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Teach For America Greater Delta Mississippi Arkansas

Be the leader our classrooms need. Learn more here about living and teaching in the Greater Delta.

A 700-strong network of staff, corps members, and alumni are working to close the achievement gap from all sectors in the state. In order to reach One Day in the Greater Delta and expand opportunity for all students, our network must have opportunities to grow and develop themselves as leaders and truly excellent educators.

The birthplace of American music, a major arena in the Civil Rights Movement, and the home of many of our nation’s most prolific voices and creative minds—including Richard Wright, William Faulkner, BB King, Tennessee Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Henson, Eudora Welty, and Morgan Freeman—Mississippi and its residents have long been recognized for their contributions to American society. Yet the state’s own culture is a complicated one. The introduction of mechanized farming and the effects of globalization, combined with the residue of a racially segregated past, have forced many people to leave the state to find employment elsewhere and have made Mississippi, and its Delta region in particular, a largely forgotten national treasure.

Herein lies our great opportunity, and there is light in the distance on this broad and storied horizon. Like these integral figures of Mississippi—and national cultural history—our corps members are varied in their strengths, and our alumni are making great strides in a multitude of fields, as authors, musicians, innovators, business owners, and legal minds.

The success of our corps members and alumni are an integral part of the regional priorities, as we push to make Mississippi and Arkansas a destination region for ourselves and our kids. We work in concert to win in the classroom, build an expansive and recursive network, and illuminate the brilliance of students.

200

Corps Members

500

Alumni in Region

30

School and School System Leaders

1991

Partnerships Established

“There's something special about Little Rock and its people. I've never experienced such a combination of opportunity and intimacy. What better place to challenge yourself and grow than a community committed to doing the same?”

Kelly Shi

2016

Barbara Logan Smith

Executive Director

Teach For America Greater Delta

Barbara began her career in education as a teacher and administrator with Milwaukee Public Schools, and over two decades has developed the leadership capacity of students, parents, educators, administrators, and business executives.

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