Shelley Putnam is a 2022-2023 Teach Plus National Senior Writing Fellow. Shelley teaches middle school science in South Mississippi. She is a Professional Learning Facilitator for the World Class Teachers Program and a member of the South Mississippi Writing Project. Shelley is an alumna of Northrop Grumman’s Weightless Flight of Discovery Zero-G Flight Program, and has worked as an elementary school special education teacher, a middle school science teacher, a high school chemistry teacher, and schoolwide Multi Tier Support System (MTSS) coordinator. Shelley 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. She is an alumna of Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellowship and has previously served as Senior Fellow with that program. Her op-eds have been published in What’s the Plus, among others.