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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Meaghan Bell headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
Resource teacher
Itinerant LAUSD West
Los Angeles Unified School District

Meaghan Bell is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Meaghan is an itinerant resource teacher serving students with disabilities in LAUSD. She started her career in education as a literacy tutor in San Francisco before joining Teach For America in Los Angeles. She previously taught math in the special day program and served as a math department co-chair at Burbank Middle School, which was named a School To Watch by the California League of Middle Schools. The CLMS also recognized Meaghan as an Educator of the Year in 2013. She works as a math workshop facilitator for the non-profit textbook company, College Preparatory Mathematics, supporting general and special education teachers. She earned her BA from the University of San Francisco and MA in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University.

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Katie Benningfield
Senior Fellow
6th grade Pre-AP math and Pre-AP science teacher
School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove
Dallas ISD

Katie Bennngfield is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Senior Policy Fellow. A distinguished educator, Katie teaches 6th grade Pre-AP science and Pre-AP math at Dallas ISD’s School for the talented and gifted in Pleasant Grove. She directs the Disney Musical in Schools Program and leads the Destination Imagination teams. Katie also serves as the Board Chair for The Collective Board, Teach For America’s Alumni of Color organization. She has previously developed a city code-based education program as a Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellow with the Dallas City Attorney’s Office and Leadership for Educational Equity, and was a Racial Justice Fellow with Teach For America. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Political Science and English and received her MEd in Education from Southern Methodist University.

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Danielle Bercovicz headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
11th and 12th grade special education teacher
Mount Pleasant High School
Providence Public School District

Danielle Bercovicz is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow.  Danielle teaches 11th and 12th grade special education transition courses at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, RI. She is the special education teacher leader and a member of the Empowerment Leadership Team at Mount Pleasant. Danielle was formally an inclusion special education teacher and worked as the district grant writer. She came to Rhode Island and Mount Pleasant through Teach For America in 2012 and has been an active alumna since her time in the corps. Danielle earned a BA in Psychology and Communication with a minor in Education as a Social Science from Rutgers University and a MA in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.

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Emily Bermes
Teaching Policy Fellow
1st grade teacher
Catalyst Maria Charter School

Emily Bermes is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Policy Fellow. Emily teaches 1st grade at Catalyst Maria Charter School, where she also serves as the primary team leader and a teacher mentor. In these roles, Emily advocates for developmentally-appropriate instructional practices and supports with training and mentoring new teachers. Additionally, Emily coordinates and coaches for her school’s Girls on the Run program. Emily graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Wittenberg University and earned an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and an ESL Endorsement from National Louis University.

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Phyllis Bliven
Teaching Policy Fellow
Early childhood educator teacher
Illini Central Pre-K

Phyllis Bliven is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Policy Fellow. Phyllis teaches early childhood special education at the Illini Central Pre-K. She previously worked for the Early Childhood Division of the Illinois State Board of Education, where she was in charge of the community collaboration grant and the KIDS coaches project. Before that, she was the coordinator for the Pre-K program at  Illini Central. Phyllis graduated from Illinois State University with a BA in education and received an MA in  Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University. 

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Adam Bogs
Teaching Policy Fellow
10th grade math and science teacher
Victory College Prep
Lighthouse Academies

Adam Bogs is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Adam teaches chemistry and math 10 at Victory College Prep in Indianapolis, IN, where he also serves as the lead data coordinator, head wrestling coach, and a 9th grade advisor. Adam is a 2017 Teach for America Alum of the Indianapolis Corps. He has previously taught chemistry, physics, and pre-calculus at Indianapolis Lighthouse College Prep Academy–South. Adam earned a BA in Chemistry and Spanish  from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis an MA in Teaching from Marian University.

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Jody Bosomworth headshot
TLPL Teacher Leader
Kindergarten teacher
Lovejoy Elementary School
Alton Community Unit School District #8

Jody Bosomworth is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Rural Teacher Leader. Jody is a two-time National Board Certified Early Childhood kindergarten teacher at Lovejoy Elementary. She serves on the school’s leadership team and is a National Board Facilitator for the Triad district. She is active in the Illinois Education Association and serves as the region vice-chair. Jody holds an EdS in Curriculum Design for Minority Populations and is pursuing her doctorate at McKendree University.

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Kelvin Bradford
Teaching Policy Fellow
6th grade science and social studies teacher
Skyview Elementary
Richardson ISD

Kelvin Bradford is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Kelvin teaches 6th grade science and social studies at Skyview Elementary, where he serves on the positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) team and the technology team. Kelvin helps facilitate two afterschool programs; a tech club for 3rd-6th grades and a mentoring program for male students in 4th-6th grades. Kelvin has previously taught in the resource classroom for grades kindergarten through 5th, served as the ESL lead teacher for his campus, and served as the district Section 504 facilitator. Kelvin received a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Phoenix, Dallas Campus, an MS in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, and an MS in Special Education from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN.

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Melody M. Bradley
Teaching Policy Fellow
Self-contained special education teacher
Grand Prairie High School
Grand Prairie ISD

Melody Bradley is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Melody is a self-contained special education teacher, serving students with behavioral and emotional needs at Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, TX. She serves on the campus AVID committee and as a Flippen Group Process Champion Capturing Kids Heart Campus Ambassador. Melody has served as special education department chair and created a speaker’s bureau for students in grades 6-12 at YWLA, Grand Prairie’s single gender female leadership academy. In 2008, her colleagues at Sallye Moore Elementary voted her the campus Teacher of the Year. She received a BSE in Special Education from the University of Central Arkansas, an MA in Education, Supervision and Administration from the University of Phoenix, and completed post graduate work in Educational Leadership and Educational Technology (ABD). 

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