Troy Bradbury is a Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellow. He teaches AP Capstone: Seminar and Research, 9th and 12th grade English at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, where he is also the coordinator for the AP Capstone/QUEST program and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) Professional Development School site coordinator. Troy is the curriculum specialist for the World Affairs Council Global Education Teacher Exchange Program with South Africa. He has been a mentor teacher through the UMD College of Education Professional Development School for the last 14 years, is a Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC/IREX) fellow, and has helped pilot the College Board’s AP/Cambridge Capstone program. He earned a BA in English and education and an MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jes Ellis is a Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches literacy and social studies to 3rd and 4th graders at Thomas S. Stone Elementary School in Mount Rainier, Maryland, where she chairs the 4th grade department and the environmental green team. A teacher since 2003, Jes has taught 2nd through 6th grades in five states and seven different schools, from rural Vermont to Northeast, D.C., in schools with as few as 80 and as many as 1,200 students. After spending four years at the Expeditionary Learning public charter school in Washington, D.C., Jes transferred to the Prince George's County Public School District with the mission of bringing project-based, experiential learning opportunities to children in the low-performing public schools of her neighborhood. She holds a BA in American Civilization from Brown University and an EdM from Smith College.
Maggie Lasaga-Flister is a Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellow who teaches 4th grade math and science and middle school Spanish at Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle school. Maggie is the math representative, serves on the instructional leadership team, and is a lead on the gifted and advanced learner committee. She also serves as a math professional development facilitator and a curriculum writer for Baltimore City Public Schools. Maggie is a master teacher for the Maryland State Department of Education in the area of elementary math and a current fellow with the Maryland cohort of Leading Educators. Prior to becoming a teacher, Maggie worked for the Johns Hopkins Center for Organization of Schools where she consulted with low-performing schools across the United States. Maggie graduated from Virginia Tech University with a BA in Psychology and earned an MA in Applied Developmental Psychology with an emphasis on education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Rachel Man is a Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellow. Rachel teaches 6th grade reading/English Language Arts at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School where she is also 6th grade team lead and coordinator of the positive behavior interventions and supports program. She is a current fellow with the Maryland cohort of Leading Educators and has previously taught 7th grade reading/English Language Arts at G. James Gholson Middle School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Messiah College with a BA in English with Secondary Teaching Certification.
Ronique McDaniel is a Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches 2nd grade general education at Adelphi Elementary, where she chairs the home school connection committee, social studies department, and leads the new teacher’s academy. Ronique is a member of the National Education Association’s Teacher Leadership Initiative and has served as a member of the rigorous literacy strategy team for Prince George’s County. She has previously taught both 2nd and 3rd grade and served as a school-based professional development lead teacher at Waldon Woods Elementary School. Ronique graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a BS in Elementary Education and received her MEd in Early Childhood Education from Towson University.
Michael Meadows is a Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellow teaches Italian at Hyattsville and Greenbelt Middle Schools. He is the world language department chair at Hyattsville and leads a self-started classroom management improvement program, designed to maximize consistency among teachers and academic achievement among students. Michael previously served as Director of the High School Cooperative Language Program at Yale University's MacMillan International Center and program coordinator at the Yale Teaching Center. Michael has taught courses on Italian language, literature, and cinema at Gateway Community College and Yale University, where he won the Associates in Teaching Prize in 2012. Michael graduated from Cornell University with a BArch in Architecture and received his MA, MPhil, and PhD in Italian Language and Literature from Yale University.
Mbulwa Musyoki is a Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches 8th grade intensive math and 7th grade co-taught math at Charles Carroll Middle School, where she serves students with specific learning disabilities and is also a mentor teacher. Mbulwa has previously worked with students with emotional behavioral disorders at a juvenile detention center and at Level 4 programs for students with severe behavioral and emotional disorders. Mbulwa graduated from Daystar University (Nairobi) with a BA in Communications and received her MEd in Special Education Emotional Impairment and Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University.
Julie Oxenhandler is a Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches 6th grade math at Afya Public Charter School in the Belair-Edison neighborhood of East Baltimore, where she also supports the anime club. Julie is a member of Afya’s greening committee and hosts an after-school math enrichment program. Outside of the classroom, Julie works with beginning middle school math teachers and is an instructor on classroom management at the Johns Hopkins University. Julie previously taught 7th and 8th grade English at Connexions School for the Arts, and has facilitated district PD for middle school English teachers and written curriculum for the district. She was honored by the Baltimore Jewish Council for commitment to Holocaust education in her classroom. Julie graduated from Seattle University with a BA in Marketing and a BA in English. She earned an MAT in Secondary English from the Johns Hopkins University.
Laurent Rigal is a Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellow who teaches AP physics and physics for the science and technology magnet program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Laurent is a member of the his district’s small group of physics teachers in charge of writing a new curriculum aligned with the new Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS). He is an alumnus of the Education Pioneer fellowship where he worked with the Fordham Institute on the role of teacher unions in the U.S. Laurent has previously taught physics at the Paul-Sabatier University (France) where he holds an Associate Professor position. He graduated from the National Institute of Applied Physics (France) with a MSc in Engineering and a PhD in Physics, and received his MEd in Education Policies from the George Washington University.
Ashley Smith joined Baltimore City Public Schools in 2010 and currently teaches 4th grade at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School. Prior to this position, she was a 2nd grade resident teacher at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School. Ashley entered teaching after joining the Urban Teacher Center, an alternative certification program based out of Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to working as a classroom teacher, she facilitates professional development for her district, coaching new teachers, teaching graduate classes, and hosting interns throughout the school year. Ashley graduated with a BFA from Florida State University and an MEd from Lesley University.