• Not far from the gleaming skyscrapers of uptown, you’ll find high schools in Charlotte where only 52% of students graduate. 

  • At Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, where corps members have worked alongside families, school leaders, and veteran teachers since 2004, 85% of students graduate.

About Charlotte

Positioned between the Appalachian Mountains to the west and the Carolina coast to the east, Charlotte is a diverse city that attracts a wide variety of residents and industry. Charlotte’s education system has a rich history, from being at the forefront of the desegregation movement in the 1970s to winning the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education in 2011. Despite this, there is still a very real disparity in educational opportunities between low-income students and their more affluent peers. Within a few miles of the prospering business districts of downtown, there are schools where only one-third of students are on grade level in reading and math. Teach For America is working with school, community, political, and business leaders across Charlotte to change this.

Today, our teachers reach nearly 15,000 students in 40 schools across Charlotte. Nearly 300 Teach For America alumni call the city home, including 10 alumni serving as principals and assistant principals in high-poverty schools. Together with thousands of families, educators, and community partners, we are working to ensure that the more than 70,000 economically disadvantaged students in Charlotte receive educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success.

ARE YOU FROM NORTH CAROLINA?

In 2014, Teach For America will take up the work of the North Carolina Teacher Corps – an initiative launched by the state to increase the number of North Carolinians leading local classrooms. If you're a current or former resident of North Carolina, you have the potential to make a profound additional impact with local students.

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Connect With Us

5855 Executive Center Drive Ste 200
Charlotte, NC 28212
Tel 704-569-1033
Fax 704-569-2599

Executive Director

Tim Hurley
Tim is a fifth-generation public school teacher and graduate of Mississippi public schools.

He graduated from Vanderbilt University and Stanford Law School. During law school, Tim interned for the Mississippi Center for Justice, a public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Tim joined Teach For America in 2002 as a corps member in the Mississippi Delta, where he taught fourth grade and served as grade-level department chair. He has served as executive director in Charlotte since 2008. Tim is a member of Christ Central Church in NoDa and teaches Sunday school with his wife Susie.

Regional Stats

48
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
230
CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
72%
ALUMNI IN EDUCATION
15,000
STUDENTS BEING REACHED
15
ALUMNI SCHOOL LEADERS
141,000
STUDENTS IN SCHOOL SYSTEM
Data valid as of: Aug 2013