Over the last 10 years, St. Louis has lost 30,000 city residents. Many of these are young families who leave the city searching for better educational opportunities elsewhere.
Corps members and alumni are laying the groundwork for the city to live up to its potential by creating excellent educational opportunities for all kids, regardless of zip code.
About St. Louis
St. Louis is home to some of the country’s best free, public institutions including the world-renowned St. Louis Art Museum, a nationally-recognized science center, the Missouri History Museum, one of the country’s best known zoos, and Forest Park—modeled after New York's Central Park.
While natives and transplants alike take great pride in these attractions, one of St. Louis' biggest and most important free institutions is never ranked among the countrys best—our public school system.
Since legalized segregation in the 1860s to a belated and reluctant enforcement of desegregation in the 1980s, divisions by race and class in St. Louis have led to intergenerational poverty, the decline of our historic communities, and a vast disparity in educational outcomes between students growing up in different zip codes.
Today, the average ACT score at Sumner High School—the oldest historically black high school west of the Mississippi—is a 14. Just ten miles away in the wealthier district of Clayton, the average score at the public high school is 26.
In partnership with schools, districts, and community supporters, Teach For America is working to change educational outcomes for the thousands of children growing up in poverty in St. Louis. Corps members and alumni are a source of talent and energy for our schools and city. Along with aligned organizations and local champions of educational equity, we are cultivating a landscape where change can take root and our city can once again prosper.
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Brittany first joined Teach For America as a 2007 corps member in Washington, D.C., where she taught third grade at King Elementary in Southeast Washington. From there, she served as legislative assistant for her hometown Congressman, U.S. Representative Wm. Lacy Clay of Missouri, advising on education, family policy, and Oversight & Government Reform Committee matters. Following her time on the Hill, Brittany served as a director on Teach For America’s Government Affairs team, and volunteered as the executive director of Dream Girls DMV: A Mentoring Program for Girls and as founding co-chair of The Collective-DC, an organization for Teach For America alumni of color in the region. Brittany is a proud alum of the John B. Ervin Scholars program at Washington University in St. Louis and American University in Washington.