In Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) less than 50% of economically disadvantaged students are graduating high school as compared to 71% of their more affluent peers.
In Jacksonville, we are building a movement of teacher leaders who will serve over 25% of all low-income students in Jacksonville by 2015 and begin to close the achievement gap in our city.
In 2007, community leaders in Jacksonville sought out Teach For America as a vital part of the solution to improve educational prospects for students in Duval County. Since Teach For America – Jacksonville launched with 50 corps members in 2008, we have brought over 200 high quality teachers to Jacksonville who have directly impacted the lives of over 13,000 low-income and minority students across Duval County.
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There, Crystal led her first graders at Williams Elementary School to an average growth of 2.5 academic years and was nominated for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. After seeing her students’ accomplishments, Crystal was motivated to continue her work to close the achievement gap. She served as director of special projects for Teach For America - Atlanta and as a senior recruitment director for the organization before assuming the role of founding executive director in Jacksonville.