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Group Looking to Bolster Educator Influence Announces 2014 Teacher Fellows

The Hope Street Group, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on economic opportunity, this week announced 13 teachers and instructional coaches from across the country to participate in the group's National Teacher Fellowship. The competitive program is designed to gives educators tools and resources they can use to influence the field of education on local, state, and national levels.

The fellows were chosen based on their leadership abilities, participation in educator networks, support for education reform in their district and state, and interest in contributing ideas to shape education reform, according to an online application on the Hope Street Group web site. They will attend orientation and training programs in Washington this month to learn about current issues in education. During the year, they will also collect teacher-feedback data from schools in their states and share recommendations for educational policiee.

The Hope Street Group works to change underlying systems and incentive structures in America by sharing plans for reform with politicians and practitioners in the fields of education, health, and employment. According to the release, past Hope Street teaching fellows have written columns for major news publications and discussed education initiatives and reforms with state and national policymakers.

The 2014 National Teacher Fellows are listed here:

  • Robert Baroz, a 9th grade English teacher at Dearborn STEM/Early College Academy in Boston.
  • Sarah Carlson, a science teacher at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.
  • Michael Dunlea, a 2nd grade teacher at Ocean Acres Elementary School in Stafford Township, N.J.
  • Kenneth Mims, an 8th grade science teacher at Snellville Middle School in Gwinnett County, Ga.
  • Darlene Morris, a mathematics teacher at H.D. Woodson High School in D.C.
  • Beth Oswald, a 7th grade social studies teacher at J.C. McKenna Middle School in Evansville, Wis.
  • Ben Owens, a mathematics and science teacher at Tri-County Early College High School in Murphy, N.C.
  • Christopher Poulos, a Spanish teacher at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Conn.
  • Brandy Price, an instructional leader at Ingenium Charter School in Canoga Park, Calif.
  • Mark Sass, a social science teacher at Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colo.
  • Christian (Ian) Simoy, a social studies teacher at Aiea High School in Aiea, Hawaii.
  • Melissa Tracy, a social studies teacher at Conrad Schools of Science in Wilmington, Del.
  • Rebecca Wattleworth, a math and science teacher at Warrensburg-Latham High School in Warrensburg, Ill.
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