• Indianapolis has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country, and in some high schools less than 25% of students pass the statewide achievement exam.

  • Hundreds of Teach For America alumni work in Indianapolis as teachers, principals, and policy and advocacy leaders. Together with the community, they're reshaping the education landscape in the city.

About Indianapolis

With an unprecedented alignment of state, municipal, and school efforts to create city-wide change, the educational outlook in Indianapolis at this moment is one of great hope.

In 2011, the Indiana state legislature passed one of the most comprehensive packages of education legislation in the country’s history – creating a climate contusive for innovation at the school and district level.

At the city level, Teach For America alumnus Jason Kloth (Rio Grande Valley Corps '03) was name the first deputy mayor of education in 2012.

Innovative schools like KIPP Indy College Prep, Harshman Magnet Middle School, and the Challenge Foundation Academy, all of which have many staff members that are Teach For America alumni and corps members and are quickly becoming some of the highest-performing schools in the city. More than 10% of public schools in Marion County are led by Teach For America alumni.

And in the community, there are a wide range of organizations that are mobilizing parents, teachers, civic leaders, nonprofits, corporations, and foundations around a shared vision for change.

Indianapolis is deeply committed to expanding quality educational options for students at every level.

Connect With Us

Teach For America- Indianapolis
c/o Christel House Academy DORS
55 North Tibbs Avenue, IN 46222
Tel (317) 632-4218
Fax (317) 632-4584

Executive Director

Rebecca Thompson Boyle
Rebecca Thompson Boyle, Executive Director: Teach for America – Indianapolis.

A native Hoosier and University of Notre Dame alumna (’00), Rebecca started her career as a management consultant for the firms of Arthur Andersen and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.  She then worked for 3 years as a senior analyst in the asset management group at Goldman Sachs before obtaining her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2008.  She joined Teach for America staff immediately after graduation as a Managing Director on the national finance team, managing a team that worked with regions nationwide on fiscal responsibilities such as budgeting, forecast management, and financial modeling.  In 2012, Rebecca accepted a national Chief of Staff position where she helped a portfolio of seven regions with their strategic planning, talent development, and operations initiatives.

Rebecca realized early the value of hard work and perseverance, and cherishes the diversity and opportunities that South Bend public schools provided.  As a first-generation college graduate, the importance of education was consistently underscored and now drives her professional work. Working alongside her incredible staff, corps members, alumni, and devoted community partners, Rebecca knows we can make high-quality public education a reality. She believes all children in Indianapolis should be given opportunities to reach their fullest potential and one day become the leaders of our great city.

Regional Stats

2008
Year TFA Arrived
50
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
170
TOTAL CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
350
Alumni in Region
68%
Percent of Alumni in Education
12
Alumni School Leaders
Data valid as of: Aug 2014