Join a tight-knit, supportive, and growing community of 1,100 Baltimore alumni and corps members who are having an impact on our local schools at every level.
Teach For America has been part of the Baltimore community, working with students, families, other educators, and community leaders, for 25 years.
Today corps members and alumni are teaching over a third of Baltimore’s students, like Meghan Riordan, who “fell in love” with teaching the moment she stepped into her classroom. You will work with incredible students who we know are the next generation of Baltimore leaders. You’ll find a network of 26 alumni principals and assistant principals, like Najib Jammal, recognized for his leadership with a Heart of the School Award, and Joe Manko, named one of “Nine People Who Will Shape Education in the Next Ten Years” by Education Week.
You’ll be inspired by innovative alumni who have created organizations and startups that are making a real difference in the lives of students every day: Tyler Mains, a recent medical school graduate and founder of MERIT, is helping students prepare for medical careers so they can contribute to better healthcare in their own neighborhoods; and Jess Gartner was recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for her work as CEO and founder of Allovue, helping education administrators connect spending to student outcomes.
Whether you choose to stay in the classroom, work towards school leadership, or impact educational equity from public office, nonprofit leadership, technology, or any other sector, we have marked our first quarter century in Baltimore by charting a bold path forward focused on making sure you have the resources and support you need to lead and be part of this collective work. And while there is still work to be done, we know that with your leadership, we can see real change happen in our city and realize a day when every student in Baltimore has access to a great education, through which the can achieve, are affirmed, and become advocates for a just future.
Baltimore City students will not graduate high school.
Baltimore City students graduate college in six years.
Maureen and James A.C. Kennedy
Maureen and James A.C. Kennedy have been longtime advocates, supporters, and friends of Teach For America Baltimore because of their deep belief that strong leaders are the key to transforming education. This year, through their generosity, the Kennedy Leadership Awards were established to celebrate alumni leaders who are having a profound impact with students and communities.
Founded by three TFA Baltimore alumni, Tyler Mains, Mark Wilcox, and Shyam Gadwal, MERIT (Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens) equips students from low-income communities them with skills they need to become health care providers, and ultimately invest them in becoming positive change agents who will ensure all communities have access to high-quality health-care.