National Fellows


Previous cohorts of Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellows (NTFs) have collaborated with local and state leaders, as well as their colleagues, to develop strategic, practical solutions that address public policy challenges related to education. In 2015, NTFs developed these solutions at the national level through a cross-state research project on teacher preparation, presented to the U.S. Department of Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and other decision-makers. This work continued in 2016-2017 with state and local implementation of teacher-led enhancements to educator preparation, induction and mentoring.
The NTF program is currently paused as HSG develops its Teacher Fellow Alumni Network (TFAN) and Teacher Fellows programs in states and localities.

“As a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow, I’ve been given the unique opportunity to scale my impact as a teacher leader. Hope Street Group has provided for me the space to work, the support to engage other educators, and the belief that my perspectives as an on-the-ground educator matter.”

2013 National Teacher Fellow Greg Mullenholz Montgomery Co, MD

“I want you all to know that the work you are doing with states and federal policymakers is extraordinarily important.”

Watch the important message that Secretary Arne Duncan from the U.S. Department of Education shared with our National Teacher Fellows. This video was created by the U.S. Department of Education for the 2015 Hope Street Group National and State Teacher Fellows Convening.


2016-2017 National Teacher Fellows

Danielle Brown
Kindergarten Teacher

Danielle is a National Board Certified teacher at Colonel Johnston Elementary School in the Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District, where she serves on the District Instructional Leadership Team. In 2013-2014, she was a participant in the State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Group. Danielle has received grants from the Arizona Technology in Education Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In 2010, Danielle was named as the Cochise County New Teacher of the year. Danielle has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership.

John Clark
High School Science Teacher

A second career teacher of eight years, John teaches physics and chemistry at Deltona High School in Florida. He coaches the Science Olympiad, Science Fair, and Physics Olympics teams. He has collected over $62,000 for his school to advance student excellence in science. He serves on two national standards focused workgroups with the American Federation of Teachers. For teaching excellence, John received the 2014 Governor’s SHINE award for inspirational teaching and is a finalist for the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. John holds a B.A. from Rollins College and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Jill Cullis
High School History and Civics Teacher

Jill teaches Social Studies at Gateway HS, Aurora Public Schools. In her 28-year career she’s served as an instructional leader in various capacities, conducted training in 4 different countries and been an educational professor in Bogota, Colombia. Jill authored part of the introduction for Minding the Achievement Gap. She has worked with the Center for Teaching Quality, Professional Association of Colorado Educators and other organizations to improve education through public policy. She was her school’s Teacher of the Year and has a BA in History from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University.

David Edelman
New York
Instructional Coach & Classroom Teacher

David is a Peer Collaborative Teacher at Union Square Academy for Health Sciences (USA) in New York City. He provides instructional coaching, mentoring and professional learning to teachers at USA, in addition to teaching Economics, Participation in Government and AP US History. David’s classroom serves as a learning lab and demonstration classroom to foster schoolwide collaboration. David graduated from The University of Michigan with a BA in Economics, received his Masters in Education from Hofstra University and served in AmeriCorps NCCC, a yearlong national community service program that responds to education improvement programs. David wrote social studies curriculum as a NYC Common Core Fellow and recently graduated from the NYC Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program.

Meghan Everette
Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)

Meghan is a K6 Math TOSA in the Salt Lake City School District. She previously taught in Alabama at George Hall Elementary, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Turn-Around Model and at Daphne Elementary. This is Meghan’s fifth year blogging for Scholastic’s Top Teaching site. She is an ASCD Influence Leader, is co-creator of the #EdAdvBecause chat, and was Alabama’s Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2013. Meghan has both a BA and MA in Advertising and PR from the University of Alabama, and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama. She plans per pursue her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

Sarah Giddings
Advisor, Instructor, and Curriculum Coordinator

Sarah Giddings is an advisor, instructor, and curriculum coordinator for Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education—a Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium high school program she helped develop and is a part of the instructional leadership team. Sarah is a National Board Certified teacher. Sarah also served as a 2014-2015 Michigan Educator Voices Fellow. She spent several years as a teacher-leader at Al Raby High School in Chicago, designing a cutting-edge GIS curriculum. Sarah graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College with a B.A. in social relations and English minor. She is currently pursuing a master’s in K-12 Education Administration.

Robyn Howton
11th Grade English and AVID Coordinator

Robyn teaches at Mount Pleasant High School in Brandywine School District. She is the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Coordinator and a member of the BRINC consortium for her district. Robyn is also a member of the Rodel Teacher Council, which created the Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware. She has worked with the Delaware Writing Project to create high- quality professional development. Robyn has a BS in Education from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, a Master’s Degree in Education – Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership from Lindenwood University and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

Stephanie Johnson
South Carolina
3rd Grade Teacher

Stephanie Michelle Johnson is an educator in the South Carolina public school system. She has been teaching for ten years and is currently a third grade teacher at HB Rhame Elementary in Richland County School District One, Columbia, SC. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the South Carolina Education Association. Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of South Carolina. Stephanie is also a National Board Certified teacher and was a Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching South Carolina State finalist in 2010.

Tabitha Pacheco
Special Education Instructional Facilitator

Tabitha is a National Board Certified Teacher. She started her career teaching students with disabilities in a traditional brick and mortar school setting. She is now using her teaching skills to reach students throughout the state of Utah by working for a Virtual Academy in the special education department as an Instructional Facilitator. In 2013, Tabitha was awarded the Utah State Office Education “Significant Disabilities Teacher of the Year” for her outstanding leadership and commitment to students with significant disabilities. Tabitha has a BA from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and a Post- Baccalaureate Degree in Special Education from BYU.

Freeda Pirillis
1st Grade Teacher

Freeda teaches at Agassiz Elementary in Chicago, serving on her school’s Instructional Leadership Team. Freeda is on the National Council on Teacher Quality Advisory Group, on the Chicago Public Education Fund’s Educator Advisory Committee, and on VIVA’s Leadership Council. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and collaborated with N.B.C.T.s to design an exemplar K-2 Interdisciplinary Unit, available nationwide on ShareMyLesson. Over her 14 year career, Freeda consulted on the development of a K-2 Performance Task Toolkit and on the Illinois teacher evaluation system. She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education.

Lauren Stuart
8th Grade English Teacher

Lauren is a National Board Certified English Language Arts teacher at El Rodeo School in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. She began teaching in 2007 with the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2011 she collaborated with teachers from Shanghai with support from the California International Education Foundation. For the past four years, she’s been implementing the co-teaching model in her classroom. She currently teaches 8th grade and serves on the Instructional Leadership Team and the district GATE committee. Lauren has a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Education from Pepperdine University.

Terri Vest
High School ELA/Social Studies Teacher

Terri teaches secondary psychology, English and social studies at Twinfield Union School in Plainfield, Vermont, and psychology in the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative, an online school. In her 35 years, Terri has taught elementary, middle and secondary. She is a Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellent winner, an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, and an America Achieves Fellow. She serves on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards board of directors. Terri has a BSE (English) and MSE (psychology) from Arkansas State University and an MA and MLitt (English) from Middlebury College and is a National Board certified teacher.

Amanda Ward
Instructional Coach

Amanda is a National Board Certified Teacher in the Bainbridge Island School District where she serves as an instructional coach. In that role she supports secondary teachers, facilitates K-12 educators pursuing their National Board Certification and is responsible for the district’s new educator induction program. Amanda has consulted for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards on its ATLAS database and acted as the Bainbridge High School Social Studies Department Chair for ten years. Amanda earned a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, holds a Master in Teaching from Seattle University and is currently pursuing her administrative credentials through the University of Washington’s Danforth Program.

Amanda Zullo
New York
High School Chemistry Teacher

Amanda Zullo, NBCT is a Chemistry teacher at Saranac Lake High School in New York, where she is grant coordinator with ADK Farm to School Initiative and on the professional development team. Amanda served as associate editor for POGIL project books. Amanda is a National Board CSP, a New York State Master Teacher, #TeachStrong Ambassador and NYS Ed Voice Fellow. Recent honors include 2016 ASCD Emerging Leader and 2015 State Finalist for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science. Amanda has a B.S. in Organizational Communication/Pre-Medical Studies from SUNY at Geneseo and a Master’s in Science Education from Clarkson.

2015-2016 National Teacher Fellows

Ali Ashley
4th Grade Dual Language Teacher

Ali teaches fourth grade dual language at Perez Elementary in Austin, Texas. In her five years at Perez, she’s served as a grade level leader and represented teachers on the Campus and District Advisory Councils. Previously, she’s coached new teachers as a program director at Teach For America and has held various leadership roles at its training institute, most recently managing a group of summer school directors. As a Board Certified teacher, Ali mentors candidates pursuing National Board Certification through cohort programs in her district and at TFA. She has degrees from Boston College and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Anna Baldwin
High School English Teacher

Dr. Anna Baldwin is a high school English teacher at Arlee High School and has been teaching on the Flathead Indian Reservation for the past 16 years. She designed and teaches Native American Studies for the Montana Digital Academy and teaches English methods courses at the University of Montana as an adjunct instructor. Dr. Baldwin is the recipient of several awards, including the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Distinguished Educator Award and the Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching from Teaching Tolerance. She is the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year.

Timothy Mullen
7th Grade Life Science Teacher

Dr. Mullen is a seventh grade Science teacher in Gwinnett County, Georgia. He began teaching after years in the private and US government sectors. Dr. Mullen is a National Board certified teacher, GA Master Teacher. He currently serves on advisory councils at his local school, district superintendent, and Governor to representing teachers’ ideas, accolades, and concerns. He served on Georgia Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE, an 84,000-member organization) on the Board of Directors, then as President. Dr. Mullen has been named his school’s Teacher of the Year on two separate occasions. He attained his B.S at Penn State University and PhD at University of Georgia.

Cody Norton
1st Grade Teacher

Cody teaches at Marie Reed Elementary School in DC Public Schools, where he leads the 1st grade team through the Teach Plus Turnaround Teacher Teams (T3) Initiative. He is a member of the Academic Leadership Team, where his work has focused on infusing themes of race and equity into the curriculum and creating an Instructional Rounds program. He began his teaching career in 2011 as a Teach For America corps member in Washington, DC. He has a BA in Sociology from Ithaca College and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education from George Mason University.

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