No matter your career or your passion, you too can make your mark as a leader in Massachusetts, one of the most dynamic and exciting places to work towards educational equity.
Launched in 2009 with 50 corps members, Teach For America Massachusetts is now one of the largest regions in the network, with over 250 corps members teaching statewide and over 2,200 alumni—including many who are themselves from our partner communities. It’s hard to navigate the education space here without bumping into someone with a Teach For America connection.
Our alumni base includes leaders throughout the K-12 education space, including veteran educators and principals, superintendents and district-level leaders, and state education officials. Our local alumni educators have founded cutting-edge schools such as ENLACE at Lawrence High School, and share their voice as advocates in many venues, including the White House. Alum Jeff Riley (Baltimore ’93) led a ground-breaking district-level turnaround in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that could be a model for sustained, systemic change in a traditional school district…and now leverages that perspective as the state’s Commissioner of Education. To support the work of schools, alumni entrepreneurs like Sarah Cherry Rice (Greater Philadelphia ’05) are bringing innovation and fresh ideas to help re-think the way we approach looming challenges.
Beyond the education sector, alumni like physician Avik Chatterjee (New Jersey ’02) provide much-needed health care to deeply underserved communities, while others like Shenkiat Lim (Mississippi Delta ’00) leverage their passion and MBA to deepen the impact of community-focused organizations like City Year.
Alumni Living in the Area
School and School System Leaders
“"I currently teach in the community I was raised in and I find that sharing a similar background as my students makes relationship building easier, and 'get back in the game' conversations more effective. Homegrown teachers of color also serve as strong role models. We are proof that our students can also overcome adversity."”
Teach For America Massachusetts
Josh Biber joined Teach For America as a 2004 Phoenix corps member where he taught 5th grade at Laveen Elementary School. In 2008, Josh took on the challenge of establishing the Massachusetts region—first, as director of new site development, then as founding executive director.