• Hispanics and African Americans make up two-thirds of Houston's population. But just 10% of Houston's Hispanic students and 12% of its African American students will earn a college degree.

  • Teach For America has been placing corps members in Houston since 1991, and our alumni are leading some of the most innovative education initiatives in the country─right here in Houston.

About Houston

For more than 20 years, Teach For America has been a pacesetter for education reform in the city of Houston. The same entrepreneurial spirit that made Houston the world's energy capital is working to increase educational opportunities for all of its students. Since 1991, nearly 3,000 Teach For America corps members have taught in Houston’s lowest-income schools, reaching nearly 200,000 students collectively and becoming some of our city's most prominent education leaders. Together we are building a coalition of Teach For America corps members, alumni, and community leaders that will continue to fundamentally impact Houston’s educational landscape.

Our city has a storied history of innovation in education. During the 1990s, KIPP and YES Prep charter school networks were both founded here by Houston alumni. By 2004, the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the seventh largest school district in the nation, implemented a number of advancements, including a concrete focus on creating a college-bound culture in HISD schools and a performance-based bonus pay system for teachers. While serving as chief human resources officer, Teach For America alumna Ann Best (Houston '96), played a pivotal role in strategically improving the overall talent level of the district's employees, with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching. These reform efforts, led by current Superintendent Terry Grier, led the district to win the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education.

Today, corps members are a part of the nation’s most diverse city. The 2013-2014 corps is the most diverse we have ever seen, with 53% identifying as people of color and 23% coming from graduate or professional backgrounds. Corps members here also find themselves in the company of like-minded educational leaders who share the passion for educating the youth in Houston. The city is currently home to more than 1,190 Teach For America alumni, more than 800 of which are still in the field of education (still teaching, serving as principals, administrators, or school/district leaders).  With 46 alumni school and district leaders, an ever-growing network of alumni in other sectors, and an establishment of several non-profit organizations targeting educational inequity, Teach For America  Houston is living out its mission.




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Executive Director

Luis Elizondo-Thomson
Luis Elizondo-Thomson joined the Teach For America team in 2013 as the Houston Executive Director, leading one of Teach For America’s original regions, and one of the largest in the country.

His previous experience includes five years as an investment banker specializing in infrastructure finance and several years working in local and national politics—including two presidential campaigns. 

Immediately before joining TFA he managed the Parks By You (“PBY”) campaign, the first phase of a public-private partnership to raise $271 million to improve existing parks, build new ones, and elevate Houston to the city with the most hiking and bike trails in the nation.  Proposition B, which appeared on the November 2012 ballot, passed with overwhelming support securing more votes than any other proposition in the history of the city.

Luis holds a B.A. in English from Hobart College and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  Additionally, he is active with several local and national boards and organizations.

Regional Stats

Alumni in region
Percent of Alumni in Education
Alumni School Leaders
Data valid as of: Aug 2014