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Students & Communities

Free to Ride in Memphis, Tennessee

by Leah Fabel

February 27, 2019

Athena Palmer

Executive Director

Teach For America Memphis

Memphis, '06

Athena Palmer is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and taught high school ecology, anatomy, physiology, and chemistry at Kingsbury High School as a 2006 charter corps member in Memphis.


Sourjya Rudra

Business Planning Consultant

Akili Inc.

Memphis, '15

Sourjya's career took an unexpected detour when he joined the corps.  As a consultant, he brings his classroom leadership experience to the corporate world.

Corps Member

Brennan Steele

Accelerate Fellowship Participant

Memphis, '18

During Accelerate, I became very in tune with the importance of place when it comes to educational equity work. When entering a community that you are not familiar with, it is extremely important to understand the way in which social, political, and economic systems work.


Mac Woods

Education Attorney

Osborn Maledon, P.A.

Memphis, '09

Mac Woods always dreamed of being an education lawyer. His experience as a middle school teacher in Memphis confirmed his belief that all students deserve equal opportunities and gave him the hands-on experience he needed to fight for it as a lawyer.

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