• Atlanta was one of the main staging grounds for the civil rights movement. Yet in the decades since, the city has not fulfilled the hope of equal opportunity for all.

  • A diverse group of corps members and alumni are working to improve the lives of Atlanta’s kids and live up to the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King.

About Metro Atlanta

In addition to being the social, economic, and cultural hub of the southeast, Atlanta is a city with a prolific past that has borne witness to some of the most significant moments in American history. In the 1960s, Atlanta was a major organizing center of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and students from Atlanta's historically black colleges and universities playing major roles in the movement's leadership.

Today, we find Atlanta at another critical juncture in time when we must draw upon the strength of determined leaders to eliminate our region’s most pressing civil rights injustice: the disparity in education that is severely limiting the life opportunities for more than 400,000 students growing up in poverty in the region. Just one out of every five low-income students in Metro Atlanta will attend a high-quality pre-k program, compared to four out of five in more affluent nearby areas. Students from low-income communities are also twice as likely to attend a school that has not met adequate yearly progress, and just 31% will go on to college, as compared to 79% of their higher income peers.
In partnership with schools, districts, and community supporters, Teach For America is working to provide equal educational opportunities for all Metro Atlanta students, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Our 450 corps members and 900 alumni are a source of talent and energy for our schools and city. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of these teachers and leaders, now, more than ever, Teach For America - Metro Atlanta is positioned to significantly impact the life trajectories of students in our region’s high-need communities.

Connect With Us

10 Peachtree Place, 7th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tel (404) 688-9843
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Executive Director

J. Delano Ford
DeLano’s commitment to expanding excellent educational opportunities for students is deeply personal work.

Growing up in North Carolina, where his school principal was also the church deacon, DeLano’s childhood was shaped by a tightknit community who cared deeply about their children. Yet, struggling as a freshman at Morehouse College, DeLano became aware that, despite having loving people in his life, his community high-school experience had not fully prepared him with all he needed academically. Ultimately graduating with honors, with the support of his family and Atlanta community, DeLano committed himself to reinvesting in his new home of Metro Atlanta and to finding solutions to educational inequity.

Prior to joining TFA, DeLano served as Deputy Superintendent of Transformation with the Louisiana Recovery School District and as the Chief Operating Officer of KIPP New Orleans Schools.  He began his career as a business consultant and was a Broad Resident. DeLano earned a Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.

Regional Stats

Year TFA Arrived
Corps Size The First Year
Total Corps Size This Year
Alumni in Region
Percent alumni in education
Alumni School Leaders
Data valid as of: Aug 2014