Latosha Guy is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. Latosha is a National Board Certified reading/language arts teacher at King/Drew Magnet High School in South Los Angeles. Latosha has taught reading intervention, language development, Advanced Placement English, and a special all male English Literature course, and has also been a teacher librarian. She has facilitated professional development and literacy trainings at her school, and nationally through the National Alliance of Black School Educators. Latosha has also sponsored clubs and student organizations, in addition to creating schoolwide literacy events. She has been recognized by the United States Department of Education’s Initiative on Excellence for African-Americans, and is featured in “A View from the Top: Education at King Drew.” She is the State Superintendent of Education nominee to the California Writing Project Advisory Board, an America Achieves Resident Fellow, a facilitator for the Delta Sigma Theta Teacher Efficacy Campaign, and an online facilitator for the NEA ed Communities.
Stuart Hall is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Stuart teaches middle and high school mathematics and social studies at The Incubator School, an entrepreneurship pilot within LAUSD, where he also serves as testing coordinator, his union’s chapter chair, and chairperson of the school’s governing council. He has previously taught mathematics and history at Mark Twain Middle School, where he served as the gifted program coordinator and as a member and chairperson of School Site Council. Stuart holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and his teaching credentials in mathematics and social studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lisa Quon Heinsen is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Lisa is the instructional intervention coordinator at San Pascual Elementary in Highland Park, working in the classroom directly with students while also coaching teachers and facilitating professional development on the latest instructional shifts and strategies. Lisa is a LAUSD Teacher of the Year and a recipient of United Way’s Inspirational Teacher Award. She co-authored One School of Thought: Moving Toward the Common Core as an Educators 4 Excellence Policy Team Fellow. Lisa earned a BA from Pepperdine University and an MA from the University of California, Los Angeles Principal Leadership Institute.
Timothy Hilton is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow who teaches 10th grade world history and 12th grade psychology at Manual Arts Senior High School in South Los Angeles. Timothy currently serves as the new teacher support coordinator and Reed-appointed mentor teacher for his school site. Timothy has previously served on the school instructional leadership team, as a lead teacher, and was elected to serve as a school site council chair. Timothy received his BA in U.S. History, and his MA in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Long Beach. He is pursuing a PhD in Education: Policy, Evaluation, and Reform at Claremont Graduate University.
Michelle Youngblood Jarman is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Michelle teaches 8th grade language and literature in the Eagle Rock Gifted Magnet, where she is the yearbook advisor and co-sponsor of the graduating class of 2017. A National Board Certified teacher, Michelle has served as an elected member of the school site council, as well on the instructional leadership team and the safety committee & search/rescue team. In 2015, she was recognized as one of United Way’s 25 Most Inspirational Teachers to Watch in LAUSD and is the 2015-2016 LAUSD Teacher of the Year. A teacher since 1996, Michelle has taught with the Peace Corps in the Russian Far East, in several language schools in Ireland, and at the Aspect Language School at Woodbury University in Burbank. She earned a dual BA in English and Education from the University of Montana.
Victoria Kassa is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Victoria is a transitional kindergarten to 1st grade teacher at Heliotrope Elementary school in the city of Maywood in Los Angeles County. A National Board Certified teacher, Victoria serves as a mentor and resource in the areas of curricular modification for students with disabilities and encouraging appropriate behavior while providing motivation for students. Victoria has served in many capacities including professional development workshop facilitator, district intern program instructor, Professional Response to Assault Trainer (PART) mentor teacher, lead teacher, and union chairperson for the school site. She has previously taught general education students (2nd through 5th grade) as well as special needs students at several LAUSD schools. Victoria earned a BA in Black Studies and Sociology from Amherst College, a BS in Special Education and Specialist Credentials (severe and mild/moderate) from California State University, Long Beach, and her Professional Clear Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles.
Stephanie Kozofsky is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. Stephanie teaches 12th grade social justice at Valor Academy High School in Los Angeles, where she coaches the varsity girls soccer team, co-facilitates restorative justice circle training for students, and leads the flag football club. Stephanie is a diversity, equity, and inclusiveness session facilitator at Teach for America Los Angeles for first and second year teachers. A Teach for America Chicago 2014 corps member, Stephanie taught 12th grade world literature, 12th grade European history, and 10th grade English at Pritzker College Prep. Stephanie graduated from Pace University with a BA in English Language and Literature and is pursuing her MSEd from Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Jennifer Lopez is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow who teaches 6th grade history at Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy in San Fernando. At NECA, she serves as the girls’ soccer coach, student council advisor, and the induction and alumni teach project mentor. Jennifer has presented at several conferences across the country, including the California/Northwest World History Association Conference, the Learning Disabilities Association Conference, and the ECET2 Los Angeles Conference. She has also participated in summer teacher travel groups to India, China, and Japan. In 2015, Jennifer worked on Educators 4 Excellence’s Teacher Policy Team that wrote "One School of Thought: Moving Towards the Common Core." She received her BA in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MAT in Social Studies Education from Duke University.
Faiza Makhani is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Faiza teaches 8th grade U.S. history at Paul Revere Charter Middle School in West Los Angeles, where she is a member of the budget and discipline committees. A National Board Certified teacher, Faiza is part of the LAUSD history fellows that promote and develop lessons based on the Common Core History and Social Science Standards. Through her work with the Writing Project at Cal State Los Angeles, Faiza helps students build writing skills while developing a love and appreciation for writing. A Los Angeles teacher for over 12 years, Faiza earned a BA in economics and history, and her MEd from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kip Morales is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Kip teaches 12th grade AP Language & Composition at Alliance Susan and Eric Smidt Technology High School, where he is a national award-winning sponsor of the Junior State of America club. Kip is an “ALLI Coach”, where he regularly observes, collaboratively evaluates, and guides fellow teachers to increase the effectiveness of their teaching. Kip was awarded the 2014 Alliance District-wide Teacher of the Year. He is on the board of directors for the Junior Statesmen Foundation and has previously been a member of the ELA curriculum development team for two school districts, one in New Mexico and the other in Los Angeles. Kip feels he was born a teacher; he continuously has been a teacher of various disciplines since teaching for the Burbank Tennis Club at the age of 16. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BA in English and received his teaching certificate from the University of New Mexico.