Teach For America, an AmeriCorps program, welcomed almost 100 new teachers to local schools this fall. The organization shares with its local partners in Duval County Public Schools a belief in the importance of engaging talented and committed individuals from all backgrounds and academic interests to bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the classroom. Teach For America also has found that maximizing diversity supports its effort to attract the country’s top talent. Among the new corps members, about 50 percent identify as African American or Latino and 15 percent grew up in Jacksonville.
“Teach For America is humbled to be a partner in the critical work of making an excellent education a reality for every child in Jacksonville,” said Crystal Rountree, executive director of Teach For America-Jacksonville. The new local teachers are among the 5,300 across the country in Teach For America’s 25th corps, who join second-year corps members for a total corps of 10,600. Among the new corps members nationally:
“I value the partnership of organizations like Teach For America because they recognize the importance of dedicated teachers who reflect the diverse backgrounds of students in urban and rural communities across the country,” said Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools.
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, the organization recruits and develops outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.