Tim Adams headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
‚Äč11th grade US history teacher
DRW College Prep
Noble Network Charter Schools

Tim Adams teaches 11th grade US history and AP US history at DRW College Prep in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. Tim is also the 11th grade team lead and co-sponsors the National Honor Society chapter at the school. Currently, Tim is pursuing an M.Ed. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Educational Policy and Leadership. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in History and earned his MAT in Secondary Education from Marian University.

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Sabrina Alexander headshot
TLPL Teacher Leader
diverse learner teacher/MTSS lead
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Chicago Public Schools

Sabrina Alexander is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Change Agent Teacher Leader. Sabrina is a diverse learner teacher at Thomas Honye Fine Arts Elementary School where she also serves as the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) lead. She is a second-time National Board Certified educator and has participated as a Rochelle Lee Study Group leader, a Chicago Area Writing Project consultant, a Chicago Public Schools framework partner, a REACH performance task writer, a Chicago Public Education Fund Summer Design program leader, and a Chicago Education For Education Action Research Leadership Institute Fellow.  She holds an MA in Reading and Educational Leadership from Chicago State University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University, and is ABD in Trauma-Informed Pedagogy.

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Nicole Amato
Teaching Policy Fellow
10th grade literature and composition teacher
Pritzker College Prep
Noble Network Charter Schools

Nicole Amato teaches 10th grade classical literature and composition at Pritzker College Prep, a campus of the Noble Network Charter Schools, where she sponsors her campus’ Gay-Straight Alliance and Spoken Word Poetry Club. Encouraging dialogue and social justice is at the heart of Nicole’s work as a teacher. Nicole is a member of The National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). She graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Secondary English Education and received her MA in Literacy from Furman University.

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Sabrina Anfossi Kareem
Teaching Policy Fellow
12th grade research & rhetoric teacher
Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy
Charter School

Sabrina Anfossi Kareem teaches 12th grade research & rhetoric at the Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. A Rosenthal Social Justice Scholarship Award recipient, Sabrina presented about her work using reading as activism at the 2015 conference of the National Council for Teachers of English. Sabrina earned her BA in English Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Andrea De Armas
Teaching Policy Fellow
PreK-8th grade EL specialist
Berwyn North 98 School District

Andrea De Armas is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Andrea is the English Language (EL) Specialist for Berwyn North District 98, working with EL, bilingual, and dual language classrooms in grades PreK-8. Andrea leads the dual language teachers in professional development to create the district-wide thematic biliteracy unit, and is also a representative on the 1st grade ELA subject area committee. Andrea has started a running club and a community event at Jefferson Elementary honoring parents and students during Hispanic Heritage Month. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from DePaul University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, and an MA in Illinois Principal Preparation from Concordia University.

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Ray Baker
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school special education teacher
Lindblom Math and Science Academy
Chicago Public Schools

Ray Baker is a special education teacher at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a high school on Chicago’s south side. Ray is passionate about global education and the role it plays in connecting students around the world with their global counterparts. He is currently a fellow in the Teachers for Global Classrooms program through IREX. Ray holds a BA in Special Education from the University of Evansville, an MEd in Educational Leadership with a focus in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Learning Behavior Specialist II –Transition Specialist Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Caprice Banks
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th & 12th grade English teacher
Wendell Phillips Academy High School
Chicago Public Schools

Caprice Banks teaches 9th grade Umoja Seminar, African-American literature, and dual credit English 101/102 at Wendell Phillips Academy High School. She is also the English Department chairperson, dual credit liaison, Y3 OneGoal program director, and a sponsor for the Affinity Club and National Honor Society. She is a Chicago Shakespeare Theatre BardCore alum, a Chicago Area Writing Project alum/teacher consultant, and a 2014 Stanford University Hollyhock Fellow. She holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MEd in Educational Studies and Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MFA from Chicago State University, and an MAT from National Louis University.

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Paula S. Barajas
Teaching Policy Fellow
Learning Behavior Specialist
Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual & International Center
Chicago Public Schools

Paula Barajas teaches literacy, mathematics, science, and social emotional skills to students with disabilities in kindergarten to 2nd grade at Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual & International Center. In addition to teaching, Paula is a member of her school’s Instructional Leadership Team, the K-2 tier II intervention lead for mCLASS, and coordinates the 21st Century after-school program. Paula became a teacher after working as the Associate Program Coordinator at UIC’s Urban Education Leadership Program. She graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a BA in Rehabilitation Services, and earned both an MEd in Educational Measurement Statistics and Assessment and an MEd in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

 

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Kimberly Baren hedashot
TLPL Teacher Leader
7th grade math teacher
MacArthur Middle School
Berkeley School District 87

Kimberly Baren is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Berkeley Teacher Leader. Kimberly is a 7th grade math teacher at MacArthur Middle School. Previously, she led an intervention at a private school and collaborated with colleagues in Dekalb to write the mathematics curriculum, aligning the standards to the teaching resources.  At her previous schools, Kimberly facilitated meetings to look at data to inform grade-level interventions and has coached several athletic teams. Kimberly earned a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics and her Middle School endorsement from Eastern Illinois University. 

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Jonathan Baymon
Teaching Policy Fellow
7th-8th grade social studies teacher
Hillside School
District 93

Jonathan Baymon is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Jonathan is a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher at Hillside School in Hillside, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. Jonathan is the facilitator of Hillside's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Tier I team and a member of the school's PERA (Performance Evaluation Reform Act) Joint committee. He is the advisor to student council, the multicultural club, and National Geographic Bee. Jonathan holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, an MA in Secondary Education from Depaul University, and an MA in School Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago.

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