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At Teach For America in Tampa Bay, we are committed to expanding educational opportunities for all students in our community. With a steadfast belief in the power of education to transform lives, we are dedicated to cultivating a diverse network of leaders who are working to create a brighter future for Tampa Bay's students.

Through our innovative programs, we recruit, train, and support exceptional individuals to become transformative educators and leaders. These dedicated individuals are placed in schools across the Tampa Bay area, where they inspire, engage, and empower their students.

Over the years, Teach For America in Tampa Bay has witnessed incredible stories of growth and achievement through our alumni educators and leaders. Beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, Teach For America in Tampa Bay will welcome its first cohort of corps member teachers who will join our thriving alumni network in schools and classrooms. 

As we continue to collaborate with local schools and community stakeholders, our impact only grows stronger, paving the way for a brighter future for Tampa Bay's students.

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Where We Work

Where We Work

Welcome to the gem of the Gulf Coast – Tampa Bay, Florida! Nestled along the serene shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay offers a harmonious blend of coastal and city life. Renowned for its diversity, life here is a dynamic fusion of rich heritage and vibrant culture. In fact, Tampa Bay holds the distinction of being ranked among the top 20 Most Diverse Cities in America.

Each neighborhood in Tampa Bay carries its own unique charm and rhythm. From the historic allure of Ybor City and Seminole Heights, to the thriving districts of Downtown Tampa, Hyde Park, Midtown and Channelside, there's an array of experiences to suit every preference.

Whether you're basking in the sun at Clearwater Beach or strolling along the shores of Fort De Soto Park, the coastal lifestyle is always within reach.

Tampa Bay offers a wealth of outdoor adventures for nature enthusiasts. Discover the untamed beauty of the Brooker Creek Preserve, kayak through the serene waterways of the Hillsborough River, or hike the scenic trails of the nearby state parks.

Soak in the sun's warmth, savor the cultural diversity, and embrace the spirit of exploration – this is what the Tampa Bay lifestyle is all about.

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Local Leadership

LaKeisha Wells-Palmer

LaKeisha Wells-Palmer

Executive Director

Teach For America Florida Regions

LaKeisha Wells-Palmer leads Teach For America's efforts as the Statewide Executive Director of Teach For America regions in Florida. With 22 years of experience in education, she serves as a champion for principals, teachers, and students. She has spent the last 11 years at Teach For America, serving as the Executive Director of Jacksonville, Central Florida, and Miami-Dade following five years leading Jacksonville’s programmatic efforts.

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We are extremely grateful for your support. Your generosity has enabled us to build a diverse network of leaders serving our students and working from all angles to ignite the movement for educational equity. Your gifts help to recruit, select, train, and support excellent teachers and leaders for Tampa Bay Area students.