More than three-fourths of Miami-Dade corps members share the background of their students, giving them unique insight into the challenges our students face.
Miami–Dade is a warm and vibrant community, thriving with diversity, culture, innovation, and opportunity. However, access to opportunity is disproportionately skewed between zip codes, due to vast economic disparity across Miami’s neighborhoods. Teach For America Miami-Dade is proud to be a partner in the work to provide every student in Miami the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
We first partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) in 2003, responding to community members across Miami who came together to demand equal access to excellent education for every student. Fifteen years later, 1,430 teachers have served over 200,000 students in Miami. This year, 169 corps members are teaching in Miami-Dade’s highest need schools, reaching nearly 11,000 students. More than 591 local alumni are working across a range of fields in our city to address the root causes of educational inequity.
Teach For America Miami-Dade is led by Executive Director Samantha Hoare, a Miami native and graduate of M-DCPS. Our regional staff and teachers are a diverse mix of native Miami residents and others who passionately call Miami their new home. Our incredible community is full of individuals who feel a great responsibility to the work and investment that is necessary to make educational equity possible in our city and across the nation. It is this commitment to our future that binds us as one network and transcends the socio-economic differences across our neighborhoods.
Over the past fifteen years, Teach For America corps members’ commitment to the classroom has helped thousands of students experience measurable academic growth. We’ve seen hundreds of new, committed educators make Miami their home and heard school leaders express how they would like to work with even more Teach For America educators.This year, for the first time in history, M-DCPS earned its first "A" district rating and celebrated no "F" schools. We are proud of these accomplishments and we know we have more work to do as we partner to improve outcomes for every student.