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Teach For America Indianapolis

Through an empowering education, we envision the day when all Indianapolis children will lead lives of their choosing and contribute to a more vibrant and just city.

In 2008, Teach For America Indianapolis recruited its first group of 45 promising leaders from across our nation to teach in the city’s low-income neighborhoods. Today, our 140+ corps members fill critical needs in 50 Indianapolis schools through effective beginning teaching in pre-K through 12th grade classrooms. Through this journey, we develop within our members the foundational skills they need to become resilient and impactful leaders both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Today, we have a member base totaling more than 700. This includes 200 new and seasoned Teach For America teachers as well as many leaders in schools and every sector and field that shapes Indianapolis education working collectively to realize educational equity and excellence in our community. A growing share of incoming members—38 percent this year—identify as people of color. We also collaborate with key community partners on programming for corps members’ effective teaching and on areas of need in Indianapolis education.

Through an empowering education, we envision the day when all Indianapolis children will lead lives of their choosing and contribute to a more vibrant and just city.

140

Corps members

580

Alumni

60

School and school system leaders

120

Leaders in non-education sectors

“TFA-Indy has done so much for me as an individual and as a professional. I have come a long way from sitting on the curb in Phoenix, Arizona crying my eyes out during Institute. With support, I got through the tough times, and now I am a leader within my school, confident in my abilities to work with other educators and make change happen in Indianapolis.”

Shannon Goings Brown

Curriculum Resource Teacher, Emmerich Manual High School

Indianapolis Corps Member 2012

Amar Patel

Chicago-Northwest Indiana '07

Executive Director

Teach For America Indianapolis

A native Hoosier, Amar Patel started his career in education as a Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana 2007 corps member. He taught high school chemistry, biology, and coached baseball at Wells Academy High School in Chicago. For the past seven years, he has served as a member of the TFA Chicago-Northwest Indiana development team, including Head of Development for five years.

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