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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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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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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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Regina Beach
Teaching Policy Fellow
High School Fine Arts Instructor
Noble Network of Charter Schools
Chicago Public Schools

Regina Beach teaches high school fine arts at Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy, the Exelon Campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools. She started her teaching career in 2009 as a Teach For America Chicago Corps Member. At Rowe-Clark, she is committed to providing a broad approach to art that includes art history instruction, a combination of digital and analog design, and problem solving. She advises the yearbook and runs an after school Field Experiences class where students visit Chicagoland museums and galleries. Regina is the advisory chair for the class of 2016 and the Arts & Humanities department chair. Previously, she taught on the South side of Chicago for three years at Ariel Community Academy. There, Regina was the assistant director of the K-8 Investments program and designed Economics and Personal Finance curriculum in addition to teaching investments and writing. Regina has been featured in Edutopia and participated in the NYSE Teachers' Workshop. She earned a BS in Journalism and a BS in Visual Communication from Ohio University and an MA in Teaching from Dominican University.

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Kris Beck
Teaching Policy Fellow
Science Lead Teacher
George Manierre Elementary School
Chicago Public Schools

Kris Beck is the science lead teacher at George Manierre Elementary School, where she has a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lab for 3rd through 8th grade students. She began teaching in 2010 and joined the staff at George Manierre in 2011. She loves teaching science and believes that, in order to have a democratic society, we need scientifically-literate students and citizens. Kris is a representative to her school's ILT, is on the State Adoption Committee for the Next Generation Science Standards, and is a member of the CPS REACH Performance Task Writing Team in science. She is a contributor to the CPS Science Framework and a professional development leader for middle school science teachers in association with DePaul and Loyola Universities. Kris started her teaching career as an AUSL-resident teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University and Masters of Science in Science Education from DePaul University. She is currently finishing up her endorsement in the Algebra Initiative from the University of Chicago.

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Mackenzie Beisser
Teaching Policy Fellow
6th-8th grade special education teacher
CICS West Belden
Chicago Public Schools

Mackenzie Beisser is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Mackenzie teaches 6th-8th grade inclusion English Language Arts and history at CICS West Belden, where she is a member of the parent involvement committee.  Mackenzie came to Chicago as a member of the 2013 Teach For America corps. As a corps member, she taught high school self-contained English and worked to lead professional development on co-teaching models. During her corps commitment she completed a Med in special education at National Louis University. She has a BA in early childhood special education from Saint Louis University and a Med in special education from National Louis University. 

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Brighid Bennett
Teaching Policy Fellow
Learning Behavior Specialist
Amandla Charter School
Charter School

Brighid Bennett teaches a range of subjects to students with special needs at Amandla Charter School in both inclusive and resource settings.  Brighid also teaches a Social Emotional Learning class to all students in grades 5-8.  At Amandla, Brighid serves as the Peer Leadership Coordinator and a leader of the Interventions Team, which supports’ at-risk students behavioral and functional needs. She graduated from Providence College with a BA in Elementary and Special Education and earned her MEd in Special Education, with concentrations in transition and behavior science, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  

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