Our Team

YTC’s Coordinating Committee

Hajra SyedHajra
Hajra is a senior at Rutgers University and enrolled in an elementary education program with a specialization in middle school social studies. You can find her on Twitter at @etegosum.







Jacob Chaffin

Jacob Chaffin is a graduate student of Critical Studies at Ohio University,jacob and a 5th grade teacher in Southern Ohio. He is also a founding member of the Ohio University Student Union.  You can follow him on Twitter at @JacobBayes.




Mel Katz
1900198_332435946966095_4349913897412097836_oMel is a student activist for education. She is a sophomore at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey in the Integrated Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Teaching in Urban Elementary Education Program. You can follow Melissa at @mel_katzz






Molly Tansey


Molly is currently an MAT candidate at the University of Georgia. She is currently working on a book about teacher activism and writes at oyemundo.wordpress.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @lena_tansey.


Stephanie Rivera


Stephanie is current graduate student in NJ and contributor to Jesse Hagopian’s book, “More Than A Score.”







YTC’s Editors

Daniel Bergerson
spec-headshot-1Daniel Bergerson is a full-time student teacher in the Barnard Education Program at Columbia University. He plans to teach high school social studies in his hometown of of Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can follow him on Twitter @DanielBergerson and read more on education, history, and campus politics at The Dandruff Report.




Matt Collins

Matt is a fourth-wFHFw-jqyear undergraduate at the University of Chicago and a first-year graduate student at UChicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP). You can find him on twitter at @matthewpcollins.

4 thoughts on “Our Team

  1. Best wishes on your endeavors from an RU GSE alum. (Do students still refer to the RU screw?) We need motivated, admirable, savvy teachers for the future–and yes, you’ve witnessed the impact of NCLB.

    One thought to consider: Your descriptive line “teachers w. a common radical vision” could lead folks to think that you subscribe to Michelle Rhee’s outlooks on education–her 2013 book is titled “Radical: Fighting to Put Students First.”

    Look forward to seeing new posts on your site.


  2. Just came across this group and feel so excited for you. I received my PhD in C&I with research in culturally inclusive training but couldn’t get back to the classroom. I now teach elementary school in Taiwan and would love to offer any assistance to any and all new and veteran teachers such as yourselves. I feel so encouraged by this groups!


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