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Teach For America Alumna Wins 2015 GLSEN Educator of the Year
Teach For America alumna Desiree Raught (D.C. Region '07) has been named 2015 Educator of the Year by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for her outstanding work in creating an inclusive learning environment for all her students—especially LGBTQ youth—to excel.
As part of the District of Columbia Public Schools' LGBT Steering Committee, Raught is part of a team consisting of administrators and community leaders that devised a plan to ensure that LGBTQ students, teachers, and staff in the district feel safe and valued at their school sites. Recently, the district has put forth a DCPS Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Policy Guideline—the first of its kind.
Currently the Director of Curriculum and Assessment at One World Education, her 10th- and 12th-grade students' test scores have frequently outperformed the district, as they have achieved significant gains on the AP Exams and other teacher-created assessments. Raught also sponsors the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at her school in addition to her role as an LGBT liaison for the district.
Watch her acceptance speech at the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards below.