Heidi (Erbe) Dotterrer, Chief Program Officer
Heidi joined Generation Teach and launched our second Denver site in 2015. Heidi brings experience as a 6th-grade teacher at KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy and eight years of experience directing and launching Breakthrough Collaborative summer programs. At Breakthrough, Heidi led student recruitment, selection, and support; curriculum development and implementation; and volunteer, intern teacher, and instructional coach recruitment, selection, and supervision. She founded two Breakthrough sites in new cities and served as the chair of Breakthrough Collaborative’s Directors’ Council and represented directors on the Breakthrough Collaborative Board of Trustees. Heidi manages the California region of Middlebury College’s Alumni Admissions Program. She holds her B.A. in Environmental Science, Biology, and Education from Middlebury College.
Baseemah (Bee) Nance, Director of Finance
Bee Nance is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than a decade of professional experience in accounting, budgeting, and financial management. She joined the Generation Teach Team in 2017. Prior to Generation Teach, Bee provided financial oversight to multi-million-dollar non-profit organizations and worked as an Accounting Professor for Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC and San Jacinto College in Houston, TX. She loves teaching and believes education is essential to society’s future. She is committed to educating future generations and increasing diversity in the classroom. Bee welcomes the continued challenge of working in education to make the world a better place. She holds both her B.S. and M.S. in Accounting.
George Ramsay, Director of Special Projects
George Ramsay joined Generation Teach in 2016. Following a Breakthrough summer teaching fellowship in 2011, George co-founded the Students For Education Reform UNC-CH chapter where he supported campaigns in three states to influence electoral action. George brings experience as a consultant for the social entrepreneurship corps in Ecuador, as a curriculum developer for Rocketship Education’s optimized classroom initiative, and as a founding middle school math teacher at Summit K2. George earned his B.A. in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar. He holds a credential in Secondary Mathematics Education.
Ivelisse Sanchez, Director of Boston Programs
Ivelisse Sanchez is a Boston, MA native and has worked in K-12 public education for almost a decade. She was a middle-school English as a Second Language teacher in Boston Public Schools before transitioning into recruitment at UP Education Network. There, she founded and led the organization’s diversity initiatives, including managing the Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force, overseeing the implementation of the Bridge Mentoring Program for new employees of color, and assisting UP in attracting, recruiting, and hiring a talented and diverse staff. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and her Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University.
Preston Thomas, Nonprofit Fellow
Preston was an inaugural 2014 Generation Teach Denver Fellow and an inaugural 2015 Generation Teach Boston Fellow. As an undergraduate, Preston worked as an America Reads America Counts tutor with local middle school students. He also led an Alternative Spring Break Trip focused on immigration and refugee resettlement. These experiences have fostered his interest in promoting multicultural education. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2017 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Africana Studies.
Laura Zahn, Founder & CEO
Inspired by a summer teaching fellowship to pursue a career in education, Laura Zahn founded Generation Teach in March 2014 to scale summer teaching fellowships in partnership with district and charter schools. A former Breakthrough Teaching Fellow, Instructional Coach, Executive & Program Director, national board member, and Chief Academic Officer, Laura has served as a middle- and high-school teacher, middle-school principal, school improvement consultant, and NH Department of Education School Improvement Grant (SIG) Consultant. A recipient of a Paul Douglas Teaching Scholarship, Laura graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and Humanities from Messiah College and holds an M.A. in liberal studies from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in educational administration from National University, as well as experienced educator credentials in English grades 5-12 and K-12 principal leadership.