Teacher Advisory Council

The 2017-2019 Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) features outstanding alumni from our National, Hawaii State, Kentucky State, North Carolina Teacher Voice and Tennessee State Teacher Fellows programs. Convening first in June 2017 alongside the new Arizona Teacher Fellows in Tucson, this group will lead program assessment and outreach efforts for Hope Street Group through the ’17-’18 and ’18-’19 school years. For more information about the TAC and ways to collaborate with these teacher leaders, please follow @HSG_Ed on Twitter (#HSGTAC) or contact National Education and Mobilization Manager Celia Gregory: celia@hopestreetgroup.org.

Jarred Amato

2015-2017 TN Teacher Fellow
Nashville, Tennessee
High School English Teacher

Jarred Amato is a high school English teacher in Nashville, TN and the founder of Project LIT Community (@projectlitcomm on Twitter), an organization that empowers educators and students to increase book access and bring people together through reading. Jarred is passionate about creating a culture of reading in schools and communities and improving literacy attitudes and outcomes for all students. Jarred has served in several teacher-leadership roles over the past eight years in the classroom, and was recently named the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year at Maplewood High School. Jarred received his B.A. in English and History from Vanderbilt University and his M.A.T. from Belmont University, and is currently pursuing his Ed.D. from Lipscomb University.

Jim Brooks

2015-2017 NC Teacher Voice Fellow 
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina

High School English, Latin & Journalism Teacher

Jim Brooks has taught English, Latin and Journalism at West Wilkes High School for the past thirty-two years. He is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent/ Young Adult, English/Language Arts. In 2007 he received the National Education Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award and was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English with the 2008 National Media Literacy Award. He was named Outstanding North Carolina English Teacher by the North Carolina English Teachers Association in 2010. Jim was inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame in 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s and doctorate degrees from Appalachian State University.

Kristen Brummel

2014-2016 HI Teacher Fellow
Honolulu, Hawaii
Induction & Mentoring Coordinator

Kristen Brummel is a resource teacher and Induction and Mentoring Program Coordinator in Honolulu. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, a 2014-2016 Hawaii Hope Street Group Fellow and was the 2011 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year. Kristen has served on Hawaii’s Teacher Leader Workgroup, the Great Teachers Great Leaders Task Force and is a 2016-2018 member of the Teacher Education Committee for Elementary and Early Childhood. Kristen is a local presenter for New Teacher Center’s Professional Learning Series and works with the University of Hawaii’s College of Education AFFECT program to develop and facilitate courses on family engagement. Kristen received her BA and MA degree in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii.

Jana Bryant

2013-2015 KY Teacher Fellow
Owensboro, Kentucky
Math Instructional Coach

Jana Bryant is a National Board Certified Teacher where she serves as the district math instructional coach for Daviess County Public Schools, in Owensboro, KY. She is the Ky State Captain and Common Core Advocate with Student Achievement Partners and is a high school math content EdReports reviewer. She has taught mathematics for over twenty years to students in grades 4 through 12 and post-secondary in the states of KY, MA, NC and FL. Jana earned a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.A. in Mathematics Education from Western Kentucky University.

Michael Dunlea

2014-2015 National Teacher Fellow
Manahawkin, New Jersey
2nd Grade Teacher

Michael Dunlea will begin his 15th year as a second-grade teacher in Tabernacle, New Jersey. He was a 2012 NJ State Teacher of the Year finalist and a 2014 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow. He has served as an adviser to the NJ Department of Education on several councils and committees. He founded a non-profit organization called Stafford Teachers And Residents Together (START), to clean up his town after Hurricane Sandy. He is a National Board Certified teacher in Early Childhood Generalist and a 2016 NJ Finalist for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching.

David Edelman

2015-2017 National Teacher Fellow
Brooklyn, New York
High School History Teacher & Instructional Coach

David Edelman 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.

Mamie Hall

2015-2017 NC Teacher Voice Fellow
Durham, North Carolina
High School Dean of Students & English Teacher

Mamie Hall is Dean of Students and teaches English at Research Triangle High School in Durham, which she helped open in 2012. Mamie is passionate about bringing globally competitive education to all students. RTHS is an innovative public charter committed to using technology to personalize learning and meet the needs of all students. Prior to her work at RTHS, Mamie taught in Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools for ten years. She is a National Board Certified teacher who has served as department chair, mentor for beginning teachers and a supervisor for pre-service teachers. She holds a B.A. in English Literature with minors in History and Secondary Education from The College of William and Mary. She was a member of the Hope Street Group North Carolina Teacher Voice Network 2015-2017.

Guy Hill

2015-2017 NC Teacher Voice Fellow
Coats, North Carolina
High School English Teacher

Guy Hill is an English teacher at Triton High School in Harnett County, where he has taught for 16 of the 19 years of his teaching career. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and President of the North Carolina English Teachers Association (NCETA). Mr. Hill was a member of the North Carolina 10th Grade Writing Test Committee and former Governor Beverly Perdue’s Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of both the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Wake Forest University with a Master’s degree in Education.

Elizabeth Lovett

2015-2017 KY Teacher Fellow
Corbin, Kentucky
Itinerant Elementary Choir Director

Elizabeth Lovett is 26-year veteran and an Itinerant Elementary Choir Director for Knox County Public Schools, a semifinalist for the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, recipient of the Ashland Teacher Achievement Award. She participated in the Innovative Teacher Leader Cohort, is President for KEA’s Upper Cumberland Education Association, Knox County Education Association, ST 21 State KEPAC Chair, 2015-2017 Kentucky State Teacher Fellow HSG and PLN facilitator for Music group on NEA 360 edCommunities. Elizabeth earned a B.A.M.M. from E.K.U., M.A., Rank I, from Union College in Music Education.

Jonathon Medeiros

2014-2016 HI Teacher Fellow
Kapaa, Hawaii
High School ELA Teacher

Jonathon Medeiros has been teaching and learning about English Language Arts and rhetoric with Kauai High School students for 11 years. He is a National Board Certified teacher and has served as an instructional coach, peer mentor and the Language Arts Department Chair. He is currently a lead on the Kauai Fellowship pilot program. Jonathon worked with IIE and Fulbright Japan on an educational teacher exchange focused on incorporating sustainability into education. Born and raised on Kauai, Jonathon enjoys surfing and spending time at the beach with his wife and daughters. Jonathon earned a BA in English from the University of Portland, an MA in English from Portland State University and an M.Ed. from the University of Oregon. He strongly believes in teaching his students what Nick Offerman has stated, that if you change all of your mistakes and regrets, you’d erase yourself.

Beth Oswald

2014-2015 National Teacher Fellow
Milton, Wisconsin
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Beth Oswald has been teaching world history at J. C. McKenna Middle School in Evansville since 1996. She serves on an advisory board for the Wisconsin Department of Instruction and is a founding member of the Wisconsin Teachers of the Year Network. Beth recently completed the National Geographic Educator Certification program. She is a Smithsonian Teacher Ambassador and has served on their Educator Advisory Committee. Beth is the 2008 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year. She holds a BA in History and Education from Beloit College and an MA in Education and Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She earned her Doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in 2016.

Freeda Pirillis

2015-2017 National Teacher Fellow
Chicago, Illinois
1st Grade Teacher

Freeda Pirillis is a National Board Certified Teacher, working as the Primary Years Programme IB Coordinator at Agassiz Elementary in Chicago. Over her 16-year career, she has served in both the public and private spheres, actively working to advance the teaching profession through advocacy work at the district, state and national level. She served on the Chicago Public Education Fund Educator Advisory Committee, on the National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Advisory Group, on VIVA’s Leadership Council, and most recently, on Advance Illinois’ Educator Advisory Committee. She is a 2015-17 Hope Street National Teacher Fellow and recently collaborated with the US Department of Education, AACTE and the University of Kentucky to gather feedback from teachers nationwide on their teacher preparation experiences in order to develop a competency map feedback tool for student teachers. She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and a M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education.

Dana Siegel

2015-2017 TN Teacher Fellow
Germantown, Tennessee
K-5th Grade ESL Teacher

Dana Siegel is a K-5th Grade ESL teacher at Crosswind Elementary in the Collierville Schools district just east of Memphis. She has played an active role at the school, district, state and national level, serving on various committees such as the TNDOE Race to the Top and ESSA ESL Evaluation, shaping ESL state and national (WIDA) assessments and contributing regularly to ESL journals and other media outlets. Dana received the West TN ESL Teacher of the Year Award (2014), Best of the Best Presentation at the TNTESOL Conference (2011) and the TN School Board Association Excellence in Education (2007-09), in addition to other local honors. Her school was recognized by the USDOE as a Promising/Model ESL Program (2012). A graduate of St. Mary’s Dominican in New Orleans, she holds a Masters degree from National University in CA, ESL credentials and completed Post-Masters Literacy Acquisition work in CA.

Marc Walls

2015-2017 TN Teacher Fellow
Pleasant View, Tennessee
High School Science Teacher

Marc Walls is a science teacher from Clarksville, Tennessee who is passionate about leading change from the inside out. Marc is an experienced teacher-leader, serving fellowships with Hope Street Group and America Achieves. In 2016, ASCD named him an Emerging Leader. Marc partnered with the Tennessee Dept. of Education as a participant in its micro-credential pilot program. He presents nationally on STEM education, RTI2 and teacher-leadership. In 2017, he co-founded unpackedu, a portal for elevating teacher voice. Marc serves on the Board of Directors for Tennessee ASCD, Autism Tennessee and Austin Peay State University. In 2018, he will earn his Ed.D in Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.

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