2013 Education Innovation Fellows

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Kylie Alsofrom, Rocketship Education

Kylie Alsofrom began her career in education in 2009 as a Teach For America corps member at DC Bilingual Public Charter School. Kylie taught special education (first through fifth grade) as an inclusion, resource, and self-contained teacher throughout her two-year commitment. In her second year as a corps member, Kylie served as a content team leader, providing support to elementary special educators. Kylie was awarded the Edith Tatel Education Award for Excellence in Teaching for her accomplishments during her TFA commitment. In 2011, Kylie joined the staff of the DC Prep Edgewood Elementary Campus in Northeast D.C., where she taught second grade and served as the second grade level lead for her campus. She then began coaching teachers and developing content curriculum at DC Prep Benning Elementary as the math and science/social studies coordinator. In 2014, Kylie became the assistant principal at Rocketship Spark Academy in San Jose, California. She earned her master’s degree in special education from George Mason University and holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies and art history from Claremont McKenna College.

 

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Tanesha Dixon, Mary Jane Patterson Fellow

Tanesha Dixon is a 2015–2016 Mary Jane Patterson Fellow for Aspiring Principals. Previously, she was a sixth through eighth grade social studies teacher at Wheatley Education Campus in Northeast Washington, D.C. Prior to teaching at Wheatley, Tanesha was both a middle and high school teacher in Gainesville, Florida, where she was honored as the county’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in secondary social studies education from the University of Florida.

 

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Shane Donovan, E.L. Haynes Public High School

Shane Donovan is a ninth grade physics teacher at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in the Petworth area of Washington, D.C. Before joining the E.L. Haynes team, he taught physical sciences, physics, and civics at Fels High School in Philadelphia. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2009 with a degree in social studies and French, and he earned his master’s degreen in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

 

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Meghan Dunne Raderstrong, Tubman Elementary School

Meghan Dunne Raderstrong is a literacy interventionist and literacy coach at Harriet Tubman Elementary School. Prior to her role at Tubman, she spent four years as a kindergarten teacher at Anne Beers Elementary School, serving as one of the data leads for her school and a teacher lead for Beers’ family engagement efforts in partnership with Flamboyan Foundation. Meghan received a master’s degree in education from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in public policy with honors from the College of William and Mary.

 

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Charlotte Hansen, Educational Advisor

Charlotte Hansen began her teaching career at Appletree Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. She taught preschool and Pre-K for two years at Appletree before moving to D.C. Scholars Stanton Elementary, a turnaround school in DCPS, to teach first grade. While at Stanton, Charlotte completed her master’s degree in early childhood education from American University. Charlotte then joined the team at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School, where she was the founding kindergarten literacy master teacher. and created programming to give families opportunities to engage with the school and with their child’s education. She now serves as an educational advisor. Charlotte holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and environmental studies from the University of Puget Sound.

 

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Rabiah Harris, Kelly Miller Middle School

Rabiah Harris is a science and STEM elective teacher and the science department chair at Kelly Miller Middle School. Prior to teaching at Kelly Miller, Rabiah taught at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Northwest D.C. where she held the role of eighth grade science teacher and grade level team lead. Rabiah has also taught ninth grade science at New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics Academy in Louisiana and chemistry and earth science at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Washington, D.C. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry cum laude from Howard University and a master’s degree in secondary science education from University of Pittsburgh.

 

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Valyncia Hawkins, Anne Beers Elementary School

Valyncia Hawkins, a former DCPS student, is a fifth grade teacher at Anne Beers Elementary School and a member of the Beers leadership team. Valyncia has taught first, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades at Beers and previously served as the science, technology, engineering and mathematics teacher for grades Pre-K through fifth grade. In addition, she spent three years as a facilitator for the NASA Explorer Schools. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication and theater from Chatham College and served four years in the U.S. Army after graduation. She then worked as a graphics specialist for the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded research development center, during which time she received a Publications Specialist Certificate from George Washington University. She entered teaching via Teach For America and later earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University.

 

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Matthew Kennedy, Eastern Senior High School

Matthew Kennedy is the manager of strategy and logistics at Eastern Senior High School. Prior to teaching at Eastern, he taught history and special education at HD Woodson High School in Washington, D.C. At Woodson, Matt led efforts to improve post-secondary transition education for students with exceptional learning needs through the Model UN’s Global Classrooms Program. He also taught audio/visual production after school. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a degree in law, letters, and society, and he earned his master’s degree in special education at George Mason University.

 

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Rasheki Kuykendall, Roots Public Charter School

Rasheki Kuykendall was a founding teacher at Roots Public Charter School (RPCS) in the Brightwood community of Washington, D.C., and currently serves as vice principal. A passionate educator since 1999, she has served as lead middle school teacher responsible for curriculum, technology, and instruction; secretary and teacher representative on the RPCS Board of Directors; and the RPCS Health and Wellness coordinator. Rasheki earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Fisk University and a master’s degree in African and African American studies from The Ohio State University. In 2005, Rasheki was chosen by the Milken Family Foundation to represent the District of Columbia as one of two Educators of the Year. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated.

 

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Melissa Mauter, MBA Candidate

Currently pursuing her MBA at the Yale School of Management, Melissa Mauter was previously an eighth grade math teacher at KIPP DC KEY Academy, where she specialized in algebra and geometry instruction. Prior to teaching at KEY Academy, Melissa taught high school math at D.C.’s Roosevelt Senior High School as a 2009 Teach For America corps member. She received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Toronto, where she double majored in urban studies and economics, and a master’s degree in secondary education from American University. Melissa completed a yearlong study abroad program in urbanization at the National University of Singapore.

 

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Kyle Morean, Thurgood Marshall Academy

Kyle is the technology and media literacy teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA). He also serves as the lead curriculum designer and coordinator of the school’s Portfolio Exhibition Program and is a member of TMA’s Teacher Evaluation Committee. He is the curriculum designer for both of his courses—Computer Applications and Online Media Literacy. Through his media literacy course, Kyle has partnered with the News Literacy Project to bring journalists and other media professionals into the classroom for seminars and workshops with his students. Prior to teaching, Kyle participated in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, a yearlong volunteer program that placed him at Thurgood Marshall in the programs department. During that year, he was responsible for tutoring students, coordinating mentor programs, and facilitating various after-school clubs and sports. He received a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a concentration in conflict management, from Pacific Lutheran University.

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Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, McKinley Technology High School

Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, a veteran science teacher, is a biotechnology instructor and avid supporter of STEM education at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast Washington, D.C. She currently serves as chair of the biotechnology department, as well as founder and director of the Ladies of Science in the City in partnership with George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. A proud alumna of Loyola Marymount University, Ericka transitioned to a career in education after a career creating life-saving drug therapies alongside scientists at industry leaders Genzyme and Pfizer. She believes the only way to properly address the realities of illiteracy and poverty in our nation is to provide each student with a quality education and has dedicated her career to ensuring that all students recognize their classrooms as foundations of not only personal but also social change. Washington, D.C. is currently the site of unprecedented education reform, and Ericka is on the front lines as a 2013-14 DCPS Chancellor’s Teachers’ Cabinet Member, inaugural member of the CityBridge Foundation Education Innovation Fellowship, participant in the 2014 DCPS STEM Master Teacher Corps, and member of the 2014-15 Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) Science Educator Leader Cadre.