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
Senior Fellow
Special education teacher
Mount Pleasant High School
Providence Public School District

Danielle Bercovicz is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Senior Policy Fellow. A returning Fellow, Danielle teaches 11th grade Research Seminar and 12th grade transition and is the special education teacher leader at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, RI. She came to Rhode Island and teaching through Teach For America in 2012 and is still actively involved in the organization. Danielle earned her BA in Psychology and Communication with a minor in Education as a Social Science from Rutgers University and her 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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Joyce Bernau-Enriquez
Teaching Policy Fellow
Music teacher/director
Central High School
Providence Public Schools

Joyce Bernau-Enriquez is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Policy Fellow. Joyce teaches music at Central High School in Providence, RI, where she coordinates a volunteer program for her piano students to provide music for patients receiving autoimmune treatments at the Miriam Hospital.  As a member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of RI, Joyce co-chairs a youth initiative that affords opportunities for college and high school students to become involved in world affairs, and serves on the programming  committee enlisting  speakers for events. Joyce graduated with a BA in Music from Rhode Island College and is pursuing a Masters of Arts Holistic Leadership program at Salve Regina University.

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Lisa Biswas headshot
Senior Fellow
11th grade Algebra II teacher
360 High School
Providence Public Schools

Lisa Biswas is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Senior Policy Fellow. Lisa is an 11th grade algebra II and financial literacy teacher at 360 High School in Providence RI. Previously, she taught  middle school mathematics in Providence. Lisa is a member of the Better Math Teaching Network. She has coached middle school basketball for 15 years in Providence and high school fast pitch softball for 10 years at East Greenwich High School. Lisa graduated with an elementary education degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and an MA in secondary education mathematics from Western Governors University.

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Kaki Blackburn
Senior Fellow
Kindergarten teacher
Manzanita Community School
Oakland Unified School District

Kaki Blackburn is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Senior Policy Fellow.  Kaki teaches kindergarten at Manzanita Community School in Oakland, California, where she serves on the school’s positive behavior intervention supports team and the school site council. Kaki created and oversees a partnership with Saint Mary’s College to provide classroom supports for at-risk students during the school day. She was also part of the 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellowship, in which she worked to improve supports for Emergent Bilingual students. She previously taught 4th grade at Little Rock Preparatory Academy where she was awarded the The Fred and June Hemphill Teaching Fellowship for exemplary achievement as a first-year teacher. Prior to teaching, Kaki served as an AmeriCorps members with City Year in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from from George Mason University with a BA in Government & International politics and earned her MAT in elementary education from Brown 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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Maddi Bodine
Senior Fellow
Early childhood special education teacher
Kingston Elementary School
Genoa, Illinois

Maddi Bodine is a 2019–20 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Senior 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. She facilitates professional development workshops specifically for early childhood teachers at her local 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.

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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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