Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2008 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Bio/Overview: Tejtel works as a member of the Joint Governing Panel that is charged with implementing Baltimore City’s landmark new teacher contract. Tejtel grew up in France, and her first educational experience was attending an international school outside of Paris. Her family moved to Virginia in time for Tejtel to start the fourth grade, and the rest of her education through high school was in the Fairfax County Public School System. Although she studied biology and religious studies at the University of Virginia, Tejtel’s heart was always in education. During her senior year of college, Tejtel turned down a job with the C.I.A. to join Teach for America, the national corps of teachers that commits two years to teaching in an under-resourced area. She moved to Baltimore and taught science for two years at West Baltimore middle school, while completing her M.A.T. at Johns Hopkins University. The following year, Tejtel helped found KIPP Ujima Village Academy, a public charter school, which is currently the highest-performing public middle school in Baltimore City, and one of only a few schools to consistently meet AYP. After serving as an assistant principal, Tejtel returned to the classroom as a biology and health teacher at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly), a public magnet high school that serves students across Baltimore City.
Achievements: In 2005, Tejtel received the Kinder Award for Excellence in Teaching for her contributions in the classroom. Also in 2005, Tejtel led her students to earn the highest math scores in the state on the Maryland School Assessment. She has twice been a finalist for Baltimore City Teacher of the Year.
Leadership Experience: During her first four years at KIPP, Tejtel taught every subject to every grade, founded and coached the Math Olympiad and National Academic League teams, and served as a mentor to new teachers. During her fifth year at KIPP, Tejtel moved out of the classroom to serve as Dean of Instruction. In this role, she recruited, trained, supported, and evaluated teachers, and she worked on school-wide curricular organization, instructional delivery, and assessment.
Affiliations: KIPP, Teach for America, Math Olympiad, National Academic League
Education: Tejtel studied biology and religious studies at the University of Virginia, where she completed her undergraduate work. She went on to earn her Master’s in teaching at Johns Hopkins University.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Dropout rates
- Fair and accurate assessments
- Teacher preparation
- Career Pathways
- Teacher Quality