Teach Plus Names 6 UCLA TEP Alumni As Teaching Policy Fellows
Teach Plus recently chose 30 top teachers, including 6 UCLA TEP alumni, as Teaching Policy Fellows to advance urban public education reform in Los Angeles.
“We are ecstatic to begin our inaugural cohort of Policy Fellows with this group of incredible educators,” said John Lee, Executive Director of Teach Plus Los Angeles. “Great teachers want opportunities to shape the policy decisions that affect their classrooms. Our Fellows strive to fundamentally improve the culture of the teaching profession and keep excellent teachers in the classroom in order to help the students who need them most.”
During their 18-month experience, the Teaching Policy Fellows will interact with key education leaders, will study education policy, research, and best practices from across the nation and will advocate for policies that will better serve students and retain excellent teachers. The Teaching Policy Fellow program offers leadership opportunities designed to amplify the voice of effective classroom teachers.
UCLA TEP is proud to congratulate the following six alumni for their appointment as Teaching Policy Fellows.
Sandra Alamo, M.Ed 2003
English Language Arts and Mathematics at Larchmont Charter School
Sandra Alamo is currently teaching fifth grade English Language Arts and Mathematics at Larchmont Charter School in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. She has previously taught grades kindergarten through second grade at Larchmont Charter School and MacArthur Park Primary Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Her experience also includes teaching multi-age and bilingual classes. Sandra was selected as a Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2010 and a Los Angeles County of Education semifinalist. She has been a member of the Larchmont Charter School Board of Directors, School Site Council, and other school committees. Sandra enjoys working with colleagues and has supported teachers as a grade level lead teacher and BTSA Support Provider. She holds a CLAD and BCLAD in Spanish Multiple Subject Credential and a Masters of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Meteka Eusi Patterson Bullard, M.Ed 2004
Baldwin Hills Gifted/High Ability Magnet
Mrs. Bullard is a Los Angeles native and teaches 4th/5th grade at Baldwin Hills Gifted/High Ability Magnet in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). She has been a classroom teacher for nine years and previously taught dance to elementary students throughout LAUSD. Meteka received a B.A. in Dance and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education (with an emphasis on social justice, equity, and access) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She was a Governor’s Teaching Scholar while at UCLA, has been nominated three times for Whos’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and earned National Board Certification in Teaching in 2008. While serving on the Baldwin Hill’s Academic English Mastery Program (AEMP) team, Mrs. Bullard and her fellow teacher leaders were awarded the Academic English Mastery Program for Excellence in Teacher Leadership (2005-2006) and were also recognized as the AEMP Model School (2004-2005). Currently, Meteka is the grade-level chair and lead science teacher at her school. She also serves on the School Leadership Council and has been a master teacher for the UCLA Teacher Education Program for the past year.
Mohammed Choudhury, M.Ed 2008
Luther Burbank Middle School
Mohammed has been an English and History teacher for the past five years at the middle school level within urban communities in Los Angeles. Born and raised within the Mid-City Los Angeles area, he is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District. His passion is centered on being involved within and creating school wide structures that seek to impact the academic and social outcomes of all students. He has been an LAUSD Spotlight teacher highlighting his approach to student achievement that is based on providing consistent intervention structures within and beyond the classroom. Mohammed is a graduate of UCLA's Teacher Education Program and holds a masters in education within urban schools.
Alexis Piazza, TeachLA 2009
Gabriella Charter School
Alexis Piazza has taught six, seventh, and eighth grade math grade math in south LA for the last four years. After training at Gompers MS in the summer of 2008, he spent two years at John Adams MS, where he served as the math department chair. In 2010, he spent a year teaching 7th grade math at KIPP: Academy of Opportunity, leading his students to significant academic gains. Alexis worked as a Corps Member Advisor at Hamilton High School through Teach for America’s Summer Institute in 2010 and as a School Director for Gompers Middle School in the summer of 2011. He currently teaches 8th grade Algebra 1 and 8th grade science at Gabriella Charter School, and is excited to teach the school’s first-ever graduating class.
Allison Rief, M.Ed 2003
Virginia Road Elementary School
Allison has been a teacher at Virginia Road Elementary School in Los Angeles for nine years, where she has taught at the pre-kindergarten, second grade, and third grade levels. Allison began her teaching career at the University of California, San Diego, where she earned a minor in Education and was able to work as an aide in schools located near the US-Mexico border. The students she worked with there inspired her to obtain her teaching credential and Masters in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2006, she demonstrated that she was able to meet our Nation’s highest and most rigorous teaching standards by earning her National Board Certification. This certification has enabled her to become a mentor for new teachers through the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program as well as a mentor for struggling teachers. During the 2010-2011 school year, Allison was selected as a Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year and subsequently a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year. In 2011, Allison completed a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies and her dissertation focusing on community-school-university partnerships. Currently, Allison continues to teach pre-kindergarten, while also mentoring teachers, serving as the Student Success Team coordinator, and participating in the School Site Council.
Angie Trae, M.Ed 2009
Angie Trae-Greenbarg attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where she earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. After graduation, she joined Teach for America in the Los Angeles Region to begin her teaching career. She taught 6th grade math/science at Mann Middle School in South Los Angeles for three years. While teaching, she earned her teaching Credential and her Masters in Elementary Education at UCLA. Angie is currently a founding teacher at Valor Academy in Pacoima where she chairs the science, history and art departments. She is thrilled to be a Teach Plus fellow where she hopes to gain experiences and skills to make a significant impact in education policies throughout Los Angeles.
The participants' bios are pulled from the Los Angeles Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows page.