Teach For America trains and supports outstanding recent college graduates and young professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong educational leaders.
This fall, 325 corps members, who comprise one of the largest Teach For America cohorts in the nation, will reach some 18,000 students in the organization’s Phoenix region. Amplifying their efforts are substantial collaborations between TFA and partner organizations, such as Arizona State University, the Helios Education Foundation, and the State of Arizona, as well as the community activities of more than 500 TFA alumni who live and work in the state.
Those alumni are key to Teach For America’s long-term vision for Arizona under Pearl Chang Esau, executive director of the Phoenix region since 2008. TFA’s leadership expects the number of alumni in Arizona to more than double in the next few years and plans to focus efforts on creating partnerships to help alumni become more involved in civic leadership at all levels. These alumni represent a ready resource for local and regional leadership programs across the state.