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San Diego

In "America's Finest City" we are part of a movement delivering on an education to match our motto.
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About Us

About Us

San Diego is now a TFA alumni innovation region! To meet the vision we hold for Inclusive Excellence in San Diego and reach our 2030 goals as an organization, we must have the courage to approach our work differently. At TFA San Diego, that means we are pivoting from the traditional corps member model and focus now on the power and promise of our alumni.

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Our Focus

Our Focus

Our alumni innovation vision and high-impact programming focuses on:

  1. The recruitment of alumni and other diverse, equity-centered educators to San Diego
  2. The leadership development and placement of our alumni in partner districts
  3. The collaboration across industry to drive collective action toward inclusive excellence in San Diego's K-12 system
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  • Our Mission

    By 2030, twice as many children in communities where we work will reach key educational milestones indicating they are on a path to economic mobility and co-creating a future filled with possibility.

  • Our Vision

    To innovate at scale and positively transform the education system in San Diego. We strive for inclusive excellence; true racial justice and educational equity made possible through inclusive leadership and collective impact.

  • Our Goal

    We will recruit, develop, and help place a diverse set of alumni and equity-centered educators who better reflect the San Diego student population. Through these leaders, we will positively transform the education system sustainably and at scale for our students and communities.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Whether you’re from San Diego, interested in San Diego, or just looking to learn more, we’d love to hear from you! Connect through our San Diego Regional Site or reach out to our regional staff: 

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Support Our Work

Support our efforts to connect TFA alums to opportunities to expand their impact in San Diego

Local Leadership

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Dr. Randolph E. Ward

Executive Director

Teach For America San Diego

Dr. Randolph E. Ward was hired as the Executive Director of Teach For America in October 2018. At TFA San Diego, he has led the team in a strategic shift to accelerate the impact of the organization. He also consults with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) as a systems coach for school districts in distress. Dr. Ward retired as the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools in November 2016, after having served since August 2006. At the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), Dr. Ward led the organization in completing its first formal Strategic Plan. As part of that planning process, he and the SDCOE staff worked with educational and community leaders throughout the county to craft the specific elements of the new Strategic Plan. Areas of emphasis included digital literacy, leadership development, closing the achievement gap, and ensuring global workplace readiness for all students.