Too many students fall behind academically too quickly in Mississippi, often two grade levels behind by third grade. By high school, this translates into ACT scores that fall below the national average and only 11 percent of graduates ready for college.
Despite these challenges, we believe hardworking, transformative classroom, school, policy, and community leaders can improve the educational outcomes for students across our state.
She also serves as the senior vice president of regional operations and manages executive directors in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Michelle joined Teach For America as a 1999 Los Angeles corps member, where she led the second-highest-performing fifth grade class in the Compton Unified School District. After three years in the classroom, Michelle joined Teach For America’s staff. As a founding member of the national Teacher Support and Development team, Michelle helped set the organization’s strategy for teacher effectiveness and led the efforts to rapidly increase the rigor and pace of learning for the half-million students reached by our teachers. Michelle lives in Chicago with her husband, the corps member who taught in the classroom next door to her in Compton, and their daughter, Elsa. She is a graduate of Tulane University with a master’s in education from Loyola Marymount University.
Deputy Executive Director
Ron Nurnberg became the executive director of Teach For America’s Delta region in 1996 and led the expansion of the Delta corps from 32 teachers then to more than 550 across Arkansas and Mississippi. Now, as deputy executive director of the Mississippi region, Ron continues to build state-wide relationships that ensure those who have the most power, influence, and resources understand and champion the potential of our students and communities.
Prior to joining Teach For America’s staff, Ron completed a master's degree in Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, and Oxford remains his home. Prior to TFA, Ron successfully grew and sold a pub and restaurant business in St. Louis, coordinated and led cultural non-profits in Vicksburg, Miss., and Helena, Ark., and served as assistant director of Central College's American Program at Trinity College in Carmarthen, Wales.