London experienced educational inequity first hand, and has always been passionate about expanding opportunities for kids. Though there are many educators in her family, she thought she would fight for equality as a lawyer. But teaching in Baton Rouge gave her an incredible respect for the extremely hard work of educators and the power they have to change lives. While in the corps, she started the Ghana Educational Collaborative to address inequities she had seen working there in college. She also became the youngest Fellow of America Achieves. After inspiring more young leaders to make an impact through Teach For America, London is now continuing her work in Baton Rouge as principal of THRIVE Academy. She strives to have every graduating student accepted at a four year university with scholarships. Forbes named her one of Baton Rouge’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars for her achievements in school leadership.
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It was the hardest I have worked in my life, and I loved it! It was powerful to learn from so many diverse people teaching alongside me who were trying to make an impact for kids. I felt so welcomed by the Baton Rouge community. We came as strangers, but left part of the family. Even after teaching, I had Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with people from my community.
I learned what grit and perseverance are. Incredible personal growth comes from failing constantly, reflecting on what you’re doing wrong, and doing whatever it takes to improve. I developed organizational skills and an ability to manage people to results that I would never have gotten anywhere else. Most of all, the incredible impact I was able to have on my students changed me.
Be prepared to learn and grow, and be open to the notion that your life plan might change once you experience this work. TFA is set up to help you succeed. You will meet people who believe in you and who will support you. I would not be where I am today without having done TFA. TFA saw my potential before I saw it in myself, and inspired me to pursue this path.