Julio Alicea is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. He serves the communities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence as a social studies teacher and advisor at Blackstone Academy Charter School. As part of his many roles at BACS, he teaches world history and economics and works in the SPIRIT educational program to combat learning loss in the summer months and provide structured college access programming during the school year. In addition, Julio is an adjunct faculty member in the community development program at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies, where he teaches classes on urban education and social justice education. Julio received his BA from Swarthmore College and his MAT from Brown University.
Jason Appel is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow, and a high school math teacher with twenty-one years of public school experience. He spent his first eleven years in New York City middle and high schools, and the last ten at Barrington High School in Barrington, Rhode Island. Jason completed a two-year FuseRI fellowship with the Highlander Institute, where he worked to scale blended and personalized learning across the state of Rhode Island. He has presented at iNACOL, The Blended and Personalized Learning Conference, Tech and Learning Live, and numerous other education technology events around New England. Jason earned his BS in mathematics from the University of Oregon, and his MA in secondary mathematics education from New York University.
Emily Berman is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow and a 9th grade biology and 10th grade chemistry teacher at Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket. Previously, she taught 7th and 8th grade chemistry and physics at The Learning Community Charter School in Central Falls, Rhode Island. She has taught an after-school science enrichment program to elementary school students in Middletown, Connecticut; a service-learning course to students at Wesleyan University; and English to 4th and 5th graders in Canoa, Ecuador. Emily is a 2015 recipient of the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship (KSTF), a five-year fellowship dedicated to supporting STEM teachers. Emily also has been selected to present at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) national conference, and the 2017 Education for Liberation Network's Free Minds Free People (FMFP) national conference. She holds a BA in neuroscience and behavior and a BA in psychology from Wesleyan University, and an MAT in secondary science education from Brown University.
Lisa Biswas is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow and an 8th grade teacher at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence. She began her career teaching 6th grade self-contained at Bishop McVinney Regional School and then moved into a middle school math and science position before taking an eighth grade math position at Nathan Bishop. As head of the data team at her school, Lisa uses data to help other teachers support at-risk students. She is certified in elementary education, middle school math, and secondary math both in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Lisa holds a BA in elementary education from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a middle school certificate through coursework at Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island, and an MA in mathematics secondary education from Western Governors University.
Brian Bordieri is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. He is an advisor at The Met, an innovative career and technical school. Brian began his career working in residential treatment schools serving emotionally and behaviorally-disturbed students as a counselor and later as a program supervisor, teacher, and principal. After reforming the school to a multidisciplinary, thematic, project-based learning model he joined The Met as an advisor, graduating his first cohort of students in 2016. Brian serves as a coach for Big Picture Learning, providing pragmatic leadership for reforming schools and educators and has provided professional development locally and nationally. Brian earned his BA in psychology from Rhode Island College and holds a certification from Providence College as a highly qualified social studies teacher.
Alyssa Church is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow and a 6th grade math teacher at Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School where she is also the math coach for grades 5-8. Alyssa is dual-certified in mild-moderate special education K-8 and elementary 1-6. S She is a Rhode Island Learning Champion. She holds a BA in elementary and special education is from Providence College.
Brianne Fagan is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow and a 10th grade chemistry teacher at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence. She came to teaching after spending three years as a tutor in a middle and high school classrooms. Brianne is certified as a secondary grades chemistry teacher 7-12. During the 2016-2017 school year, she began working within the school's career and technical education department co-teaching the freshman-level pre-engineering course. Brianne has served as a member of the turnaround school leadership plan team through the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity for two years at Mount Pleasant. She earned her BS from Colorado School of Mines in chemical engineering, and her teaching certificate through Rhode Island College.
Diane Feole is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow who teaches English and rhetoric to seniors at Cranston High School West in Cranston. Diane started teaching in Cranston over 22 years ago. She began her career as an ESL teacher, and after three years transitioned into the English classroom. She also teaches AP literature and composition, honors British literature, and writing to inform and explain, a college concurrent enrollment class. Diane has taught every grade from 7th through 12th, and every level from inclusion to AP. She also teaches at the University of Rhode Island in the departments of writing and rhetoric, and secondary English education preparation. She received her BA in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and her MEd from Rhode Island College.
Ellen Foley is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow and a STEM Learning Facilitator at 360 High School focusing on math. Prior to joining 360, Ellen was a founding faculty member at Nowell Leadership Academy, a blended learning charter school for pregnant and parenting teenagers. She has spent 13 years at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, where she most recently served as Associate Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Education in the Urban Education Policy Program. She holds an MA and a PhD in education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jackie Greaves is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. She is an elementary and middle school health and physical education teacher at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy in Lincoln. She came to teaching after volunteering with and mentoring athletes who have special needs through both Special Olympics RI and the Trudeau Memorial Center. Jackie is triple-certified in health, physical education, and adapted physical education. She spent six years working for One on One Basketball Incorporated and two years for the Kent County YMCA. Jackie is a member of Shape America and RIAHPERD, where she advocates for more health and physical education minutes in schools. Jackie earned a BA in business with a concentration in sports management from St. Andrews University and an MATCP in health/physical education/APE from the University of Rhode Island.