Elysa Arroyo
Teaching Policy Fellow
2nd grade teacher
Red Rock Elementary
Clark County School District

Elyssa Arroyo is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Nevada Policy Fellow. Elysa is a 2nd grade teacher at Red Rock Elementary, where she is also the founder and director of the theatre program and has served as both a mentor teacher and grade level chair. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Elysa has completed public policy fellowships in Las Vegas, Nevada with the Governor's Office of Workforce Innovation, Opportunity 180, and the Nevada Department of Education. Elysa has a BA from the University of California, Riverside in Classical Studies and Comparative Ancient Civilizations, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is finishing an MPAP in Public Administration and Policy from American University.

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Emily Bassier headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
Earth science and algebra teacher
Equipo Academy
Nevada State Public Charter School Authority

Emily Bassier is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Emily teaches 7th  grade earth science and high school Algebra II problem solving, and develops teachers as an instructional coach.  She is a founding member of the leadership team at Equipo Academy, a public charter school in east Las Vegas created by a local group of students, families, and teachers. Prior to working at Equipo Academy, Emily taught in the Clark County School District as an elementary school teacher.  Emily graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in political science and economics, joined the teaching profession through Teach for America, and earned an MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Ben Beckam headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
K-8th grade mathematics Instructional coach
Washoe County School District

Ben Beckam is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Ben is a mathematics K-8 instructional coach in the Washoe County School District. In this role, he engages in co-teaching cycles with teachers, writes and vets curriculum documents, and provides professional learning. He is a member of the math content leaders team and serves on the board of the Northern Nevada Math Council. Ben previously taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, served as a mentor teacher for new teachers, and coached the school soccer team. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a BA in psychology and received his MEd in STEM education from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Kenneth Belknap headshot
Senior Fellow
12th grade social studies teacher
Del Sol Academy for the Performing Arts
Clark County School District

Kenneth Belknap is a Teach Plus Nevada Senior Policy Fellow. Kenneth teaches AP and Honors US government at Del Sol Academy for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, where he is also chairman of his school’s organization team. Kenneth is a member of the Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Cabinet, is on the Executive board for Clark County Education Association and was a member of National Education Association’s and Consortium for Educational Change’s second cohort of the Early Career Leadership fellowship. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BS in Secondary Education with a focus in social studies.

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Stacey Dallas Johnston
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school English/humanities teacher
Mission High School
Clark County School District

Dallas Johnston is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Nevada Policy Fellow. Dallas teaches English 11 and 12, mythology, and creative writing at Mission High School. She served as the inaugural Teacher Leader in Residence at the Nevada Dept of Education in 2018-2019 and as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in 2016-2017. Over her career in education, Dallas has served as a student council advisor, a department chair, a teacher trainer with employee onboarding, and a mentor teacher for six different student teachers. She has been honored with the Heart of Education Finalist Award, UNLV’s Teacher of the Game, and has been inducted into the CCSD Excellence in Education Hall of Fame. She frequently contributes to educational publications such as the Education Post and runs her own independent blog. Dallas is a graduate of UNLV’s College of Education with a BS in Secondary Education/Minor in English Literature and earned her Master’s degree in Education from Regis University Denver.

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Tracy Edwards
Teaching Policy Fellow
5th grade English teacher
Odyssey Charter Schools

Tracy Edwards is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Nevada Policy Fellow. Tracy teaches 5th grade English language arts at Odyssey Charter Schools in Las Vegas, where she develops curriculum for ELA and science. Tracy has held various positions in the public school sector, including instructional coach and department chair. She has served as lead curriculum designer and professional development specialist for DePaul University/Digital Youth Network in Chicago, where she assisted in the design and implementation of an online writing curriculum for elementary schools throughout the city. Tracy has worked as a teacher in the United Arab Emirates, where she focused on enhancing English Language Learners instruction through meaningful use of technology. She is a board member at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Las Vegas Chapter and serves as a mentor for College of Southern Nevada (CSN)’s Nevada Promise Scholarship program. Tracy earned Bachelors degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana and her EdD in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University where she published her dissertation, “The Impact of Online Professional Development on Teacher Classroom Practices.”

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Brad Evans
Teaching Policy Fellow
ELL facilitator and instructional coach
Valley High School
Clark County School District

Brad Evans is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Nevada Policy Fellow. Brad is the English language learner (ELL) facilitator and instructional coach at Valley High School. He is a Clark County Education Association Representative, a member of the Nevada DOE State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Cabinet, and serves as the Vice President of Nevada TESOL. Brad has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally at SNELS, CATESOL, NABE, and TESOL International conferences. He is an alum of the Public Education Foundation’s Teacher Leadership Academy, has represented the faculty on the school organizational team, and has served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council from 2016 to 2018. He began his teaching career in Washington, D.C. and has since taught in Poitiers, France; Memphis, TN; Montreal, QC, Canada; and Las Vegas. Brad holds two BAs in English and Spanish from the Mississippi University for Women, an MA in Anglo-American Literatures and Cultures from the Universit√© de Poitiers, an MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from the University of Memphis, an MEd in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is currently completing his PhD in Education from McGill University.

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Malcolm Gillard
Teaching Policy Fellow
GATE specialist
Dean Allen Elementary
Clark County School District

Malcolm Gillard is a 2019-2020 Teach Plus Nevada Policy Fellow. Malcolm teaches gifted and talented education at Dean Allen Elementary in Las Vegas. He is a three-time recipient of the Judith Steele Elementary School “Distinguished Star Award”, and has received Rotary Club’s “Excellence Service Award” and Kathy L. Batterman Elementary School’s “Making a Difference” Award. He is a member of the Human Rights Campaign for the Las Vegas Chapter. Malcolm began his teaching career in Los Angeles, California at a private school and has been teaching for Clark County School District since 2003. He graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies from the California State University, Dominguez Hills and an MA in Elementary Education from Pepperdine University. He earned his doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership and Human Services from Nova Southeastern University.

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Sarah Hartman headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
2nd and 3rd grade teacher
Elaine Wynn Elementary School
Clark County School District

Sarah Hartman is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Sarah teaches 2nd and 3rd grade at Elaine Wynn Elementary School in Las Vegas.  Sarah is a member of the TNTP Lead Nevada Academy cohort and a previous member of the Nevada Leadership in Educational Equity cohort. Sarah became a teacher after volunteering and advocating for quality instructional equity at Milwaukee urban schools. She graduated from Marquette University with a BS in political science and received her MEd in elementary education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

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Deanne Hicks headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
4th grade teacher
Kate Smith Elementary
Washoe County School District

Deanne Hicks is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Deanne is a 4th grade teacher at Kate Smith Elementary in Sparks, Nevada. She is a STEM mentor teacher for Washoe County, and a member of the Teachers Leading Change Cohort. Deanne has taught kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, coached high school, and was an instructional coach in literacy. She has collaborated with colleagues to institute a pre-K program in her Title I elementary school, and to design and implement a district-wide professional development initiative to roll out of the Common Core Standards. Deanne earned a BS in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an a MEd from Lesley College. Deanne is a National Board Certified teacher in Literacy.  

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