Baseemah (Bee) Nance, Director of Finance & Administration
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.
Cynthia Ramirez, Director of Providence Programs
Cynthia Ramirez is a Providence, RI native, who has dedicated her professional career to education and empowering young people to be the present and future leaders. She has more than 8 years of experience working in this field, helping close the opportunity divide that exists within our communities. Prior to Generation Teach, Cynthia worked at the Woonsocket Middle and High Schools, where she coordinated and led after-school programs, offering a variety of academic and social enrichment opportunities. In addition, Cynthia was a leader for Year Up, where she taught and co-designed the Customer Service courses, co-taught Introduction to Computers, led student outreach, recruitment, selection, and worked closely with the local leadership and board, serving as a thought partner on the organization’s strategies and efforts. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Rhode Island College.
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.
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.
Ismael Ramos, Director of Denver Programs
Ismael Ramos joined Generation Teach in 2018 to give back to his community. He grew up in Southwest Denver and is a proud graduate of Denver Public Schools (DPS). Ismael supported middle and high-school students as a Youth Treatment Counselor at Tennyson Center for Children and as an Educational Counselor for Denver Kids, Inc. He managed community partnerships and connected students with post-secondary opportunities and families with wrap-around services as a Regional Coordinator with DPS’s Office of Family and Community Engagement. A recipient of a Daniels Fund Scholarship, Ismael holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Colorado Denver.
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.
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.
Nisha James, Finance & Program Associate
Nisha James joined Generation Teach in 2018. She is a proud alumna of the University of Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. As a first generation college student, she sought organizations on campus that would not only allow her to grow as an individual but also impact the lives of others. She had the opportunity to be part of the Multicultural Business Program and Delta Sigma Pi throughout her college career. Post graduation, she is excited to have a direct impact on the lives of students on their journeys to achieve excellence.