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New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment. The state is known for its desert landscapes, snow-capped mountains, annual International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Green Chile, and art scene. Much of New Mexico is rural with lots of wide, open space: Its most populous cities are Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Popular tourist destinations include Santa Fe and Taos.
There are 23 Native American tribes whose sovereign territories are located in New Mexico: 19 Pueblos - Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zuni and Zi - three Apache Tribes - Fort Sill, Jicarilla and Mescalero - and the Navajo Nation.
New Mexico’s educational outcomes tend to lag far below national averages. According to the 2021 Annie E Casey Foundation Kids Count Report:
New Mexico's ranking in education
New Mexico's graduation rate—the second-lowest in the United States
8th grade students proficient in math
4th grade students proficient in reading
“TFA goes above and beyond to empower the academic excellence of students. It is clear their teachers work far beyond a six-hour school day to ensure they are having a transformational impact. This is a community-led organization that believes in strengthening the sovereignty of the Navajo Nation.”
We have placed teachers on the Navajo Nation since 2001 and the Pueblo of Zuni since 2003. Today, we are proud to have support from our tribal communities, including many Navajo Nation chapters and the Governor of the Pueblo of Zuni.
Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
Since 2016, Teach For America has partnered with the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium to recruit Dine’ teachers.
Our Regional Partners
We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.
University of New Mexico
Santa Fe Community College
We also partner, on a limited basis, with other higher education institutions.
Albuquerque Collegiate Charter School
Altura Preparatory School
Central Consolidated School District
Dził Ditł'ooí School of Empowerment, Action and Perseverance
Española Public Schools
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Native American Community Academy
Six Directions Indigenous School
Turquoise Trail Charter School