2017 Fellow Bryan W. Jackson has accepted the position of Lower School Head for Browne Academy, a diverse independent day school in Alexandria, VA committed to developing the whole child through extraordinary teaching, exceptional academic programs, and a nurturing community. Excellence, Diversity, Character, and Community are the four core values that Browne uses to help shape and guide its students’ education and character. Browne characterizes itself as a strong, nurturing community where students are encouraged to be individuals and express the essence of who they are.
2016 Fellow Michelle Bess and 2017 Fellow Ashlie Tyler were both recognized by Chicago Scholars as “35 Under 35 Young Leaders Making an Impact.” The 35 under 35 awards recognizes diverse, talented young professionals in Chicago who are making an impact on youth. These young professionals are in the civic, corporate, nonprofit, and tech/start-up sectors.
2015 Fellow Stacey D. Mitchell became the Director of Diversity & Inclusiveness at Educators 4 Excellence, an organization that works to ensure that the voices of classroom teachers are included in the decisions that affect our profession and our students.
2015 Fellow Adria Husband has accepted the position of practice community manager at CASEL, an organization that strives to make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education. Adria will help CASEL enhance and grow its community-building efforts, including managing national assemblies, growing professional learning communities and managing initial engagement with new districts.
2016 Fellow Christopher Goins recently began serving on the Advisory Committee for the Chicago Principal Partnership. Members of the committee champion principal quality in public schools and set the partnership’s priorities while also driving improvement in their own organizations and organizations across Chicago.
2016 Fellow Michael Johns now serves on the board of directors of EPIC Academy, a public open-enrollment charter school in the South Chicago community that believes every child is entitled to a great education. In a neighborhood where 84 percent of adults do not have a college degree, 90 percent of EPIC Academy’s first graduated class was accepted to a four-year college.
2015 Fellow Melissa Connelly was promoted to Vice President of Program at OneGoal where she serves as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team and ensures alignment on all programmatic communication and messaging. Connelly manages a growing National Program Team and acts as a torchbearer and leader for all regional program team members across the organization.
2016 Fellow Erica Hines recently became a program manager at the National Center for Teacher Residencies, which works to transform teacher preparation and improve outcomes for high-need students. As a program manager, Erica designs and delivers effectiveness-driven consulting for residencies and helps develop and facilitate network program offerings.
2016 Fellow Michelle Bess joined the Sprout Social team as a Talent Specialist. She is in charge of recruitment for the marketing and operations team and is beginning the important work of diversity and inclusion.
2016 Fellow Ceddrick Hunter has accepted a STEM Instructor position at KIPP Chicago. KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.
2015 Fellow LeShonne Segura holds the position as Director of Family and Community at Northwestern University Settlement Associations, where she supports and empowers parents to link within the community to support scholars’ learning. Segura now sits on as an Associate Board Member for the Chicago Scholars.
2016 Fellow Nicole Beechum was promoted to Senior Research Analyst at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, in which she will research designing and manage research projects.
2016 Fellow TaMikka Sykes was promoted to Principal of Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in the District of Colombia Public Schools.
2015 Fellow Cassie Williams relocated to her hometown of Detroit, Michigan to join the Chief of Schools team at the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan. In her new role as Professional Development Coach, Cassie is working with Network teams and school leaders to execute on a variety of district initiatives.
2015 Fellow Candace Moore was recognized by Chicago Scholars as “35 Under 35 Young Leaders Making an Impact” and her article on Advocating for Access to Education: Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline was also published by the Cook County Bar Association Record.
2015 Fellow Ana Martinez was accepted to the National Institute for Latino School Leaders Fellowship through the National Council de la Raza. The NCLR Fellows provide insights, highlight practices, and inform policies that directly relate to or impact Latino youth in the public school system.
2015 Fellow LeShonne Segura was promoted to Director of College Counseling and Instructional Lead at Chicago Bulls College Prep, a campus of the Noble Network. She also joined two Alumni Associations where she was acknowledged as Chairwoman for the Summer of a Lifetime Alumni Council, and she joined City Year Chicago’s Alumni Board.
2016 Fellow Michelle Bess was elected as the Vice President Elect for the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s Junior Board, in which she will serve as Vice President for 2016 and will be President in 2017.