Phyllis Adkins is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Change Agent Teacher Leader. Phyllis teaches math and mentors Pretty Brown Girls at Adam Clayton Powell Academy. Her previous teaching experience includes working with Chicago Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools, and District 299 as a lead teacher, consultant teacher, and induction coach. She was an award recipient from Who’s Who Among America’s Teacher for three consecutive seasons. Phyllis won WGN/Sylvan’s Teacher of the Month the Foundation for Education/ JoAnna’s SHOPA Award for Innovative Teaching. She earned an MA in Elementary Education from National Louis University, Chicago, an MS in Educational Technology from Concordia University, River Forest, IL, and an MA in Organizational Leadership, With Triple Concentration in Training and Developing, Not-For-Profit, and Organizational Management from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL.
Bethany Alberts is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Change Agent Teacher Leader. Bethany teaches middle school math at the Herzl School of Excellence. She is a member of the school’s instructional leadership team and the 3rd-8th grade math lead. She formerly taught at Amandla Charter School where she was the science department head and a member of the Foundations team. She is a Teach For America alum and worked as an instructional coach for corps members at Teach for America. She previously taught at Zavala Elementary School in Harlingen, Texas. She has been awarded four Chicago Fund for Education study group grants in her pursuit for professional growth. Bethany earned a BA in Criminal Justice and International Affairs from The George Washington University and an MEd in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois Chicago.
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.
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.
Corinne Biswell is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Corinne is an agricultural science educator for West Prairie CUSD #103 in the rural community of Sciota, Illinois, where she teaches veterinary science, agricultural business, agricultural communications, and introductory agricultural courses for grades 8-12th. Corinne is the co-advisor for the West Prairie Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter and is the data administrator for her middle school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program. She served as president of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers and worked with the Rural School and Community Trust and the USDA to engage in international agricultural education experiences. Her agriculture program was selected as the Illinois Outstanding Middle/Secondary program in 2018. Corinne earned a BS in Agriculture Education from the University of Illinois, an MS in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies, and an MS in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University.
Maddi Bodine is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Fellow. Maddi teaches early childhood special education at Kingston Elementary School in Kingston, Illinois, where she also serves as an area representative for her district’s union and is a member of the DeKalb Basics team through DeKalb County’s Regional Office of Education. Maddi previously taught in a self-contained autism program at Southbury Elementary School in Oswego, Illinois. She graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in special education and received her MEd in Literacy Education with a focus on bilingual/ESL from Northern Illinois University.
Katie Cannady is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Fellow. Katie teaches kindergarten at the Brighton Park Campus of Acero Charter Schools in Chicago. She is a volunteer with the Rochelle Lee Teacher Award and is a two-time recipient of the grant. Katie also serves as Strike Leader for the United Educators for Justice contract negotiations. As a preschool teacher, she has helped vet and implement a social emotional curriculum at University of Chicago Charter School’s Donoghue Campus. A Teach For America alumna, Katie graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Journalism and received her MEd in Early Childhood Education from Dominican University.
Nicole Cannon is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Fellow. Nicole teaches pre-3/pre-K at Cuddle Care Learning Center in Riverdale, Illinois, where she is the Head Start teacher. She earned a BA in Elementary Education and a MED in Administration/Supervision from Southern University A and M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Shannon Carr is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Fellow. Shannon teaches Preschool at Perkins Bass Elementary School in Chicago. She is a Community Schools Initiative Program Supervisor with Children’s Home + Aid nonprofit agency and a Core Leader of a support group for women impacted by domestic violence in the Grand Crossing community. Shannon became a teacher after years of volunteering in Chicago Public Schools and Atlanta Public Schools. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a BA in Early Childhood Education and received her MA in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Chicago.
Vincent Cefali is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Vince teaches choral and general music at Lincoln Middle School in Berwyn, Illinois,where he has directed the award-winning Lincoln Honors Choir. He has served the district as a coach and professional development leader on culturally-responsive teaching practices and confronting teacher bias in the classroom. Vincent graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in Music Education and received his MEd in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University.