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A Reflection on 2018

Teach For America New York’s Executive Director, Charissa Fernández, celebrates the power and potential of the TFA community.

By Charissa Fernández

May 10, 2019

As I reflect on 2018, I’m inspired by the power and potential of the Teach For America New York community. We’re more than 7,000 strong - corps members, alumni, partners, and supporters - united by purpose and driven by possibility.

While we’re grounded in the common belief that all students deserve an excellent education, simple truths are not always simply realized. Educational equity requires massive systemic change in a public education system that has remained largely unchanged for more than 100 years. We’re committed to working together inside and outside of the classroom so that all kids in New York City reach their full potential.

We’ve come a long way and we’re proud of our accomplishments, but we know there’s still work to be done and that we can’t achieve educational equity on our own. We are part of a powerful and diverse collective of leaders at every level who support, inspire, and challenge our students to be the leaders our city needs.

I am humbled by the change-makers who are committed to shaping the future of our city. Educators like Maribeth Casey (NY ‘18), a first-year teacher working hard to level the playing field for our youngest learners. Or schools like nationally recognized The Hamilton Grange Middle School, committed to academic excellence and character education. We remain inspired by our almost 500 corps members, the 5,600 leaders in our alumni base, and our thousands of partners and supporters. We’re especially excited to welcome our 2019 corps members and four new board members. You can learn more about the leaders in our community and the impact TFA NY has made in our city by flipping through our Annual Report.

Your work creates a better tomorrow by helping create positive, lasting systemic change. Thank you for standing with us and with our students!