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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.



Nibette Aning

Director of College Success

Freedom Prep Academy

New York, '06

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, Nibette was fully aware of the challenges her 2nd grade students faced. She remains committed to ending educational inequity as a director of college success at Freedom Prep Academy.


Mario Benabe


Wildflower New York Charter School

New York, '14

Mario Benabe always knew he wanted to teach and maximized his experience with Teach For America as a way to guide him from turning a passion into a career.


Devon Cantwell

Ph.D Student

University of Utah

Alabama, '12

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


David Castillo

Planning Assistant

Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement

Milwaukee, '14

Teach For America alum David Castillo serves the Milwaukee community by designing culturally responsive curricula for pilot schools.


Yesenia Castro


KIPP Raíces Academy

New York, '07

After Yesenia Castro graduated from Stanford and joined TFA, her experience teaching with the corps in New York would transform her trajectory and propel her into the career she holds now as principal at KIPP Raíces Academy in Los Angeles.


Chanel Cobey

STEM Program Specialist

Booker T. Washington High School

Metro Atlanta, '09

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.  


Tia Corniel


City School District of Albany

Phoenix, '06

Just six years after completing her TFA commitment, Tia earned a role as a principal in her hometown of Albany. She knows that education is her calling, and she’s dedicated to working as hard as she can for her students.


Maggie Dahn

Ph.D. Candidate/Researcher

UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '08

Maggie’s dual passions for education and the arts have intersected throughout her academic and career arcs. As a UCLA Ph.D. candidate, the wisdom she's gained from practical experience has become invaluable in completing her dissertation.


Jennifer Efflandt

ELL Coordinator

Achievement First

Dallas-Fort Worth, '09

After the corps, Jennifer saw for the first time the injustices facing others who shared her family’s legal, racial identity, and socioeconomic status. Today, Jennifer is committed to advocating for vulnerable populations as an ELL coordinator.


Alyssa Elmore, Ph.D.

College Counselor and Seminar Instructor

Chicago Bulls College Prep, Noble Network of Charter Schools

Metro Atlanta, '08

After several years of pursing her Ph.D. in education policy and leadership, Alyssa is now back in a K-12 environment. She goes to work everyday with a drive to make sure all students know their voices are valuable.

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