Michele Lamons-Raiford is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. She teaches American Sign Language at Pinole Valley High School and is the co-leader of the New Teacher Mentor Group. She previously taught English at Pinole, and currently is an adjunct English Instructor at Solano Community College. Michele was awarded the Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teachers of America Award, and Top Ten Claes Nobel Educator of the Year from The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). She was previously the Tournament Director, and is currently the Vice President of the Golden Gate Speech Association. Michele has a BA/MA in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento and a Teaching Credential from California State University, Hayward (East Bay) in English Literature and Composition, with a Supplemental Teaching Credential in American Sign Language.