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Profiles of Leaders in the Teach For America Network

Khadijah Abdullah

Executive Director

Teach For America Metro Atlanta

Campaign Region: South Louisiana

A Birmingham, AL native and 2006 South Louisiana corps member, Khadijah joined Teach For America Metro Atlanta in 2019.

The Collective Board

Alvin Abraham

Dean, Dougherty Family College

University of St. Thomas

Campaign Region: Houston

Alvin Abraham currently serves as the founding dean of the Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas which welcomed its inaugural class of students in August 2017.

Idalmi Acosta

10th Grade English Teacher

Riverside High School

Campaign Region: Indianapolis

Idalmi Acosta is a 10th Grade English Teacher at Riverside High School and a 2020-21 F.R.E.E. Fellow through TFA Indy.

Sabre Adams Poff

6th Grade Math Teacher

KIPP Indy College Prep

Campaign Region: Chicago-Northwest Indiana

Sabre Adams Poff is a 6th Grade Math Teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep and a 2020-21 F.R.E.E. Fellow through TFA Indy.


Mariana Aguilar



Campaign Region: Los Angeles

Mariana’s time in the classroom strengthened her resolve and developed her skills as a leader, propelling her toward a career focused on learning and career mobility as a consultant at Deloitte.


Matthew Aiken

Litigation Associate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Campaign Region: St. Louis

As a judicial law clerk for the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Matthew Aiken dealt with major legal issues on a daily basis. Despite the weight of this responsibility, he credits his ability to embrace the challenge to his time teaching 9th grade math as a corps member.

Corps Member

Kaili Akar

Accelerate Fellowship Participant

Campaign Region: Miami-Dade

Working along like-minded, passionate, and intelligent people fueled me to understand my role in leveling the education playing field. Accelerate is the intellectual summer camp you never knew existed. 

National Council

Debbie Smith, Alabama

Appellate Litigator and Managing Partner

Christian & Small LLP

Campaign Region: Alabama

Christian & Small Managing Partner Deborah Alley Smith's practice is focused on post-judgment and appellate litigation. She devotes her time to research and writing and to preparing her partners for trial to ensure that significant issues are preserved in the event of an appeal.


Femi Alese

Product Manager

Internet Brands

Campaign Region: Rhode Island

Femi Alese learned the value of vision setting to achieve measurable results in the corps. Today, Femi uses that same growth mindset of continuous reflection and improvement as a product manager at Internet Brands.


Natasha S. Alford

Deputy Editor and Digital Host


Campaign Region: D.C. Region

In the fast-paced world of today’s media, Natasha S. Alford oozes confidence before the camera as a digital host for TheGrio. What you might not know is that she honed her talents as a teacher in the corps.

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