Education Entrepreneur Fellows

Mr. Jospeh McDaniel is an advocate for innovation and youth development which has inspired him to be an educator at the high school and college level. He has served as a teacher, facilitator, curriculum developer, and public speaker collaborating with various public school districts across the country and through Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. During his most recent tenure with KIPP:MA, Joseph developed a curriculum focusing on expanding post-secondary options for KIPP graduates through workforce labor projections and aptitude. Joseph is passionate about building a school model that integrates an identity-affirming, entrepreneurial and student based pedagogy with innovative responsive classroom segment. His goal is to empower, inspire, and promote a positive personal brand for students of color. 

Joseph is an alumnus of Michigan State University earning a BS in Sociology and an MBA in Business. 

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TJ Pavlov attended Western Michigan University to study Urban Planning. After college, he moved to Chicago to work for a consulting firm doing feasability studies for municipal development projects. His work as an educator began as a technology teacher, where he then moved into the social sciences sector where he both taught History and Psychology. While working with young people in the classroom, he developed a deep interest in the process by which youth map their lives after graduation. That led to launching an internship program at Chicago Tech Academy and leading the restructuring of a traditional post-secondary asdvising model. Helping young people design an adult life that they are proud of and in control of, motivates him as an educator...all while designing his own life alongside them. 

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Michael Bota is CICS’s Educational Entrepreneur Fellow who works with communities to help create the next generation of global citizens and social entrepreneurs.  As a Fellow, he specializes in problem-based learning, cultivating resourcefulness, and articstic expression. Michael's passion for helping gather support can be traced back to Wrightwood Elementary, where he spent significant time working on real-world, scientific learning and created a game-making club to teach basic computer skills. 

Michael spent last summer in Israel, developing techniques to teach English to Hebrew speaking children. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from The University of Michigan. When he isn't busy, Michael is developing new school models at CICS, relaxing with friends, playing baseball at the park, or back at home in Michigan with his family. 


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Aiyeshia Wong is a CICS Education Entrepreneur Fellow who is working to reimagine classroom design and close the opportunity gap for underrepresented students in Chicago. As a teacher and leader, Aiyeshia has spent the past nine years educating students, designing culturally inclusive curricula, coaching teachers, and transforming school culture. She has also launched travel abroad programs across multiple Chicago schools serving students of color from under-resourced commuities. Aiyeshia began her career in education as a high school reading teacher in Miami, Florida for Teacher for America. 

Aiyeshia holds a Master's degree in Education from the University of Miami.  When Aiyeshia isn't busy supporting classroom innovation at CICS, you will likely find her wobbling through a yoga class or spending time with her loving husband and lively daughter. 

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