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Teach For America Celebrates 20 Years in St. Louis

February was a month of celebratory events for Teach For America St. Louis, one being our 20th Anniversary Celebration that took place on Saturday, February 25th!   

TFA STL lettering sits between two pencil shaped balloon towers.

March 14, 2023

This year, TFA St. Louis toasted to a milestone achievement: our 20th Anniversary!

To commemorate this special moment, we hosted our 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, February 25th, at 18Rails in the City Foundry STL where over 200 attendees–educators, community leaders, partnering organizations, stakeholders and supporters–reflected on the collective impact of TFA St. Louis.

Upon arrival, attendees enjoyed drinks, appetizers and dessert while they mingled and connected with fellow alumni. Dr. Nathalie Means Henderson (St. Louis '03), Senior Vice President, Head of Leadership Development at Teach For America, gave the keynote address, putting into perspective the purpose of our gathering and the power of our collective work in the St. Louis community.

“As we celebrate tonight,” said Dr. Means Henderson, “I am optimistic for what the future holds for the students of St. Louis. I know folks in this room and in this community are deeply committed to making sure every student has access to an excellent education and are on the path of economic mobility and path of possibility. Know that you will always have an ally, advocate and cheerleader in me. Cheers to the next 20 years!”

One of the evening’s high points was unveiling a recent video that captures and tells the story of TFA St. Louis' impact where alumni and students shared how TFA touched their lives and impacted their dreams. For the duration of the event, attendees engaged in several activities, including a photo booth, a collaborative paint-by-number art piece of the St. Louis city skyline, and dancing the night away.

Since 2002, when Teach For America placed its first corps in St. Louis with 36 teachers working throughout the city, our region’s educators have worked in solidarity with community members and local leaders to ensure an excellent education for students in the region. We’re incredibly grateful for two decades of recruiting, training and retaining high-quality educators who transform student outcomes in our region’s most under-resourced schools. Together, we can continue defining the future of our city, and the joy-filled evening served as a reminder to our collective power.