Since 2009, Teach For America has worked alongside our partners in Greater Tulsa to create opportunities for all kids in our city.
If you were to visit our region, you might hear one of our nearly 165 corps members say "We are greater together." But this isn't just a tagline. It is our deep belief in what is possible for kids when you build strong coalitions across lines of difference that has defined our work. Over the past nine years, Teach For America has built a leadership pipeline of over 450 changemakers working to move the needle in Greater Tulsa's educational landscape.
Greater Tulsa has made considerable progress in the last decade by doubling the number of schooling options available for parents and families since 2008. Many of these new schooling options were founded by Teach For America alumni. In the last three years, suspension rates at our largest district partner, Tulsa Public Schools, decreased 26 percent and over 10 percent more students are graduating from high school in 2018. But there is still work to be done. Just 36 percent of third grade students are proficient or advanced in reading. And 50 percent of students living in poverty in Oklahoma will not graduate from high school.
Our state and city needs leaders who believe in justice, who recognize the systemic effects of poverty and racism, and who want to do something about it. We need a diverse coalition of leaders fueling progress for our kids.
Alumni that live in the area
People on the teacher force (corps members and alumni)
“In Tulsa, everyone’s accessible—if you have a vision, you can find people to support it.”
Greater Tulsa '09
Teach For America Greater Tulsa
Leslie Daugherty is a proud Oklahoma native, investing her life in the potential and progress of her community. Her career focused in human resources before she joined TFA in Tulsa as a charter corps member in 2009 and then the Oklahoma regional staff in 2011.