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National Board of Directors

Kevin Huffman

Partner

The City Fund

Region: Houston, '92

Kevin Huffman is a partner with The City Fund, where he supports the efforts of local leaders in cities across the country working to create great public schools for all children. Huffman is the former Tennessee commissioner of education, where he managed the state department of education in its effort to advance the academic progress of nearly one million students.

Alumni

Cydney Snyder

High School English Teacher

Teach For America Kansas City

Region: Kansas City, '18

Cydney joined Teach For America Kansas City from Texas, where she attended Southern Methodist University and studied Political Science, Public Policy, and Human Rights. She found a passion for working with students as an orientation leader in college and is excited to continue that passion as a high school english teacher in Kansas City.

Alumni

Francie Schnipke Richards

Head of Partnerships and Development

Chicago Public Schools

Region: Greater Chicago–Northwest Indiana, '09

Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana alum Francie Schnipke Richards serves as Head of Partnerships and Development at CPS and Executive Director of the Children First Fund.

Alumni

Devon Cantwell

Ph.D Student

University of Utah

Region: Alabama, '12

Devon Cantwell's time in the classroom inspired her to go back and work on earning her doctorate at University of Utah.

Alumni

Katie Boody

Co-founder and CEO

LEANLAB Education

Region: Kansas City, '08

Katie is a Kansas City native who joined Teach For America in 2008 and went on to help found the C.A. Franklin Elementary School middle school team and, Alta Vista Charter Middle School. She then founded LEANLAB Education, an organization that builds communities and launches transformational innovations into K12 schools

Jorge Santos

Special Education Teacher and Grade Team Leader

MS 839

Jorge Santos is a restorative justice coordinator, a special education teacher, and grade team leader at MS 839 in Brooklyn, NY.

Alumni

JoAnn Gama

Co-Founder and Superintendent

IDEA Public Schools

Region: Rio Grande Valley, '97

As Co-Founder and Superintendent of IDEA Public Schools, JoAnn served as part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and was honored at the Texas Governor’s Volunteer Awards as a “Champion of Education.”

Alumni

Sharon Ponder

High School Teacher/Instructional Leadership Team

Chicago Public Schools

Region: Greater Chicago–Northwest Indiana, '14

Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana alum Sharon Pondner is a veteran teacher who joined TFA in her native Chicago after teaching for 13 years.

Alumni

Tamila Gresham

Senior Managing Director, Black Community Alliances

Teach For America

Region: Connecticut, '09

Tamila Gresham (CT ’09) is the Senior Managing Director, Black Community Alliances for Teach For America.

Alumni

Kayla McClellan

History Teacher

Teach For America Kansas City

Region: Kansas City, '18

While Kayla was working toward her master’s degree at Mississippi State University, she became interested in the K-12 education system and its role in preparing students for higher education. Committed to bringing the skills she learned in graduate school back home to KC, Kayla joined the Kansas City corps in 2018 as a history teacher.

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