Since 2015, Teach For America has worked alongside our partners in Idaho to create opportunities for kids in our most underserved communities.
Established in 2015, the Idaho region is one of Teach For America’s youngest regions. Our inaugural 2015 corps was made up of 13 members placed within three communities. They joined a community of about 25 alumni who had completed the corps experience in other Teach For America regions and then moved to Idaho.
Today, our growing network includes over 40 corps members teaching 3,000 students in seven different communities within the Treasure Valley. Since our founding, they have consistently met or exceeded our expectations of leading students to 80 percent content mastery of key learning objectives each year. Our alumni network has expanded to over 60 local leaders who continue advocating for Idaho students from within and outside the classroom.
While we are extremely proud of the progress made during our first three years, a lot more must be done to solve inequity in Idaho’s public education system. Transformational change will require a powerful army made up of not only excellent teachers and school leaders, but also business leaders, policy makers, parents, philanthropists, community leaders, and more. To grow this army over the next three years, we plan to double the number of incoming teachers and implement new strategies to engage our alumni so they stay in Idaho and continue working towards change.
Regional Staff & Board Leadership
Lindsey Holman, Manager, Program Strategy & Operations
Lindsey joined the Idaho team in 2017. In her role, she recruits and onboards incoming corps members, handles the logistics for events, manages internal communication, and helps ensure Teach For America Idaho is in compliance with state and national requirements.
Levi Mogg, Managing Director, Program
Levi Mogg was a founding staff member in 2015 when Teach For America Idaho launched. In his current role, he works alongside the amazing Teacher Leadership Development (TLD) team to support teacher training, leadership development, and community building for new recruits, corps members, and alumni.
Tracy Sedano, Manager, Teacher Leadership Development
Tracy joined the Idaho team in 2016. In her role, she coaches a cohort of corps members serving as teacher leaders across the Treasure Valley. She spends most of her time in the field in corps member’s classrooms, coaching teachers towards making significant academic and personal growth with their students, and fostering long-term systems change leaders.
Debbie Sellers, Associate, Executive Director and Team Operations
Debbie joined the Idaho team in 2017 and oversees the management of the office, budgeting, and finances. She's the buyer for the Idaho Region, and assists the executive director in his role.
Sophie Stokes, Manager, Teacher Leadership Development
Sophie joined the Idaho team in 2017. In her role, she coaches a cohort of corps members serving as teacher leaders across the Treasure Valley. She spends most of her time in the field in corps member’s classrooms, coaching teachers towards making significant academic and personal growth with their students, and fostering long-term systems change leaders.
Lauren Tassos, Managing Director, Development & Community Relations
Lauren joined the Idaho team in 2016. In her position, she is strategically building a diverse funding base capable of supporting and sustaining Teach For America Idaho’s transforming impact in low-income classrooms. She also manages external communication and marketing.
Marisa Wong Byrnes, Manager, Development & Alumni Relations
Marisa joined the Idaho team in 2018. She is responsible for working with the Teach For America Idaho Alumni Association board in developing a vision for the growing alumni movement in Idaho. She also supports our fundraising and communications efforts.
Honorable Judge Sergio Guiterrez
Judge, Idaho Court of Appeals
Chief Operating Officer, Summit Solutions
CEO, Founding Partner, Davies Moore
Director, Idaho Voices for Children, Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy
Executive Director, J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation
Co-Founder, Elevate Academy
Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation
Becca Alamilla (Idaho ’15)
Third Grade Teacher, Future Public School
Marisa Byrnes (Eastern North Carolina ’13)
Manager, Development & Alumni, Teach For America Idaho
Patrick Connor (D.C. Region ’07)
Director, Real Estate Development, Building Hope
Amanda Cox (Eastern North Carolina ’07)
Co-Founder, Future Public School
Justin Frost (Idaho '16)
Science Teacher, Caldwell High School
Carly Manhart (Idaho ’15)
Business Technology Teacher, Lakeside Middle High School
Shannon McDowell (Idaho ’15)
Science Teacher, Caldwell High School
Kurt Kargou (Houston '13)
Idaho School Finance Fellow, Bluum
Duncan Robb (Houston ’09)
Former Chief Policy Advisor, Idaho State Department of Education