• Right now, Arizona is ranked 50th among states for percentage of high school graduates who attend college.

  • Through commitment, partnerships, and higher expectations, we can prepare our students to reach their full potential.

About Phoenix

As the urban heart of the youngest contiguous state in the country, Phoenix is a city of contrasts: at once the sixth-largest city in the nation and the gateway to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Phoenix is home to a thriving downtown known for musical, athletic, and artistic spectacles, and surrounded 360-degrees by mountains ready for exploration. Residents here are uniquely loyal to their communities, even as the demographics of those communities are dramatically shifting.

The education landscape in Phoenix reflects these contrasts. Arizonans highly value education, and believe that quality schools must be a priority: 89% of state residents feel early-childhood education programs, for example, are critical in preparing students for success in school, and 97% say top-quality public schools are crucial or very important to the state’s future. However, funding for full-day kindergarten in public schools was eliminated in 2010, and less than a third of Arizona’s high school graduates each year even attempt to take the ACT.

As Arizona enters its second century of statehood, our communities are working to bring their ideals and actions into alignment by creating an education environment in which all students in Phoenix and across the state can thrive. The 300 Teach For America corps members and nearly 600 alumni in Arizona are working to be a part of the solution that will unlock our students’ educational potential before another 100 years has passed.

Connect With Us

Phoenix
3030 North Central Avenue Suite 900
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Tel (602) 304-0211
Fax (602) 304-0213

Executive Director

Lindsay Wheeler DeFrancisco
Lindsay Wheeler DeFrancisco graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2005 and joined Teach For America in Phoenix, where she taught fifth grade for three years in the Laveen Elementary School District.

In 2009, she received a master's degree in education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While in Boston, Lindsay became involved in local education reform, including a fellowship with Education Pioneers.

Following graduation, Lindsay served as director of school support with The Achievement Network, helping 17 schools in Boston, Washington D.C., and across the Midwest to improve student achievement by using data to drive instruction and by connecting with other schools in meaningful ways. In 2010, Lindsay came back to Phoenix to take on the roles of clinical instructor and professional development facilitator at the Sanford Education Project at Arizona State University. In February 2012, she returned to Teach For America as the executive director of the Phoenix region.

Regional Stats

1994
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
20
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
250
TOTAL CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
820
ALUMNI IN THE REGION
20
ALUMNI SCHOOL LEADERS
73%
Percent of Alumni in Education
Data valid as of: Aug 2014