Too many students fall behind academically too quickly in Mississippi, often two grade levels behind by third grade. By high school, this translates into ACT scores that fall below the national average and only 11 percent of graduates ready for college.
Despite these challenges, we believe hardworking, transformative classroom, school, policy, and community leaders can improve the educational outcomes for students across our state.
Barbara Logan Smith is a graduate of Lakeland College and holds her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She began her career in education as a teacher and administrator with Milwaukee Public Schools, and over two decades has developed the leadership capacity of students, parents, educators, administrators, and business executives. Before joining Teach For America she served as vice president of the Efficacy Institute, a national nonprofit focused on increasing academic achievement and character strength for all students. Logan Smith, who formally begins the executive director role in January, is completing a PhD in Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University, and lives with her husband, Christopher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Deputy Executive Director
Ron Nurnberg became the executive director of Teach For America’s Delta region in 1996 and led the expansion of the Delta corps from 32 teachers then to more than 550 across Arkansas and Mississippi. Now, as deputy executive director of the Mississippi region, Ron continues to build state-wide relationships that ensure those who have the most power, influence, and resources understand and champion the potential of our students and communities.
Prior to joining Teach For America’s staff, Ron completed a master's degree in Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, and Oxford remains his home. Prior to TFA, Ron successfully grew and sold a pub and restaurant business in St. Louis, coordinated and led cultural non-profits in Vicksburg, Miss., and Helena, Ark., and served as assistant director of Central College's American Program at Trinity College in Carmarthen, Wales.