• Nearly 50 years after landmark civil rights marches throughout the region, deep, entrenched poverty still persists along racial lines.

  • From Birmingham to Selma, corps members are helping to prove that all kids can achieve at high levels, even those living in poverty.

About Alabama

The story of Alabama is a story of triumph. African Americans consistently and continually triumphed in the face of hundreds of years of actual and political violence perpetrated by their own government and their fellow citizens, ultimately reaching a point when their inalienable human rights were protected by the law. We serve in the shadow of these giants, often in the very same communities where their movement began and thrived. The most significant unfinished business from that era is equal access to an excellent education for their actual and spiritual grandchildren. Teach For America's charge is nothing short of ensuring this comes to pass, so that  in 2019, when we begin our third century as member of the Union, the story we are writing is that Alabama became the first state where every child can confidently say they are getting a transformational education.

This was certainly part of the vision that the community members of the Black Belt had when they first sat down at Mustang Oil, a diner in rural Alabama, and decided to work to bring Teach For America to the state. Despite many obstacles, they were able to secure everything necessary to guarantee thirty teachers a place to work in Alabama’s Black Belt beginning in 2010. Since then, the Alabama region has rapidly expanded to 130 total teachers across the Black Belt and in four of our five largest urban areas. Our alumni are already taking on major policy roles statewide, becoming principals, and bringing AP classes, ACT prep, and college-level work and leadership opportunities to their schools, often for the first time. While we have a long way to go to build the movement necessary to see the transformational change our students deserve, we have maintained the grassroots spirit that first brought us here, and we are committed to partnering with our communities, joining their movement, ensuring the lasting impact we have is in empowering, and working with the leaders who have been dedicated to our students for decades.

If education is truly to be our generation's civil rights struggle, we must work where the civil rights leaders we so admire first worked. That place is Alabama and the time is right now.

Connect With Us

5529 1st Avenue South, Suite 3
Birmingham, AL 35212
Tel 205-919-5998

Executive Director

Khadijah Abdullah
Khadijah Abdullah
A Birmingham, AL native and 2006 South Louisiana corps member, Khadijah stepped into the Executive Director role in early 2014.

She most recently led the Alabama region as the Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development before becoming the Executive Director. Khadijah graduated from Ramsay High School in Birmingham, AL and received her Bachelors from Tuskegee University in Psychology and Biology. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from University of Arkansas School of Law and briefly worked for Wal-Mart Corporate in their Real Estate Legal Department. As a 2006 South Louisiana corps member, Khadijah taught high school science for three years. During that time she was named Science Department Chair. In partnering with the faculty and parents in the area the school's science high school graduation passage rate increased from 34% to 80%. That same year she was named Teacher of the Year at her school and went on to compete at the District Level. Between 2007 and 2011 she served in numerous roles with Teach For America during their summer programming, among them - School Director and the Corps Member Advisor Coordinator in Phoenix and the Mississippi Delta Summer Institutes. Khadijah joined the Alabama team in 2012 as the Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development and managed the Alabama program team. She is excited to be leading our charge in Alabama and serving the state and some of the very school systems she attended.

Regional Stats

Data valid as of: Aug 2014