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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.



Devon Cantwell

Ph.D Student

University of Utah

Campaign Region: Alabama

Devon Cantwell's time in the classroom inspired her to go back and work on earning her doctorate at University of Utah.


Chanel Cobey

STEM Program Specialist

Booker T. Washington High School

Campaign Region: Metro Atlanta

As a Teach For America corps member, Chanel Cobey taught ninth grade biology at the historic Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta and says she fell in love with teaching. Today, she continues to develop relationships and inspire students to love science and math as the STEM program specialist at her school.  


Bailey Farrell

Chemistry Teacher

Ransom Everglades School

Campaign Region: New York

After earning a B.S. in chemistry from Stanford University, Bailey seemed set for a career in medicine. But after guiding her science students to success as a corps member, she remained in the classroom and continues to change students’ lives.


Sara Gonzalez

Lead Kindergarten Teacher and Grade Level Chair

KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School

Campaign Region: Twin Cities

Sara joined the Twin Cities corps hoping to prepare for a career in education policy or the nonprofit sector. As soon as she started teaching, however, Sara discovered the classroom was exactly where she wanted to be.


Micah Joselow

Math Department Chair

DC Prep

Campaign Region: Washington

Now a founding fifth-grade math teacher and Math Department Chair at DC Prep, Micah uses his passions and skills he gained in the corps to expand his impact as a school leader.


Katherine Leiva

Programs Manager, Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) Policy Advisor Fellow, and COO

Radical Partners and FitLit

Campaign Region: Miami-Dade

Spurred to action by the needs of her ESOL students Katherine Leiva continues to be an advocate for equality, co-founding the youth leadership program FitLit and as a LEE Policy Advisor Fellow.


Aaron Lesser

Founding Math Teacher

Noble Network Of Charter Schools

Campaign Region: Greater Delta: Mississippi & Arkansas

As a founding math teacher at two different schools, Aaron has fallen in love with his career even though his undergraduate studies initially dictated a different path.


Shaina Neal

Assistant Principal

Tindley Collegiate

Campaign Region: Phoenix

Shaina’s own experience as a student instilled in her the importance of showing all kids that they have incredible potential. She now serves as a school leader and continues to help students appreciate diverse cultures and succeed.


Sydney Phillips

Doctoral Student

University of Utah

Campaign Region: Chicago-Northwest Indiana

A little roadblock didn't stop Teach For America alum Sydney Phillips from pursuing a career focused on equity.


Erin Stauber

K-1 Instructional Coach

D.C. Public Schools

Campaign Region: Greater Delta: Mississippi & Arkansas

With experience creating and implementing literacy curricula in D.C. and abroad, Erin is now an instructional coach, guiding teachers in best practices and analyzing student data.

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