Our Fellows

Green Fellows work across 10+ schools in educator, coaching and leadership roles. Meet a few current and past Green Fellows.

JOEL NKUSI RWABERA

6TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER  | CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

Joel currently teaches 6th grade Social Studies at Citizens of the World Charter School in Kansas City. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies from Global University in Springfield, MO and a Master’s in Education from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City. Prior to joining the Green Fellowship, Joel taught 6th grade English & Language Arts in a New York City public school and 7th grade History in a New York City charter school. He was born in Rwanda and lived in five different countries before moving to the United States. French is his first language and he enjoys bringing his diverse background into his teaching of global issues. Joel was drawn to the mission of the Green Fellowship because of the commitment to bring transformational change to this great city that he now calls home.

JESSICA GARCIA

5TH GRADE HUMANITIES TEACHER  | KANSAS CITY GIRL’S PREP

Originally from Missouri, Jessica served for three years as the 6th Grade Team Leader and 6th Grade Literature Studies Teacher at a Democracy Prep Middle School in Harlem. She recently moved back to Kansas City and accepted a job as the founding 5th grade Humanities teacher at Kansas City Girl's Preparatory Academy. She is also a mentor teacher through Kansas City Teacher Residency and is a fellow in the Green Fellowship. Jessica is driven by a passion for elevating the voices of women and, as a Latinx Woman, is motivated to bring the diverse identities of her students and families to the forefront. Jessica was awarded the prestigious Sontag Prize in Urban Education for excellence in teaching, and has averaged three years of reading growth with her students. She is a graduate of Missouri State University, where she studied Sociology and Spanish, and earned her Masters in Education at Relay Graduate School of Education.

ARLETTE ACOSTA

TEACHER | EWING MARION KAUFFMAN SCHOOL

Arlette Acosta believes education is the key to greater opportunities and greater societal change. Prior to teaching at the Kauffman School, Ms. Acosta taught English in Madrid, Spain, Spanish at the Noble Network Charter Schools in Chicago, and French at St. Louis Public Schools. She is an alumna of Teach for America - St. Louis and received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

ELIZABETH BAIRD

5TH GRADE TEACHER  | KC GIRLS PREPARATORY ACADEMY

Elizabeth is currently a founding 5th grade teacher at KC Girls Preparatory Academy, an all-girls public charter school in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining KC Girls Prep, Elizabeth taught middle school math at Colegio Menor, an international school in Quito, Ecuador. She is incredibly excited to return to Kansas City, where she previously taught at East High School and the Kauffman School. She has served as a Grade Team Leader, Student Council Sponsor, and Curriculum Writer at the middle school level. At East High School, she led an 8th grade class of Algebra I students to over 80% mastery on the Missouri End-of-Course Exam. Her students at the Kauffman School saw an average of 2.51 years of growth in math at the end of one year. She holds a B.B.A. in Economics from the University of Iowa and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

JASON ZIMMERMAN

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER  | EWING MARION KAUFFMAN SCHOOL

Jason Zimmerman is committed to the idea that Kansas City's children possess the ability to compete on an absolute scale with the best and brightest of our nation. Prior to joining the Kauffman School, Mr. Zimmerman served as an elementary teacher in the Kansas City Missouri Public Schools district, where he helped transition the district into its standards-based academic system. Mr. Zimmerman is an alumnus of Teach For America - Kansas City and received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Communication, and Gender Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Education from Rockhurst University. Among his reasons for working in education is creating a proof point for Kansas City that showcases exceptional public education.

STEVIE EVANS

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER GUADALUPE CENTERS

Stevie Evans is currently teaching ELA Resource at Guadalupe Centers Middle School. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Stevie taught Special Education (all subjects) for five years in Oakland, California where she was awarded Special Education Teacher of the Year in 2012. She holds a BA in International Studies from a small liberal arts college in New York, as well as an MA in Teaching from the University of Southern California. Stevie became a Green Fellow after teaching English to Spanish speakers in Spain for five years where she was able to spend quality time with her sister (who also lives there), met her husband who is from there, and learned Spanish