Thomas Courtney is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Senior Policy Fellow who teaches 5th grade at Chollas-Mead Elementary School in San Diego, where he has been honored with teacher of the year on three occasions. Thomas is a Fulbright Fellow with the U.S. State Department’s Teacher for Global Classrooms. He serves as a guide teacher with SDSU and is a member of the CTC workgroup renewing the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. He writes and presents about passions such as SEL, global competency and literacy, conservation science, and teacher induction. He is currently researching classroom pedagogy around note-taking with the Teacher Led Research Network. Thomas holds a MEd with an emphasis on literacy and assessment, a teacher credential with USD and a BA in Economics from UCSD.