Meet our Policy Fellows

Ashley Coleman
English Learner Policy Fellow
Conexión Américas

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.

Alisha Woodson
Policy and Research Fellow
Masters in Public Policy, candidate
Vanderbilt University

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.

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