Meet our Policy Fellows
English Learner Policy Fellow
Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Ashley Coleman moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2006 to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Latin American Studies and Political Science from Tulane University. ESL teaching experiences gained during her undergraduate years both domestically and abroad in Nicaragua prompted her to relocate to Porto Alegre, Brazil following graduation where she worked with adult English learners for two years. Returning to the U.S. in 2013 with a solidified commitment to the field of ESL education, Ashley moved to Nashville to serve as the Adult Education Coordinator for the Nashville International Center of Empowerment and completed her Masters in TESOL from the University of Southern California. Both her Masters coursework and professional experiences advocating for young and adult immigrant and refugee English learners while in Nashville spurred a desire to work more closely on education policy initiatives. As such, Ashley is extremely excited to join Conexión Américas as the EL Policy Fellow and looks forward to working with fellow educators within the TN English Learner Network to communicate ongoing policy developments and create resources that strengthen our collective ability to advocate for Tennessee’s EL students.
Policy and Research Fellow
Masters in Public Policy, candidate
Alisha came to Nashville in 2013 with Teach for America. After finishing her corps years at Glencliff Elementary School, she taught for a third year at a charter to see the disparities between public and charters in Nashville. Currently, Alisha is entering her second year as a Master of Public Policy candidate at Vanderbilt University. She is interested in housing policy in Nashville, as well as, creating equitable access in education for English language learners.