Torri Clay is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Fellow. Torri is a 9th grade biology teacher at Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Mississippi where she is the biology department chair. Torri is on the school leadership team and serves as a liaison and mentor for new teachers. She was an editor/consultant for the Enrichment Plus MAAP Biology Edition resource guide. Torri previously taught physical science, human anatomy and physiology, botany, zoology, and biology at Starkville High School in Starkville, Mississippi, and Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, Mississippi. She was named Tupelo High School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year and received the Create Foundation’s 2016 Teacher of Distinction Award, among numerous teacher of the month awards. Torri earned a BA in Biological Sciences and an MA in Teaching Secondary Science from Mississippi State University, and an EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.
Joni Cooks is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Fellow. Joni teaches 6th-8th grade math at Pass Christian Middle School in Pass Christian, Mississippi where she serves as the district’s professional learning committee. Joni has served as grade level leader, department chair, and was recognized twice as district Teacher of the Year. She is involved in the Beta Xi Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. where she currently serves as the Tamias Grammeteus. Joni is a National Board Certified teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Spanish from Mississippi State University.
Nancy Curry is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Policy Fellow. Nancy teaches all subjects, art, and PE at Watkins Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi, where she also is a TE21 trainer for English language Arts (ELA) for all k-5 teachers and ELA Curriculum trainer for all k-5 teachers at the school. Nancy is a member of Jackson Federation of Teachers (JFT) serving as a building representative. Nancy became a teacher after 10 years at UMMC as laundry director and 20 years of tutoring high-need children. She previously mentored staff at the Parent Child Abuse center and worked with as a 9-11 Instructor. Nancy received her BA in Elementary Education from Mississippi College.
Chevonne Dixon is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Fellow. Chevonne teaches 3rd grade English language arts, math, science, and social studies at Walls Elementary School in Walls, Mississippi. Chevonne is a member of the multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) team, sponsors the drama club, and serves on the Mississippi Teacher’s Council. She previously taught at Tunica County and Greenville Public School District, where she was on the superintendent’s advisory council and was the project director for an arts commission grant. Chevonne has been Teacher of the Year for her current school and at two of her previous school districts. She graduated from Mississippi Valley State University with a BS in Elementary Education and received her MEd in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University.
Tiffany Fisher is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Fellow. Tiffany is a lead teacher at Meridian High School in Meridian, Mississippi, overseeing the science department. She has served on the science standards committee to draft the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Science Standards, and was nominated as 2017-18 Instructor of the Year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Tiffany received a BS in Biological Sciences from Tougaloo College, an MS in Biology from Mississippi College, and an EdS in Educational Leadership from William Carey University.
Neomi Green is 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Fellow. Neomi is a 4th grade ELA teacher at Canton Elementary School in Canton, Mississippi, where she is a 4th grade team leader and serves on the leadership team. Previously, Neomi taught in Madison County Schools at Highland Elementary, where she was named Teacher of the Year, served as ELA content lead, and was chosen as Titan Teacher. Neomi earned a BS in Elementary Education from Jackson State University and an MEd in Differentiated Instruction from Mississippi University for Women.
Caroline Greene is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Fellow. Caroline teaches 5th grade ELA with integrated social studies at Quitman County Middle School in Marks, Mississippi, one of the most impoverished towns in the Mississippi Delta. Caroline serves on the school’s leadership team as the 5th grade level chair, the English department chair, and 5th grade representative on the SIG (school improvement grant) committee. She is part of the PTO committee and is a teacher mentor. Caroline received her BA in elementary education from the University of Mississippi.
LaShana Middleton is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Fellow. LaShana teaches 2nd-8th grade intellectually-gifted learners at North Panola Schools, where she also serves as the gifted education coordinator. LaShana serves as the college tour advisor and is a teacher consultant for the University of Mississippi Writing Project. She has taught reading, English language arts, social studies, and gifted and has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Month, and Star Teacher. She earned her BS in Elementary Education, Gifted Certification from William Carey University, her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi, and her EdS from Delta State University.
Shelley Putnam is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Fellow. Shelley teaches 10th, 11th and 12th grade physical science, chemistry, and AP Chemistry at Columbia High School in Columbia, Mississippi. She serves as a member of her school’s leadership team and as chairperson of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) team. Shelley is a National Board Candidate Support Provider for the World Class Teachers Program, and has previously served as chairperson of her school’s professional learning community and as a teacher consultant and leadership team member for the South Mississippi Writing Project. Shelley is a National Board Certified Teacher, a two time recipient of her district’s Teacher of the Year award, and an alumna of Northrop Grumman’s Weightless Flight of Discovery Zero-G Flight Program. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BA in Biology and received her MEd in Mild and Moderate Disabilities and her SEd in Educational Leadership from William Carey University.
Alison Rausch is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy Fellow. Alison is a 5th and 6th grade special education teacher in both the resource and inclusive setting at Wheeler Attendance Center in Booneville, Mississippi, where she has served as a 21st Century Community Learning Communities tutor, check In/check out coordinator, and a Junior Beta Club cosponsor. Previously, she worked as a special educator at Coldwater Attendance Center in Coldwater, Mississippi. At Coldwater, she served as the special education department chair, Safe and Drug-Free Schools representative, and as a crisis management team member. Alison earned a BS in Special Education from Mississippi State University with, a MEd in Education from Union University, and an EdS in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.