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.
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.
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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.