Kousha Navidar

Kousha Navidar

Job Title
Speechwriter
Company
West Wing Writers
University
Duke
Harvard University
Corps Year: 
2010
Corps Region: 

Born in Tehran, Iran, at the end of the Iran-Iraq War, Kousha Navidar and his family moved to Albany, New York, looking for a new life in America. From an early age, Kousha understood the importance of opportunity—and thrived in a community of supportive adults, especially teachers. His corps experience, teaching 10th grade geometry in Miami, included two of the most rewarding and challenging years of his life. Now as a speechwriter and producer, Kousha promotes awareness of a range of issues that impact education. Read more about Kousha and his professional path since completing the corps. 

Career Path

Teach For America: Miami-Dade Corps
Kousha taught high school geometry, just like his dad, and years later, still keeps in touch with his former students.
Community Manager, Google
An avowed techie since childhood, Kousha deferred his dream job with Google to join Teach For America. After the corps, he worked for Google before pursuing his master's in public policy.
Speechwriter, U.S. Small Business Administration
After graduate school, Kousha became a speechwriter for a member of President Obama's cabinet.
Senior Associate Producer, PBS Point Taken
As the senior associate producer for "Point Taken," a public affairs debate show on PBS, Kousha put the leadership skills he gained in the classroom to good use.
Speechwriter, West Wing Writers
Kousha helps advance progressive public conversations around education and other issues as a speechwriter for West Wing Writers, a private firm of writers from the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Q & A

Q
Why did you decide to join Teach For America?
A

In 30 years, what is the story I want to tell about my life? I wanted to say I spent time giving back to a cause I really care about. 

Q
How do you continue to support educational equity in your current career?
A

The show [I worked on] promotes something really important in [this] country—civic discourse around multiple sides of an issue. It’s the way that I promote the spirit of TFA, bringing awareness to so many important issues that impact education. 

Q
What do you wish people knew about Teach For America?
A

TFA exists because there is a very important need. Learning how to see the world through other people’s eyes—seeing through the eyes of students—is such a big part of being a teacher.

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