The 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, the group has been expanded in 2018 and serves to lead program assessment and outreach efforts for Hope Street Group through two Fellowship Year (June-May) terms.
For more information about the TAC and ways to collaborate with these teacher leaders, please follow @HSG_Ed on Twitter (#HSGTAC) or contact Engagement and Communications Director Celia Gregory (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Lorna Baniaga-Lee is a freshman English teacher at James Campbell High School (JCHS) for over 20 years and was the first teacher at JCHS to receive National Board Certification and is currently re-certifying. In addition to her role as a full-time classroom teacher, she is the Lead Mentor for the Induction and Mentoring (I&M) program. She oversees the I&M program to ensure all beginning teachers are supported by a trained mentor. She also develops and facilitates professional development courses for teachers. Though she finds joy in her students’ discoveries, she discovered her own passion for developing other teachers. She received her B.Ed in Secondary English Education and M.Ed in Educational Foundation from UH-Manoa.
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.
2013-2015 KY Teacher Fellow
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.
Amy Clancy is National Board certified and has been teaching 8th grade ELA for 18 years at Walton-Verona Middle School in Boone Co. KY. This year is her first as the WVMS ELA Specialist. Amy is also President and newsletter editor for KY Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts; a two-time NKY Golden Apple Award Recipient and she presents on topics of literacy, the arts and technology integration at various conferences across the state.
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.
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.
Sarah Giddings is a NBCT, teacher leader and curriculum coordinator for the WAVE Program—a reimagined alternative high school she helped develop. Sarah is a Collaborative for Student Success Teacher Champion and National Teacher-Powered Ambassador. She was a Hope Street National Teaching Fellow and America Achieves Fellow. She has led professional learning on a multitude of her passions including assessment literacy, leadership, education innovations, technology, policy, SEL, and trauma-informed approaches. She spent several years as a teacher-leader in Chicago Public Schools, designing cutting-edge GIS and student advisory curriculums. Sarah graduated with a M.Ed in K-12 Administration, certificate in Ed Technology, and B.A., all from Michigan State University.
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.
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.
Robyn Howton is the English Dept. Chair and AVID Coordinator at Mount Pleasant High School in the Brandywine School District in Wilmington, Delaware. As a representative of her district in the BRINC Consortium, Howton has been creating blended lessons to personalize learning for her students. Recently Howton gave a TEDx Talk on the need for teacher leadership to improving academic outcomes for students. Robyn also serves on the Rodel Teacher Council in Delaware. She earned her Bachelor in Science degree in education from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, her Master in Education degree in curriculum & instruction with endorsement in educational leadership from Lindenwood University, and is a National Board Certified English teacher.
2015-2017 KY Teacher Fellow
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.
2014-2016 HI Teacher Fellow
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.
2014-2015 National Teacher Fellow
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.
Esther Park teaches at Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School located on a military base in Hawai’i. She holds a hybrid role as a New Teacher Mentor and Gifted & Talented Enrichment Teacher. Esther serves as Chairperson of School Community Council and Advisor of Student Council. She has previously taught fifth grade and represented her school as the 2017 Teacher of the Year for HSTA Central Chapter. Esther also received 2016 Locations Foundation Top Teacher Award. She is an alumna of Teach For America Hawai’i. Esther graduated from the University of Virginia and received her M.S. in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
2015-2017 National Teacher Fellow
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.
Douglas Price is an educator with 10 years of classroom experience. He teaches sixth grade at Voyager Academy in Durham, NC, where he helped develop a cross-disciplinary PBL classroom. Previously, he has served as a Hope Street Group Fellow, and has also participated in several key fellowships throughout NC, including the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, the Education Policy Fellowship Program (NC Public Forum), and the NC Collaborative (Duke Research Clinical Institute). His project for developing authentic relationships and retention efforts for Beginning Teachers was selected as a 2018 Teach to Lead project, through ASCD and The U.S. Department of Education. Douglas was selected as school and district Teacher of the Year in 2018.
Cassie Reding is a National Board Certified Teacher serving her 10th year as an educator. Cassie is currently the District Instructional Coach for the Russellville Independent School District and has spent the majority of her career in leadership roles as a teacher-leader, and in various education organizations. Cassie is an active member of the Kentucky Education Association and serves on KY’s Teacher Advisory Council where she is able to improve the educational landscape of Kentucky by providing Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education with direct input. Cassie’s passion is education policy and she is keenly involved with policy makers and the legislative process in Kentucky.
Tammie Schrader currently works for Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 and is a Regional Computer Science and Science Coordinator serving 59 school districts in Eastern Washington. Tammie Schrader was a science teacher at Cheney Middle School, and is an adjunct science methods instructor at Gonzaga and Whitworth University. Tammie has her B.A. in Education as well as a B.S. in Biology. She earned her M.A. in Education and Teaching At Risk Students. Tammie is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate and is writing her dissertation on Leadership and Policy in the Classroom, which is scheduled to be finished in December of 2018. Tammie currently works for the state of Washington on their Science Assessment Leadership Team and sits on the Education Board working on implementing video games into curriculum. She currently sits on the Professional Education Standards Board for the State of Washington.
2015-2017 TN Teacher Fellow
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.
2014-2015 National Teacher Fellow
Social Studies Teacher
Melissa Tracy is a National Board and National Geographic Certified social studies teacher in Wilmington, Delaware at Odyssey Charter High School, a dual language Greek school. Melissa is a 2017 American Geographical Society Teacher Fellow and an alumnus of the Rodel Teacher Council and America Achieves. Melissa was a Red Clay School District finalist for teacher of the year in 2014. Melissa earned a B.A. in history from Tulane University, a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction (social studies) from the University of Delaware, and a M.A. in U.S. History at Villanova University as a James Madison Memorial Fellow.
2014-2015 National Teacher Fellow
High School Science and Math Teacher
Rebecca Wattleworth is a High School Science and Math teacher. She has taught for 23
years in the public education system. Rebecca has received many teaching awards including,
Radio Shack National Teacher of the Year, PTO Teacher of the Year, National City TOY, 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist and 2018 ISBE Merit Award. She advocates for teacher voice and teacher leadership with advocacy groups including Hope Street Group as a National Teacher Fellow, on the Educator Advisory Council for Advance Illinois, Board member for Advance Illinois, Illinois ECET2/ELI, ILSTOY and Illinois Teach Plus.