One in every eight kids in this country goes to school in California, but it ranks as the 48th state in academic performance.
Teach For America corps members and alumni, alongside community members, are embracing the spirit of innovation so central to the region to create change.
About The Bay Area
The Bay Area is a beacon for innovation. Those who call it home pride themselves on thinking differently and exploring new frontiers. Yet not all Bay Area students are prepared to excel as the innovators of tomorrow. Some of them aren't even given a fighting chance. In San Francisco, only 14% of African American students finish high school on time, while in the South Bay, Palo Alto High School's graduation rate is 99.4%.
We see rays of hope in the hundreds of classrooms and dozens of schools in the Bay Area putting not just a few, but many of their students—most from low-income backgrounds—on a different academic path. These students will have a chance at a brighter future than their life circumstances might predict.
As we consider what it will take to provide all students in the Bay Area with a great education, we have resolved to focus our efforts over the next several years within four communities: San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Richmond.
We aim to better partner with our communities, helping to show what's possible when leadership, great ideas, hard work, and determination merge in a shared commitment to doing what's best for our youngest citizens. Only through a collaborative effort in each community will we have a chance to prove that transformational change in education is possible for the Bay Area. These communities will continue to light the way toward a bright and innovative future for all.
In addition to overseeing a regional team of 36 staff members and ensuring the effectiveness of over 430 corps members, she is working to establish our presence in the community and building a broad and sustainable base of financial support. Before taking on this exciting challenge, Emily was the managing director of programs on the Bay Area team, and also served as a recruitment director for the Ivy League cohort. She began her work with Teach For America as a 2003 corps member in New York City teaching middle school math and science. Emily is a proud Bay Area native and Stanford University alumna.