ASSESSMENT ADVISOR
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The NEA encourages its members to use Assessment Advisor to rate the assessments they’ve used in their classrooms! 4,000 teachers in 40 states have checked out the site so far. Have you?

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John Lee
John Lee
Executive Director, Los Angeles, CA
jlee@teachplus.org

John Lee has committed his career to urban public education and brings a strong track record of entrepreneurial education reform. Previously, John served as the Executive Director of Larchmont Schools, a network of charter schools in Los Angeles. He also served as the Director of Leadership for the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), where he advised new charter schools on growth, training, establishment of program goals, strategic planning, data-driven decision making and leadership development. Prior to joining CCSA, John was the Founder and Principal of KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory School, a high-performing charter middle school serving students in Lincoln Heights and surrounding communities. In this role, he created a successful academic program and operational infrastructure, created and managed budgets, and recruited and developed staff.

As a Teach for America corps member, John began his career as a social studies teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. John earned his B.A. from UCLA and his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University where he was a learning team leader mentoring teachers on effective teaching strategies in the urban classroom. He also completed the KIPP School Leadership Program, an intensive year-long program that trains individuals to open a KIPP school. John serves on the board of two Los Angeles-area nonprofit organizations and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at UCLA through the Educational Leadership Program.


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Jonathan Ortega
Los Angeles T+ Network Coordinator
jortega@teachplus.org

Jonathan is the T+ Network Coordinator for Teach Plus in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Teach Plus, Jonathan  was the founder and curator of Loyola Marymount University’s inaugural TEDx event in which he and his team brought thought leaders from around the country to offer their innovative “ideas worth spreading” in regards to improving educational outcomes for all students in Los Angeles.  Jonathan and his team won the "Dean's Award" from LMU for outstanding contributions to the School of Education and to the community.  Jonathan’s passion for education was sparked when he founded the P.A.C.E (prepare to achieve a college education) program at UC Berkeley, in which college juniors and seniors were trained to offer counseling services at under resourced high schools.

Jonathan began his teaching career as a Teach for America corps member, in South Central Los Angeles at View Park Prep Middle School. Jonathan taught 6th grade English, History, and an Entreprenuership elective he created called "Execuitve Functions."  During his tenure at View Park Prep Middle School Jonathan held numerous leadership positions including department chair and cadre lead for all secondary ELA teachers in the ICEF family of schools.  Jonathan was also nominated as "Teacher of the Year" at View Park Prep Middle School during the 2012-2013 school year. Jonathan received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University.