Mayor Greg Ballard Declares 10–16 Teach For America–Indianapolis Week

Community and Business Leaders to Visit and Guest Teach in Local Schools


Indianapolis, May 11, 2015—Mayor Greg Ballard recognized Teach For America–Indianapolis’s commitment to working alongside city efforts to provide equitable education opportunities for students in low-income communities by declaring May 10–16 Teach For America–Indianapolis Week.

In its inaugural year, Teach For America Week draws community leaders from across the city to support educational excellence for all children. From May 11–15, these leaders will visit the classrooms of Teach For America corps members and alumni to see the work accomplished every day to provide great learning opportunities for students. Teach For America Week participants include Jihada Garrett of The Mind Trust, Brian McGrath of the Friedman Foundation, Dinesh Castellino of Cummins, and Teach For America–Indianapolis Regional Board Chair Lisa Sablosky.

“Teach For America is a valuable asset in Indianapolis, bringing high-performing leaders to teach in low-income schools and advancing education through its alumni leadership,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. “It is an honor to declare this week as a time for business and community members to recognize the work and contributions made by TFA.”

“We are thrilled to have Mayor Ballard sign a proclamation to formally recognize Teach For America Week in Indianapolis,” said Rebecca Thompson Boyle, executive director of Teach For America–Indianapolis. “We look forward to community leaders experiencing firsthand the work of our corps members and alumni and the learning environments of our brilliant students in Indy.” 

Teach For America brings a diverse group of our country’s most promising leaders into the field of education, with an initial commitment to teach for two years in high-need urban and rural schools.

Teach For America–Indianapolis became a community partner in 2008 and currently supports over 160 corps members who partner with veteran educators, school administrators, students, parents, and families to further the local movement for educational equity, reaching over 7,000 students. Beyond their initial two-year commitment, Teach For America corps members develop a lifelong commitment to expanding educational opportunity: approximately 350 alumni, including 10 2014 Teacher of the Year honorees, are working across a range of fields to support low-income kids and their families, with 68 percent in education. Nearly 100 alums are classroom teachers, 55 are school leaders, and 1 in 6 principals in Indianapolis Center Township is a Teach For America alum.

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Azania Herron
Managing Director, Regional Communications, Teach For America

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Monday, May 11, 2015


Lisa Sablosky, Teach For America–Indianapolis Regional Board Chair


Avondale Meadows Academy


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Brian McGrath, Friedman Foundation


Indy Metropolitan High School


12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Jihada Garrett, The Mind Trust


Tindley Renaissance


9:00 a.m. – 10: 00 a.m.

Friday, May 15, 2015


Dinesh Castellino, Cummins


Manual High School


9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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