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Be part of our diverse community of alumni leading the way in innovation and impact for kids in Memphis.

Our Alumni Network

Our alumni in Memphis are a force of leaders at every level—from classrooms to school systems, civic and cultural advocates, and social innovators. Their diverse backgrounds and leadership experiences are unified by the singular vision that all children deserve no less than an exceptional teacher and educational experience. 

647

Alumni working in Memphis

83%

Alumni working in education

382

Alumni working as teachers

46

Alumni working as school leaders (principals, assistant principals, deans)

Meet Some Alums in the TFA Memphis Network

Mahal Burr, Memphis '12, Diversity Pipeline Coordinator at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law

Mahal Burr is a native Memphian and former teacher who saw the school to prison pipeline first-hand. Mahal has been leading a groundbreaking initiative with the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law’s Diversity Pipelining efforts to build a new pipeline in Memphis from juvenile detention center to leadership opportunities. Her work is paramount in helping youth receive full scholarships to pre-law summer programs and Youth Leadership Opportunities like Bridge Builders as well as employment and paid internship opportunities around the city. With the support of funding, resources and public awareness, her hope is to be able to exponentially grow the number of youth they are able to place in opportunities and bring to the table around making our community better.

 

Archie Moss, Jr., Charlotte Piedmont Triad '11, Principal at Bruce Elementary School

As Shelby County Schools' youngest principal, Archie Moss, Jr. has been praised for his innovation and passion for students. While in residence at a middle school in Memphis, Archie founded The Gentleman’s League, an organization charged with mentoring and supporting at-risk boys, modeled after a program he participated in as a student in Miami. In his tenure as principal, Archie founded Shelby County’s first elementary school basketball league and was recognized for reading bedtime stories to his students through Facebook Live. Archie has received numerous awards including the SPARK Award for Educational Leadership, delivered a talk at TEDx Memphis, and has been covered by local and national media, including the Ellen Show.

 

Jack Relinger, Memphis '07, Co-Founder of Positive Physics

Jack taught physics in Memphis for over a decade at Kingbsury High School, Treadwell Middle School, and The Soulsville Charter School. After realizing that traditional physics-teaching materials were not reaching his students, he built PositivePhyics out of his classroom. The site has grown to reach 30,000 students in over 100 countries around the world. Jack was the 2015 Tennessee Charter School Teacher of the Year, winner of the 2018 Teach For America Memphis Barbara Hyde Alumni Award, and a 2020 Teach for America Social Innovation Award Finalist. Jack is currently completing an MBA at the University of Oxford on a social entrepreneurship scholarship.

 

Britney Thornton, Memphis '14, Founder of JUICE Orange Mound

Britney Thornton was raised in Orange Mound, America’s first community built by and for African Americans. Britney left Memphis to receive her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but returned to her hometown as part of the Memphis corps. In 2016, Thornton founded JUICE Orange Mound with an idea to lead spare change drives and then put the money back into the community. Since then JUICE has invested thousands of dollars toward efforts like a neighborhood garden and a community baby shower. JUICE has become a nexus for neighbors to build relationships and connections. Recently, JUICE began focusing on economic engagement, starting with the launch of a neighborhood small-business incubator.

Regional Alumni Programing

Each year Teach For America Memphis offers a variety of leadership development opportunities for local alumni. Below are some of the available options. 

Regional Awards & Fellowships

 Annual Celebrations

Teach For America Memphis also provides several opportunities to come together as an alumni community to celebrate our collective accomplishments and the progress made toward educational equity in our city. 

  • Winter Celebration - The winter celebration is a chance for alumni, corps members, and staff members to celebrate the end of the calendar year before winter break. You can expect to dance the night away while having fun and enjoying great company! The Winter Celebration takes place in December. 
  • Alumni Brunch - At our annual alumni brunch, or Grits & GRIND, we come together to celebrate the impact of Teach For America alumni across Memphis and recognize alumni marking milestone years in this work. The event is also when we announce the winner of the Barbara Rosser Hyde Alumni Leadership Award. The alumni brunch takes place in spring.
  • End of Year Celebration - At the end of year celebration, we convene the Teach For America community of alumni, corps members, staff members and families to celebrate the end of the school year and induction corps members completing their corps commitments to alumnihood. The End of Year Celebration takes place in April. 

Note: Given risk of gathering large groups due to the outbreak of COVID-19, timelines and celebrations are subject to change. 

Connect with Fellow Alumni

Teach For America Memphis knows that much of our impact comes from strong connections made within our alumni community. To that end, we offer many opportunities for alumni to connect - whether it is to plan their next career move, share resources and opportunities, or connect over shared identity.

  • TFA Connect Beta - Connect with alumni from across the TFA network on Teach For America’s career and connections site. Find opportunities, build local and national relationships, and meet future employers and colleagues.
  • Teach For America Memphis Alumni Facebook Group - A space for alumni in Memphis to come together and share ideas, opportunities, and resources.

Connect with Our Team

The Teach For America Memphis alumni leadership team plays a critical role to cultivate and activate the leadership of alumni in order to ensure equity of opportunity for students in Memphis.  We support alumni to develop their personal, professional and collective leadership in the areas that they believe are most critical.

The TFA Memphis Team

Ramon Williams Headshot

Managing Director, Alumni Leadership

Ramon Williams

Memphis

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Contact Ramon if you would like to connect about our alumni leadership programming and learning opportunities.

Josalynne Love Headshot

Director, Alumni Engagement

Josalynne Love

Memphis

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Contact Josalynne if you want to stay connected with everything happening for alumni in Memphis.

Stephenie Johnson

Director, Licensure & Placement

Stephenie Johnson

South Louisiana

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Contact Stephenie if you have questions about your Tennessee teaching license.

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