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The 2014-15 D.C. cohort of Teaching Policy Fellows will focus on federal education policy. The fellows will take a deep look at how federal policy can improve high-need students’ access to effective, experienced teachers and teacher preparation. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with prominent federal policymakers and national thought leaders on these topics as well as others. The 2014-15 cohort will include teachers from eligible schools in Alexandria Public Schools, Anne Arundel Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools, D.C. Public Charter Schools, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery Public Schools.
The Teach Plus D.C. Teaching Policy Fellowship officially launched on January 31, 2012, with the help of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Meet the Washington, D.C. Teaching Policy Fellows 2013-2014 Cohort:
Shane Donovan — E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Shane has been teaching physics for four years and is starting his second year at EL Haynes Charter School in Petworth. He has worked in teacher development as a teacher coach and school director for Teach for America's summer institute, and thinks a lot about how to teach science in a meaningful way. In his spare time he plays soccer, tennis, and jazz and classical guitar!
Meghan Dunne — Tubman Elementary School
Meghan is a first grade teacher at Tubman Elementary School. Previous to this role, she spent four years as an Kindergarten teacher at Anne Beers Elementary School, where she served as one of the data leads for her school as well as a teacher lead for Beers' family engagement efforts in partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation. Meghan received a Master of Education from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in public policy with honors from the College of William and Mary.
Araceli Flores — D.C. Prep, Edgewood Middle
Araceli is a 5th grade math teacher at D.C. Prep Edgewood Middle School Campus. As a 2011 Teach For America corps member, Araceli taught 6th-8th grade math at Charles Hart Middle School in Southeast, Washington D.C. At Hart, Araceli helped pilot a highly differentiated, blended learning program called Teach to One, which melds best practice teaching models with innovative technology. As a TFA corps member, Araceli also served as a Community Ambassador and Alumni Mentor. Araceli's educational interests include school choice, quality control, and targeted professional development for new and struggling teachers. Araceli graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations, with a focus on Comparative Political Economy.
Laurel Horn — Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School
Laurel is in her sixth year teaching ninth-grade special education at Thurgood Marshall Academy, a public charter high school in Washington, D.C. At TMA Laurel redesigned the ninth-grade English curriculum to align with the Common Core Standards. This year Laurel will be expanding her role to coordinate the school's family engagement programs. Outside of the classroom, Laurel founded the TMA Wilderness Club as well as a Women’s College Cohort, and coaches the varsity volleyball team. Laurel was a Leadership for Education Equity Summer Policy and Advocacy Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Family Engagement Teacher Fellow with the Flamboyan Family Foundation and a Kurt Hahn Fellow with North Carolina Outward Bound. She is also a winner of the Teach For America Social Innovation Challenge. Laurel earned her BA in Honors Psychology and Hispanic Studies from Scripps College and an MEd in K-12 Special Education from George Mason University.
John Howard — William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School
John is a first grade teacher at the William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts in Northeast D.C. At He is currently working on updating and improving his school's policies, as well as, implementing a mentor program for rising 8th graders. After earning his B.A. in French from Bowdoin College, he spent a year teaching English at the Huzhou Teacher's college in Huzhou, China. After moving back to the U.S., he moved to D.C. with his wife and was accepted into the Inspired Teaching Fellowship, where he became a founding staff member for the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School. John has also served as a member of the Americorps D.C. Leadership Council where he helped promote professional networking events for active Americorps service members. He recently received his M.A.T. from Trinity University in D.C. and will begin his Master's in Education Administration this fall.
Carey Kilbourn — Mckinley Technology High School
Carey is entering her fourth year with DCPS and currently teachers social studies at McKinley Technology High School. Originally from Burke, Virginia, Carey attended the University of Virginia (UVA) where she majored in history. Following her long-time calling to education, Carey continued her studies, earning a Master’s of Teaching from UVA. From there, Carey pursued her passion for improving the state of urban education by coming to D.C. Public Schools. An active member of the McKinley community, Carey has sponsored the Student Government Association among other groups. Recently she co-sponsored a trip to Tianjin, China where McKinley students successfully competed in a Model United Nations conference. As a participant in DCPS's partnership with the Center for Inspired Teaching, Carey recently wrote a curriculum module for the "Building Literacy in Social Studies" (BLISS) grant, which focused on implementation of Common Core Standards in daily instruction. Carey has served on various leadership committees within the school setting and currently serves as the social studies department chair
Jessica Levknecht — Banneker Academic High School
Jessica is a Latin teacher at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. She moved to Washington D.C. in 2006 after completing her Bachelors in Secondary Education, History and Latin at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Each year, Jessica’s students sit for the National Latin Exam (NLE), on which approximately eighty percent routinely score higher than the national average. During the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, she was rated Highly Effective on the IMPACT evaluation system. Jessica is Banneker’s TeacherLEAD for the 2013-2014 school year and has served for several years on Banneker’s SCAC and LSAT committees. She has worked on assessment creation and standards development for both DCPS and OSSE. Jessica holds a M.A. in International Education from The George Washington University.
Megan Lucas — Stanton Elementary School
Megan is a first grade teacher at D.C. Scholars: Stanton Elementary School in Southeast D.C. As a 2008 corps member in Teach for America’s Metro D.C. Region, she taught kindergarten and first grade in Prince George’s County. Megan joined the Stanton team in 2010 as a founding teacher in their turnaround effort. In 2011, Megan joined the Flamboyan Foundation as a Family Engagement Trainer and represented her school and fellow educators on a panel on family engagement with Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Megan holds a B.S in Communication Studies from Florida State University and a Master’s of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. Megan’s education interests include teacher retention at high-needs schools, family engagement, and professional development for established educators.
Elizabeth Malcolm — Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Elizabeth is a 10th grade English teacher at Columbia Heights Educational Campus. She entered the teaching profession through D.C. Teaching Fellows in 2010, after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Duke University. Elizabeth has continued to be involved with D.C. Teaching Fellows by participating in Fellow selection and working at their summer training as an instructor. She also runs a book club with students after school.
Josie Malone — Phelps A.C.E. High School
Josie teaches 11th and 12th grade English and AP English Language at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School in DCPS. After earning a B.A. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, she moved to Washington, D.C. as a D.C. Teaching Fellow. In 2010, she earned her Master’s degree in teaching from American University. She works as a Teacher Lead and facilitates student leadership as an advisor of the Student Government Association at Phelps. Josie is a Common Core Reading Corps Fellow with DCPS and a National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education Fellow. She also instructs new DC Teaching Fellows and Teach For America teachers with TNTP’s Academy. Josie received the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Educators in 2012.
Wagma Mommandi — Cardozo High School
Wagma is a Science teacher and volleyball and softball coach at Cardozo High School. She has taught Biology for four years. Wagma currently serves as a Teacher Selection Ambassador with DCPS and is a member of the 2013-2014 cohort of the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE). Wagma has served in many roles with TNTP, including a teacher selector, a teacher development coach. During the 2012-2013 school year, she served as a mentor, as well as a Secondary Science Content Seminar Instructor, modeling instructional strategies. During the 2013-2014 school year, Wagma will serve as the Teacher Lead at Cardozo. Wagma holds a B.A. in Biology from The Colorado College and a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from American University. Wagma is a 2009 alumnus of the D.C. Teaching Fellows. Her educational interests include teacher performance based evaluation systems, teacher recruitment and retention and school turnaround.
Corinne Rucker — Eaton Elementary School
Corinne is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at John Eaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Prior to her four years of teaching ESL, Corinne taught second grade for two years. She currently serves as ESL Lead Teacher and Testing Chair, and Director and Coach of the John Eaton Tennis Club. Corinne enjoys learning about the different countries, languages, and cultures of the English language learners she teaches. She looks forward to using her teaching experience to make meaningful contributions to policy initiatives through the Teaching Policy Fellowship. Corinne received a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in History and German Language and Literature from Amherst College.
Anna Salzberg — E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Anna is an 8th grade literacy teacher at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. She is a graduate of Kenyon College, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature. After graduating, she spent a year teaching English in rural northeastern Thailand on a Fulbright Fellowship. She then moved back to her hometown of Washington, D.C. and began her career in urban education at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy, where she was the 8th grade-level lead and an 8th grade literacy teacher. She ran the EL Haynes branch of the News Literacy Project, a newspaper club that links students with mentor reporters from Bloomberg News. As a member of the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team, she develops online common-core aligned reading and writing lessons. Her educational interests include teacher retention, high-stakes testing, and creating a classroom that inspires all students to become lovers of literature.
Claire Steinbeck — D.C. Prep Public Charter School, Benning Elementary
Claire is an early childhood special education and intervention teacher at DC Prep’s Benning Elementary, where she also serves as the Grade Level Lead for the Kindergarten team. At DC Prep, Claire supports students’ academic and social success through co-teaching, small group resource room instruction, and individualized positive behavior supports. Claire entered teaching through TNTP’s DC Teaching Fellows (DCTF) program, after earning a BA in Psychology from Mercer University and serving with AmeriCorps as a City Year Washington DC corps member. Before joining DC Prep, Claire taught special education at Browne Education Campus as an inclusion teacher and then in a self-contained classroom for early childhood students with autism. Outside the classroom, Claire has worked with TNTP as a selector at interview events, as a Teacher Development Coach during summer pre-service training, and leading ongoing professional development for special education fellows. Claire’s educational interests include access to equal education for special education students, collaboration between charter and traditional district schools, training and coaching of novice teachers, and teacher retention.
Ashlee Watson — Drew Elementary School
Ashlee is a Special Education teacher at Drew Elementary in Northeast, Washington D.C. She began her teaching career as a D.C. Teaching Fellow and has taught students in grades 2nd – 5th as a resource, inclusion and self-contained teacher. She serves as her school representative to the Washington Teachers Union, on the local school advisory team, and as a teacher lead. After school, she also works as a writing and soccer coach for D.C. Scores. Her educational interests include teacher retention at Title I schools, urban school leadership, and educational equity. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.