In the shadow of our nation’s Capitol, one in five adults is functionally illiterate.
But change is coming for D.C.’s kids.
About D.C. Region
In Washington D.C., symbols of our nation’s strength are abundant. Yet just miles from the White House and the United States Capitol building there are public schools where students have some of the lowest standardized test scores in the country. This staggering condition of educational inequity has lasting implications for our community—one-third of adults living in the District are functionally illiterate and the poverty rate in Prince George’s County has more than doubled in the last ten years.
While this gap remains a significant barrier to the future opportunities available to our kids, we are beginning to see inspiring evidence of change. Our alumni and corps members are working diligently alongside the community to improve the life trajectories of children in the District and Prince George’s County. Right now, there are 350 corps members in the Teach For America - D.C. Region, instructing over 18,000 students within the beltway. At this scale, one in five low-income kids in the region are taught by our corps members. Our work is furthered by our many area alumni continuing the pursuit of educational equity, including 13 school system leaders, 33 school leaders and five elected officials. With more than 1,600 alumni working within and beyond education, Teach For America is fueling the ecosystem of teacher leaders, school leaders, and community leaders needed to accelerate and sustain the pace of education reform.
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Determined to ensure students like hers continued to have excellent teachers, Ahnna joined Teach For America’s recruitment team and then relocated abroad to work for Teach First in the UK. After returning to Washington, D.C., Ahnna was elected to her advisory neighborhood commission in 2010 and worked as a senior advisor to the District’s deputy mayor for education. A D.C. area native, Ahnna graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park.