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 came to Miami-Dade in 2003, responding to community members across Miami who came together to demand equal access to excellent education for every student. Nearly two decades later, 1,550 teachers have served over 250,000 students across Miami. This year, more than 600 corps members and alumni are teaching and leading in Miami-Dade’s highest need schools. They've reached more than 20,000 students. More than 700 local alumni are working across a range of fields in our city to address the root causes of educational inequity.
LaKeisha Wells-Palmer serves as the Executive Director of Teach For America Miami-Dade. With 20 years of experience in education serving as a champion for principals, teachers, and students, she has spent the last nine years at Teach For America serving as the Executive Director of Jacksonville and Central Florida, following five years leading Jacksonville’s programmatic efforts. 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 nineteen years, the commitment of our corps members and alumni and their unwavering belief in knowing that One Day is possible, has helped thousands of students experience measurable academic growth. We’ve seen hundreds of new, committed educators make Miami their home and heard school and district leaders express how they would like to work with even more Teach For America educators. We are proud of what we have accomplished so far in Miami-Dade’s schools, and we know we have more work to do as we partner with our community to improve outcomes for every student.