Shonda Ronen is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches 1st grade at Beckemeyer Elementary in Hillsboro, Illinois. Shonda is the vice president of the Hillsboro Unit Education Association and has also served as its president. Shonda was the elementary team leader for the task force that has revised the Illinois State Social Studies Standards and continues to help with the implementation of these standards. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Education and earned a MEd in Teacher Leadership from Greenville College and a Type 75 Administrator Certificate from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.