2024 Mentor Teachers

Meet Season 5's award-winning team of Mentor Teachers.

Our Mentor Teachers, chosen for their record of moving kids academically fast, partner with teachers in districts and networks across the country to deliver teaching that transcends the ordinary.

Season 5: Summer 2024

Alicia Lynch

Alicia began her career with Teach for America in Connecticut, where she taught first grade at Elm City College Preparatory Elementary school and served as an Achievement First lead math planner during the adoption of the Common Core standards. Alicia then taught kindergarten at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School in Brooklyn; she went on to become the school’s kindergarten through second-grade academic dean. In 2014, Alicia joined the Achievement First Teaching and Learning Team where she now serves as the senior director of kindergarten through eighth-grade mathematics. In her role as an achievement director, Alicia has led the network adoption and implementation of research based equitable practices in all math classrooms, including the adoption of cognitively guided instruction. Alicia earned her B.A. in marketing at the University of Florida and a M.A. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Anna Leonhard

A veteran Mentor Teacher, Anna began her career teaching second-grade multilingual learners at Match Community Day School in Boston. Anna then moved to Denver, where she taught kindergarten and sixth- through eighth-grade literature and English language development at STRIVE Preparatory Schools. There, she was awarded Advanced Teacher status in English Language Arts. Anna relocated to Atlanta, her hometown, where she served as humanities curriculum director at the Kindezi Schools, a kindergarten through eighth-grade charter network. Anna is currently the director of program development at WPSInstitute, where she oversees the delivery, recruitment, and development of research-based professional learning programs in underserved schools. Anna holds a B.A. in teaching English as a second language from the Moody Bible Institute and a M.A. from Georgia State University.

Anna Reeve

A returning Mentor Teacher, Anna began her career as a special education teacher with Teach for America in New York City. She went on to work as a special services leader and academic dean at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn. There, Anna was named a Stage 4 Distinguished Teacher, awarded for student achievement, student character development, quality of instruction and planning, and contribution to team achievement. For the past eight years, she has been a literacy and special education consultant for both the New York City Collaborative for Inclusive Education and the Los Angeles Unified School District Office of Charter Schools. Anna also spends time in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic leading teacher professional development. She earned her B.A. in urban education from New York University and an M.A. from Pace University.

Ben Esser 

Now in his fifth year as a Mentor Teacher, Ben started his teaching career in Mississippi with Teach for America. For eleven years, he taught sixth grade ELA at Achievement First East New York Middle School. He was named a stage 5 teacher in 2015, the network’s highest distinction. Each year, his students read, on average, more than a million words each, published The East New York Times and performed Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. From 2014-2019, they created a reverse achievement gap, outperforming the average for wealthier students in New York. Most recently, Ben was head of teacher development at Colegio Villa Maria in Santiago, Chile where he presented on applying the science of reading at researchED Chile. He earned a B.A. from Western Washington University in English literature and a M.Ed. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Brian Johnson

Brian’s career began teaching high school math with Teach for America at Thurgood Marshall Academy in New York City. He then was a founding eighth-grade math teacher at KIPP Infinity Middle School, where he received several teaching awards. Brian was a semi-finalist for the U.S. Department of Education Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellowship for moving students beyond two years of growth in math and ELA for over a decade. A recipient of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education, he studied pedagogy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and taught at-risk students in Boston. In 2023, Brian presented a TED-Ed Talk on student engagement and culture. Brian holds a B.A. in marketing from University of Kentucky, a M.S.T. in adolescent education from Pace University and an advanced certification in special education from St. Rose College.

Brittany Brooks

Now in her third summer as a Mentor Teacher, Brittany began with Teach for America in Charleston, South Carolina, where she taught the third and fourth grades at Sanders Clyde Creative Arts Elementary School. Brittany’s third-grade students achieved one of the highest rates of fall-to-spring growth on the NWEA MAP assessment. She became grade-level chair for five years in both third and fourth grades. Subsequently, Brittany joined KIPP Jacksonville as an assistant principal, where she coached kindergarten through fourth grade in reading and math, and served on the core equity and culture team. Currently, she is an assistant principal with the Shelby County Schools in Memphis. Brittany earned a B.A. in political science from College of Charleston, an M.A. from Francis Marion University, and an Ed.M. from Columbia University.

Brittany Leaverton

Brittany, who formerly served as NSSI's director of ELA, started her teaching career at Success Academy in New York City, where she taught for two years with Teach for America. Brittany taught kindergarten and first grade as an integrated co-teacher and grade team lead before being tapped to move into leadership. As principal, she led her school to achieve top 5% rankings within New York State in math and ELA for two consecutive years. Brittany later served as an instructional training specialist for Success, designing and implementing leader training for assistant principals and new hire teaching staff. As NSSI's director of ELA, Brittany designed and managed the implementation of NSSI's literacy curriculum and pedagogy, serving 50,000 students and more than 50 partner organizations. Brittany earned a B.A. from the University of Washington in international studies and an M.A. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Caroline Roth

Now in her third year as a Mentor Teacher, Caroline began with Teach for America in Los Angeles, teaching high school English as a second language. After teaching middle school history and English, she returned to her hometown of New York City, where she taught seventh-grade English with Achievement First Endeavor Middle School and was named a Distinguished Teacher. As the school's ELA and history academic dean and principal-in-residence, Caroline led her team through the transition to Common Core standards and a 25 percentage point increase in student proficiency on the state’s ELA assessment. She then served as the school’s principal for five years; the school posted double-digit proficiency gains in both ELA and math. Today, Caroline is an educational consultant, specializing in school leader and teacher coaching and professional development. She earned her B.A in English from Dartmouth College and her M.A from Loyola Marymount University.

Carrie Roby

Now in her third year as a Mentor Teacher, Carrie began her career teaching second- and third- grades for Teach for America in the South Bronx. Her students averaged 1.7 grades of growth in reading and 84 percent were proficient in math each year. Carrie was a founding second-grade teacher and leadership resident at Success Academy's flagship school, before becoming founding principal of Success Academy Upper West. Her school received the Blackboard Award for Rising Star Grade Schools and was ranked first in math and eighth in ELA, based on student performance on the state assessments. Carrie was a cognitively guided instruction math consultant for schools across the country and currently coaches the implementation of research-based strategies to enhance student learning. Carrie earned a B.A. from Harvard University in psychology and a M.S. from Pace University.

Christina Gellos

Now in her third year as a Mentor Teacher, Christina began her career teaching seventh-grade math as a Teach for America corps member at Achievement First East New York Middle School in Brooklyn. Over three years, she increased student proficiency on the New York Common Core mathematics exam by 43 percentage points. She then joined the school’s leadership team as academic dean for math, coaching and developing teachers and managing the math department. The following year her school achieved 92 percent proficiency across all grades on the New York Common Core math exam. Currently, Christina works as an education consultant specializing in teacher coaching and development. Christina earned a B.A. in public policy with a minor in education and political science from Duke University and an M.A. from Relay Graduate School of Education. She is pursuing a M.Ed. in education leadership from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Colleen Manning Linthicum

A returning Mentor Teacher, Colleen began her career with Teach for America teaching second grade in Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, she increased student reading proficiency by an average of two years. Colleen then joined Achievement First as a senior associate of ELA and went on to become the director of kindergarten through second-grade ELA achievement. She has also worked as a literacy consultant for the New York Charter Center and as an adjunct professor at Relay Graduate School of Education. Currently, Colleen is an educational consultant focusing on literacy programming, professional development, and coaching support. Colleen earned a B.A. in history from The College of the Holy Cross and her M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Danielle Perkins

A veteran Mentor Teacher, Danielle began her career as a Teach for America corps member teaching middle school in the Kansas City Public Schools. She then joined Achievement First in New York, where she taught eighth-grade literature and writing for seven years. Danielle was named a Stage 5 Master Teacher by the network, their highest level of recognition. She then moved to the Brooklyn Friends School, where she taught seventh and eighth grade, and was the ELA department head for their middle and high schools. Danielle has spent the last six years developing a rigorous curriculum that centers diverse texts and emphasizes project-based learning. She earned her B.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from the King’s College and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Missouri St. Louis and Relay School of Education.

Donavan Tracey

Donavan began his career as a classroom teacher with Achievement First Elm City College Preparatory School in New Haven where he taught social studies, ELA, math, and science. Donavan then served there as academic dean and later as principal-in-residence. As principal at Achievement First Providence Academy Middle School, Donavan led a turnaround that significantly improved teacher retention rates, staff organizational health, and student performance metrics. Donavan participated in fellowships including the RELAY National Principals Academy Fellowship and the Achievement First Leadership Fellows program. He holds a B.A. in architectural engineering from the University of Hartford, a M.S.Ed. from Southern Connecticut State University and will receive an Ed.D. at Johnson & Wales University in May 2024.

Elena Knappen

Elena began her career teaching English as a second language with Teach for America in New York City. She went on to work as a teacher, academic dean, special services coordinator and then founding principal with Achievement First in Brooklyn. As a principal, Elena grew her school from two grades to five, leading breakthrough student achievement in both ELA and Math. After her time teaching, Elena joined the Charter Network Accelerator where she supported smaller charter school networks across the country as they grew in scale and impact through coaching and cohort-based professional development. For the past two years, Elena has been working independently as an executive coach and consultant for charter school networks and school districts. She earned her B.A. in history from the University of Virginia and a M.S.T. from Pace University.

Em Slezak

Em's career began at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn as a fifth-grade learning specialist and co-teacher in ELA and history. During their eight years at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School, Em served as grade-chair, dean of special services, dean of student experience and principal-in-residence. Em then moved to Los Angeles and joined the regional office of Citizens of the World Charter Network as the senior manager of special education, inclusion and instruction. Currently, Em is the director of the empower program service at Achievement First Bushwick Middle School. In the Fall of 2024, Em will be pursuing a M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary. Em earned a B.A. in cinema-television: critical studies from the University of Southern California and a M.A. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Emma Colonna

Emma began her career with Teach For America teaching kindergarten at Nashville Classical Charter School in Tennessee. She continued on as founding grade level chair for second grade before returning home to New York City to teach third grade at Uncommon Schools. Emma later returned to Nashville Classical to serve as the director of kindergarten through eighth-grade literacy and humanities. Under her tenure, network-wide kindergarten through second-grade reading proficiency on benchmark assessments reached levels above 85 percent and third- through eighth-grade reading proficiency on the state assessment grew 23 points in one year following the pandemic. Now an education consultant in New York City, Emma supports schools and organizations to maximize their academic impact. Emma earned her B.S. in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University, her M.Ed. from Lipscomb University, and her M.A. from New York University.

Hannah Madoff

A returning Mentor Teacher, Hannah began her career with Teach for America as a ninth-grade Algebra I teacher in Washington, DC. She then taught geometry and AP Statistics at Achievement First Brooklyn High School, and later was part of the founding team at Achievement First East Brooklyn High School (EBHS). Hannah led the inaugural class of students to a 98 percent pass rate on the Algebra 1 Regents, and a 93 percent pass rate on the Geometry Regents. She was named a Stage 5 Master Teacher, the network's highest distinction, awarded to only the top two percent of their 1,300 teachers. Hannah also served as a grade-level chair, curriculum lead, math department chair, and the associate academic dean. Hannah earned a B.A. in political science from University of Michigan, a M.A. from American University, and a M.A. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Jacquelyn Delgado

A returning Mentor Teacher, Jacquelyn began her career with Teach For America in Phoenix, where she taught fifth-grade math for three years. During that time she was given the highest rating, highly effective, on the Charlotte Danielson Framework and awarded the Sontag Prize in Urban Education in 2018. Jacquelyn was a Corps Member Advisor for Teach For America’s teacher preparation program in Houston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona for two years coaching middle school and high school math teachers. Jaquelyn then joined her current school, the South Street School in Newark, New Jersey, her home state. There, she has taught middle school math and Algebra 1 and served as math team leader. Jacquelyn earned a B.A. in both mathematics and elementary education from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and her M. Ed. from Penn State University.

Jerry Silva

Jerry began his educational career with Teach for America at his high school alma mater in Miami. He then continued his career in Brooklyn, first at Achievement First Brownsville Middle School. There, Jerry’s students attained over 90 percent proficiency in math on the New York state assessment. Later, he was the senior director at Achievement First’s Accelerate Navigator Middle School math program where he scaled from two to 34 partners and maintained a net promoter score above 90 percent. Jerry co-founded and is CEO of Leap Educational Consulting, where he supports schools outside the network in implementing AF’s kindergarten through eighth-grade Accelerate math curriculum. Jerry earned his B.S. in accounting and criminology from the University of South Florida and a M.S. from the University of Miami.

John Kaczorek

A veteran Mentor Teacher, John began his career with Teach for America as an eighth-grade math teacher in a district school in the Bronx. Later, at KIPP’s Rise Academy in New Jersey, 86 percent of his fifth-grade math students were found proficient on the state exam. After moving to Minnesota, John joined Hiawatha College Prep, where he was a founding teacher, and for six years, principal. Under his leadership, Hiawatha Prep was recognized by Teach for America as a “School to Learn From" and was designated a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education. Following his tenure as principal, John served as seventh-grade teacher for three years and is currently Hiawatha’s director of curriculum and assessment. John earned his B.A. from St. John’s University in economics and a M.S. from Pace University.

Jonathan Laven

Now in his third year as a Mentor Teacher, Jon taught math at Western High School in Las Vegas, before enrolling at the Yale Divinity School, where he served as program manager of the school’s leadership development program. Jon was then the founding math teacher and department chair at Hiawatha Collegiate High School in Minneapolis. Pursuing his interest in educational leadership, he led Teach for America summer institutes for high school math teachers and wrote curriculum in math and culturally responsive pedagogy. Jon is now the dean of instruction for the Hiawatha Academies. He graduated with a B.A. in math and philosophy from St. Olaf College and earned an M.Ed. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an M.A. from the Yale Divinity School.

Jordan Davis

A veteran Mentor Teacher, Jordan began his career with Teach For America in Brooklyn, where he taught fifth- through eighth-grade math. He then joined Uncommon Schools as a summer teaching fellow and grade level chair. Jordan went on to become an instructional leader with NYC Teaching Fellows, then an assistant principal at KIPP Texas Public Schools. He returned to Brooklyn as a sixth-grade math teacher and a STEM instructional coach at Achievement First (AF) Endeavor Middle School, where he currently teaches middle school math and recently piloted AF’s music and performance program. Last year, Jordan’s seventh-grade students had the highest proficiency level in the AF network on the New York Common Core math exam. Jordan received his B.A. in communication and education studies from DePauw University, and received his M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Jordan McNiven

Now in his third year as a Mentor Teacher, Jordan began his career leading youth development and after-school programs in his hometown of Minneapolis. As a program coordinator and instructor at the YMCA, he oversaw experiential learning and led trips to New York City, Sweden, Russia, and Peru. Jordan taught fifth-grade social studies and coached soccer at the Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn. Returning to Minneapolis, he joined Hiawatha Academies, where for six years he has taught ELA at the elementary and middle schools. In 2020, he was awarded the National University Teacher Award for the state of Minnesota. Jordan earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota in psychology and comparative literature and a M.A. from the Relay Graduate School of Education.

Kirby Jarrell

A veteran Mentor Teacher, Kirby began with Teach for America in Prince George's County, Maryland, where she taught sixth- through eighth-grade ELA for three years. She then joined Uncommon Schools at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in New York City. There, Kirby was selected as one of eight Teach Like a Champion fellows, working with Doug Lemov and the TLAC team to be filmed using teaching strategies from Reading Reconsidered in her classroom. Kirby is currently an eighth-grade ELA teacher and instructional coach at Bushwick Middle School, part of the Achievement First (AF) network. Kirby earned AF's Stage 5 Distinction, the network’s highest recognition, awarded for student achievement, student character development, quality of instruction and planning, and contribution to team achievement.Kirby earned her B.A. in English from Georgetown University and a M.A. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Mallory Morris

Now in her third year as a Mentor Teacher, Mallory Morris began her career as a seventh-grade English Language Arts teacher in Champaign, Illinois, where she was named Outstanding Beginning Educator in 2007. In 2014, Mallory transitioned to the role of assistant principal, where she continued to support students by supporting teacher growth. In her most recent role as a district coordinator of data, design, and inquiry, Mallory co-led the strategic planning process, led three schools through whole-school redesign, and supported curriculum development. Currently, Mallory serves as the associate director of learning design for Digital Promise. Mallory attended the University of Illinois, where she earned a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed in curriculum and instruction, and a M.Ed in educational organization and leadership. Mallory is currently a doctoral candidate at Drexel University.

Marcella Chibbaro

A returning Mentor Teacher, Marcella began her career with Teach for America in Brooklyn at Achievement First (AF) Endeavor Middle School, where she taught seventh-grade math and led her students to double the proficiency of the district average. During her time at AF, she served as a grade-level chair, curriculum fellow, interim dean, course facilitator, and associate director of middle school math achievement, in addition to teaching fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade math. Marcella earned AF's Stage 4 Distinction, awarded for student achievement, student character development, quality of instruction and planning, and contribution to team achievement. She worked internationally teaching fifth grade in Guatemala City and most recently math in a secondary school in Cambridge, England. Marcella earned her B.A. in international relations with a minor in Spanish at Stanford University and a M.A. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Megan Milliken

Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn. There, she taught guided reading in the fifth through eighth grades as well as fifth-grade literature, then eighth-grade English Language Arts. Achievement First named Megan a Stage 4 Distinguished Teacher based on her students’ outstanding academic successes. Later she earned the network’s highest distinction, Stage 5 Master Teacher, and began coaching teachers-in-residence, writing teachers, and learning specialists. She then became the ELA department head and seventh-grade ELA teacher at Prospect Charter Clinton Hill Middle School. Currently, she is their associate director of literacy and special education. Megan earned a B.A from the University of Georgia in journalism, a M.A from the University of Georgia, and a M.Ed. from Fordham University.

Melanie Green

Now in her third year as a Mentor Teacher, Melanie began her career with Teach for America teaching eighth-grade math in Newark. She then joined Achievement First Voyager Middle School in Brooklyn as a founding fifth-grade math teacher. She went on to teach sixth-grade math, and was named grade-level chair and math dean. Melanie's fifth- and sixth-grade students increased their proficiency on the New York State Common Core math assessment by 28 and 26 percentage points, respectively. As dean, she led her math faculty to make the highest student growth of Achievement First’s ten schools for each of the past four years. Achievement First named Melanie a Distinguished Stage 4 Teacher and a principal fellow. Melanie earned a B.S. in economics and public policy from Duke University and a M.A. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Morgan Carter

Morgan began her career with Teach For America as a kindergarten teacher at Achievement First (AF) Amistad Academy Elementary School in New Haven, Connecticut. She then became a principal-in-residence at AF Bridgeport Academy Elementary School and was the founding principal at AF Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary School. During Morgan’s tenure as principal of AF Providence, the school achieved "Commended School" status for its students' academic achievement. A mathematics instructional leadership coach in schools across the country for the past six years, she has helped schools achieve up to 55 point year-over-year gains on student proficiency on their state math assessments. Morgan earned her B.S. in history with an elementary education teaching endorsement from the University of Washington and her M.S. from Walden University.

Roberto de Leon

Now in his fifth year as a Mentor Teacher, Roberto began his career as a Teach for America corps member teaching special education in the Bronx. He then taught third grade and was a staff developer at Uncommon Schools’ Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, where his work was featured in Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion. Later, at Democracy Prep Public Schools, Roberto was a founding teacher and curriculum director. He was then a consultant/teacher coach for numerous school districts, including Achievement First, where he was a Level 5 ELA teacher coach, the network’s highest distinction. After moving to California, Roberto taught sixth grade in a rural public school, where nearly all of his students passed the state’s ELA exam. He earned his B.A. in Education from Washington University in St. Louis, and a M.Ed. from the City University of New York.

Rochelle Murray

A veteran Mentor Teacher, Rochelle began her career with Teach for America in the Miami-Dade school district teaching sixth-grade math while leading instructional teams. She then joined UP Education Network in Boston, where her students achieved 93 percent in median student growth (mSGP) on the state test. Rochelle then joined Achievement First in Brooklyn as a middle school academic dean of math, and later became a founding principal. Under her leadership, the school’s eighth-grade students scored in the top one percent of proficiency in New York State in 2017. Rochelle is now an educational consultant, specializing in leadership coaching and professional development. She earned her B.S. in elementary education from Boston University, a M.S.Ed. from University of Miami, and a M.Ed. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Ryan Reardon

A returning Mentor Teacher, Ryan began her career teaching fourth grade at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Springs, Maryland, where she later became a math and science teacher for fourth and fifth grades. She then taught fourth grade at Achievement First (AF) Bushwick Elementary School in Brooklyn. Ryan went on to become an achievement director for the AF network. In that role, she helped to develop AF’s culturally-responsive humanities curriculum, which is firmly based in the science of reading and Common Core standards. Ryan currently provides professional development and coaches teachers and leaders in implementing curriculum rooted in the science of reading in schools in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Ryan earned her B.A. in elementary education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. from University of Maryland at College Park.

Sarah Brickley

Now in her third year as a Mentor Teacher, Sarah began her career teaching third-grade bilingual special education inclusion with Teach for America in the Bronx. As a fourth-grade classroom teacher at Success Academy, 100 percent of her students passed the New York State exams. She went on to lead the Success network’s elementary math program, whose results consistently ranked in the top one percent of New York State schools. Sarah then became director of the Achievement First middle school math program, where she spearheaded a shift to culturally relevant curricula. Sarah has also taught at an American school in Morocco, trained NYC teaching fellows, and consulted with a number of charter networks. Currently, Sarah is a math coach at Lowell Community School in Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. with a double major in journalism and Spanish from New York University and a M.Ed. from Lehman College.

Sarah Medve

A veteran Mentor Teacher, Sarah began her teaching career with Teach for America as an eighth-grade math teacher, middle school lead, and math department chair at Thomas Carr Howe High School in Indianapolis. She was named Teacher of the Year at her school in 2020. Sarah was also a policy fellow with Teach Plus, where she conducted research and advocated for proposed education policy change including transparency in teacher retention data. Since then, she has served as an eighth-grade Algebra I teacher and grade-level chair at Achievement First East New York Middle School in Brooklyn. In 2022, Sarah’s students achieved an 81 percent passing rate on the Regents Exam, 24 percent above the network high school average. Sarah earned her B.B.A. in business management from James Madison University and a M.Ed. from Marian University.

Scotty Jean-Baptiste

Scotty began his career with Teach for America in Ruleville, Mississippi, where he taught eighth-grade math. He led his students to achieve 91 percent proficiency on the 2014 year-end state test, the sixth-highest test scores in Mississippi. Scotty then served as the math academic dean for Achievement First Summit Middle School, where he led a 24 percentage point increase in math proficiency over two years. He remained in instructional leadership roles until he joined the 2022 Education Pioneers Covid Recovery Fellowship. In his new role, Scotty is responsible for managing and progress monitoring Covid recovery projects across the Boston Public Schools District. Scotty earned his B.A. in communications and political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Sean Healey

A returning Mentor Teacher, Sean began his career teaching ninth- and eleventh-grade math with Teach For America in Philadelphia, and later managed the organization’s recruitment team. Sean then joined Uncommon Prep Charter High School as a founding math teacher, and later served as a grade team leader, STEM instructional leader, and dean of curriculum and instruction. He then became the school’s principal and, during the pandemic, drove the planning and execution of remote and hybrid learning, and the return to in-person learning. Sean was a member of the inaugural cohort of the All Means All Inclusive School Leadership Program, a national fellowship for building more equitable and inclusive learning communities. He is the director of strategy and operations for Uncommon’s curriculum and assessment team. Sean earned his B.A. in international relations and his M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stu Warshawer

Stu began his career as a New York City Teaching Fellow in the Bronx. He then served as a  teacher, grade level chair and as dean of students with Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn. Stu then moved to Philadelphia and became a principal for Mastery Charter Schools. During his tenure as a middle school principal at Mastery Charter Harrity, the school was recognized for advancing two tiers on Philadelphia’s School Progress Report. Stu was then a Fisher Fellow and founding principal at KIPP New Jersey in Camden. He currently is an assistant principal at Harriton High School in the Lower Merion School District. Stu earned a B.A. in religion and philosophy from Williams College and his M.Ed from Mercy College.

Taylor Janney-Rovin

A returning Mentor Teacher, Taylor began her career with Success Academy Charter Schools, working with students in grades five through eight. She was grade team lead of the number one sixth-grade team as ranked holistically in the Success network. Taylor went on to become a founding teacher and administrator at Valence College Prep in Rego Park, Queens. There, she was named a “Changemaker” by her colleagues and created a professional development program promoting inclusive instruction and the Universal Design for Learning. Taylor recently lent her expertise as a dramaturg to the New York City Children’s Theater staged adaptation of Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s novel “Fish in a Tree,” performed for young audiences Off-Broadway. Taylor earned her B.F.A. in drama from Syracuse University and her M.S. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Will Roble

A veteran Mentor Teacher, Will began his teaching career with Teach for America in the Bronx. He went on to teach middle school math at Rise Academy, a KIPP school in Newark, then Achievement First (AF) in New York. There, Will’s eighth grade class achieved 100 percent proficiency on the New York state exam, and he later went on to become the director of middle school math achievement. Will then joined Avenues: The World School, an international network of private schools, where he taught a thinking skills class designed to strengthen conceptual reasoning, build cognitive flexibility, and promote empathy. He currently teaches seventh- and eighth-grade math, and leads a math circle and the middle school math team at Greenwich Academy, an all girls private school. Will holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology and Italian studies from Trinity College and a M.S. from Pace University.

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