LaShae Bourgeois and Shane Wood are a dynamic charter teacher duo who exemplify the credo that “behind every extraordinary teacher stands another extraordinary teacher.” Ask Principal Baumer what she thinks about kindergarten teachers LaShae Bourgeois and Shane Wood and she’ll say, “They embody inclusivity, rigor, and deep empathy for scholars. You should have seen their scholars’ work with Guatemalan worry dolls!”
LaShae and Shane represent the strengths of Impact Public School’s co-teaching model, whereby experienced Lead Teachers are paired with Teaching Fellows, who are in the earlier stages of their career. LaShae joined Impact as an accomplished educator with a strong command of instructional practices and a track record of promoting outstanding student achievement. Shane joined Impact as a Teaching Fellow after completing a year with Americorps and is fiercely committed to Impact’s mission and core values. These two educators have built a solid working relationship in which they support each other relentlessly and have created a beautiful classroom environment where scholars feel safe, heard, and are encouraged each and every day.
Finally, at Westlake Charter School in Natomas, California founding teachers Abigail Grimaldi and Meredith Galloway personify a culture of colleague support that has allowed the organization to successfully found a new high school in the middle of the pandemic. Read the story of Abigail and Meredith.