Vallay Varro was a founding state executive director. She now serves as the president of 50CAN.

Back in March we told you that the Charter School Partnership was starting a new competition to get aspiring school leaders to take part in a two-year fellowship to open a new, high-performing charter school. Well now we're pleased to tell you that the winners have been announced! Meet the three new fellows:

Angela Mansfield, a Minneapolis native and a Milken Educator Award Recipient, has been working with the Minneapolis Public Schools since 1997 as an exemplary teacher, a Reading First Literacy Coordinator, and, most recently, as a TAP mentor, providing instructional coaching to teachers to improve their performance as part of the well-regarded national System for Teacher and Student Advancement. Angela received a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA., a M.Ed in Literacy at the University of Minnesota and is currently a PhD candidate focusing on Literacy at the U of M.

Matthew Bannon, a Teach for America alum who taught in Houston, TX, has served as a leader for the Twin Cities Teaching Fellows, a project of The New Teacher Project (TNTP), where he oversaw the work of Fellows who were placed in numerous Saint Paul Public Schools. In addition, he has recently worked with TNTP on nation-wide initiatives. He presently serves at the Minnesota Literacy Council where he recruits, selects and trains AmeriCorps VISTAs. Mr. Bannon received a B.A. from Texas A&M University.

Daniela Vasan was also selected to be a CSP Fellowship starting in 2012. Ms. Vasan was Teacher of the Year at her public elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been a Teach for America Corps Member and has also worked as a TFA advisor in Atlanta at TFA’s pre-service Summer Institute for new teachers; she will serve as a Curriculum Specialist there this summer. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Ms. Vasan received a B.A. degree in Middle Eastern Studies and will be receiving her Masters in Mathematic Education at Georgia State University this summer. She also studied in Irbid, Jordan at the University of Yarmouk, where she was part of the Intensive Arabic Immersion Program. Ms. Vasan is fluent in Spanish and is proficient in French and Arabic.

Congratulations Angela, Matthew and Daniela. We're looking forward to seeing the fruit of your labor in the coming years!


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