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Profiles of Alumni


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Alumni of Teach For America are a part of diverse network of leaders from all career fields, working to create opportunity in a variety of ways around the world. Meet some of our alumni, and read how their career trajectories have been shaped and transformed by their corps experience.



Christian Brown

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Student

Campaign Region: Rio Grande Valley

Enrolled in post-baccalaureate classes at Agnes Scott College, Christian Brown's ultimate goal is to attend medical school so she can address health care issues affecting adolescents.


Sandrene Cassells

MD Candidate

Stanford University School of Medicine

Campaign Region: New York

Teach For America alum Sandrene Cassells shares how her time leading a classroom enhanced her love for medicine, leadership, and a lifelong dedication to teaching and serving marginalized communities.


Annie Dotson

Primary Care Research Fellow

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Campaign Region: Houston

Alum Annie Dotson took her experience in the classroom to a career in health where she focuses her research on pregnancy and young children.


Lilian Ho

Pediatric Resident

Seattle Children's Hospital

Campaign Region: Bay Area

During a public health internship in college, Lilian realized that teaching would blend her passion for science and her commitment to helping people. She’s now a pediatric resident working in rural communities that lack access to health care.


Rebecca Purtell

Pediatric Hospitalist

Primary Children’s Hospital/University of Utah

Campaign Region: Greater Philadelphia

Rebecca Purtell's experience as a TFA corps member prepared her for her role as a pediatric hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital, including her main responsibility of caring for acutely ill children.


Dan Tilden

Medical Resident

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Campaign Region: Eastern North Carolina

Dan Tilden discovered a new sense of purpose of serving in the corps. Today, he’s a resident in the Med-Peds program, which combines internal medicine and pediatrics.