Unique in every way, New Orleans is a city full of interesting neighborhoods, many of which change in character from one block to the next. The large area known as Uptown includes several of New Orleans' most historic and storied locales, like the Garden District and Audubon Park. Mid-City boasts beautiful City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Fairgrounds racetrack, home of the world famous Jazz and Heritage Festival. Both Uptown and Mid-City, as well as the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, are home to many corps members and alumni.
From sampling the city's famous cuisine at countless restaurants, to hearing live music on Oak or Frenchmen Street, to shopping on Magazine Street or dining in the newly revitalized Freret Street neighborhood, there's never a shortage of things to do in New Orleans outside the classroom. Even lesson planning can be done in a beautiful, unique setting like the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, which was recently rebuilt and reopened. A fantastic addition to the Broadmoor neighborhood, this library has a cafe and hosts a variety of weekly programs, including ESL tutoring, computer classes, knitting circles, and cooking classes.
To say that the Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta region is unique is an understatement. The physical landscape of the region alone is striking in its variation. Swamps and farms are only a short drive from the center of the French Quarter. Such contradictions allow for a broad range of fun, food, and culture, from eating jambalaya on the Bayou to listening to unparalleled local music in a jazz club to grading papers on your front porch.
Greater New Orleans has been a thread in the fabric of Teach For America since the organization began in 1990. The region's once small group of 30 corps members has dramatically grown to nearly 400 today, teaching pre-K through 12th grade in 90 schools across nine partner parishes. It is a testament to our region's vibrant culture and dynamic educational landscape that more than 750 alumni remain in the region, with more than 400 of them continuing their work in the classroom.
Our region's corps members teach in traditional public and open-enrollment charter schools across Greater New Orleans and the Louisiana Delta. The Greater New Orleans footprint covers six parishes within a 60 mile radius of the city center and is comprised of diverse urban, rural, and suburban communities. In 2010, Teach For America opened a small satellite site in the Louisiana Delta. This part of the region includes three parishes that are approximately four hours from New Orleans, and within an hour of corps members in the Mississippi Delta region.
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