Leah Anyanwu

Elementary Curriculum

I am honored to be in my fourth year serving as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher at KIPP McDonogh 15 Primary School in New Orleans, LA.  Prior to joining Teach for America in 2012, I taught one year as a teaching fellow at my placement school.  The connection to my scholars and their families kept me at my school before, during, and after my commitment.  Every child in America deserves the best education available, and I will forever be dedicated to working in education.  After my first year in the corps, I received a "Certification with Distinction" from The New Teacher Project, meaning that I performed in the top 10% of all ACE participants across Louisiana's TNTP Academy and finished The New Teacher Project Certification Academy with honors.  Purposeful planning paired with attention to detail helped my scholars finish the 2013-2014 school year with 88% of them reading on grade level and 61% reading above level.  Additionally, I am designated as an accomplished teacher on KIPP New Orleans Teacher Effectiveness Program.  I am excited to strengthen my craft with the tools that the Masters in Educational Studies Program will offer.

Michelle Benjamin

Secondary Curriculum

Hailing from a suburban town 20 minutes north of Boston, I graduated in 2011 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and majored in Mathematics. I always had an interest in teaching and found Teach for America to be a great opportunity to explore that desire. After teaching Physics and Chemistry for two years in St. John Parish, I felt the need to continue to improve as an educator and really wanted a program that offered great flexibility and maximized the amount of time spent in class. This program at SUNY Binghamton has exceeded my expectations, and I am always impressed by the eagerness of every student in the cohort to grow professionally.

Elizabeth Iorio

Elementary Curriculum

I recently completed my fifth year teaching in urban high need schools.  My teaching career began in Baltimore when I joined the Baltimore City Teaching Residency in June 2009.  I spent one year teaching all subjects to a fifth grade class at Montebello Junior Academy in northeast Baltimore.  In 2010, I moved to New Orleans after getting a job at Sylvanie Williams College Prep in Central City.  I taught third grade for three years and then looped with my class to fourth grade this past year.  My first year at Sylvanie Williams, I taught all subjects.  In 2011, I began to specialize in math and science instruction.  For the past three years, my students have surpassed city and state averages on their state tests.  Most recently, my fourth graders were 73% basic or above in math and 27% mastery or above.  This upcoming school year, I am going to continue teaching fourth grade at Harriet Tubman Charter School.  I will be teaching all subjects in what New Orleans refers to as a "self-contained classroom."

Miesha Jackson

Elementary Curriculum

I'm currently teaching fourth grade math at Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in New Orleans.  I've been teaching for seven years.  I've taught grades 4-6 math and science.  I am also the Achiever's Academy Director at my school.  This is a program that is designed to provide innovative academic enrichment opportunities for our students.

Kenneth Johnson

Secondary Curriculum

I graduated from the University of Rochester in 2010 with a BA in Health and Society.  I have been blessed to teach in the Alabama charter corps with Teach for America (TFA) in 2010.  My experience was radically different from most in that I helped shape and mold the Alabama math curriculum.  In Alabama, I taught math to 9-11 graders my first year at Selma High School.  I was one of the highest achieving teachers in the state.  I was then asked to move schools by TFA and was placed in Tuscaloosa at Westlawn Middle School teaching 7-8 grade scholars.  I am now in my fifth year of teaching at my current school in New Orleans at Kipp McDonogh 15 Middle School.  I currently serve as the sixth grade chair and math teacher.

Last Updated: 2/17/15