Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year Finalist Spotlight: Yonathan Tadesse from Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at Townview Center

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Yonathan Tadesse, who teaches algebra and college transition to 10th and 11th graders at Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, has been a pioneer in many new campus and district initiatives, serving as math chair and leading the first Link Crew program, which aims to increase attendance, decrease discipline referrals and improve academic performance. A 2014 graduate of Emory University, he  tutored in Atlanta public schools throughout college and experienced firsthand the need for more Black male math teachers. Upon graduation, he became a Teach For America corps member and taught math for five years at W.W. Samuell High School, helping contribute to significant academic gains for students.

Garet Feimster, principal at Sanders Law Magnet, describes Mr. Tadesse as “the most well-rounded educator I have ever been around. … He is a  driven, well-organized teacher-leader who intentionally inspires relationships with his students.”

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