Since 1990, Teach For America New York has worked hand in hand with partners throughout our city to create opportunities for children in our most underserved communities.
Teach For America New York recruits, trains, and supports a growing movement of leaders dedicated to expanding educational opportunity for students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Alongside the communities they serve, New York alumni and corps members have played an integral role in supporting the academic gains and educational progress New York has made since 1990.
Making Progress in New York
New York City has made significant progress in education. Over the past decade, we have seen record-level high school graduation rates, as well as gains in college and career readiness among New York City students. New York City’s promise of universal pre-kindergarten has resulted in an increase in the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K from 20,000 in 2014 to more than 70,000 in 2017, setting future generations up with a strong foundation in their early education.
Teach For America New York’s 6,000 corps members and alumni are among the countless educators, activists, parents, and community leaders who have pushed to raise the bar for educational excellence in our city since 1990. And we remain committed to supporting the work of making educational equity a reality in New York.
Addressing New York Student Needs
Teach For America New York is placing teachers with diverse talents in vital but difficult-to-staff areas, including special education, STEM, and early childhood education.
- 38% NY corps members are licensed in special education, often going on to lead as Special Education Coordinators in their schools. 20% NYC public school students have special needs, significantly higher than the national average of 13%.
- 28% NY corps members are teaching a STEM subject, a vital field of innovation in NYC, and one where individuals from low-income communities are vastly underrepresented.
- 51 Early Childhood Educator cohort members are addressing NYC’s large demand for licensed teachers in full-day pre-K as part of the city’s Universal Pre-K Initiative.
Fostering Educational Excellence in New York Schools
Teach For America New York partners with excellent schools throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx to serve more than 160,000 New York City students. Of our nearly 500 New York corps members, 54% teach in district schools, while 10% teach in community-based organizations.
Schools to Learn From
A number of Teach For America New York partner schools have been selected for Teach For America's Schools to Learn From program for providing an excellent education to their students. These schools serve as "learning laboratories" on pedagogical best practices and vision for other educators across the nation. Past New York selected schools in the Schools to Learn From program include:
Mott Haven Academy Charter School -- Bronx, NY
Mott Haven Academy Charter School empowers children in a supportive educational environment that addresses and reduces the barriers to academic success through integration of family support services with a rigorous, college-preparatory academic program. The school's graduates will be resilient, resourceful, independent scholars who have the skills necessary to reach their full potential and to build a better future.
School Leader: Jessica Nauiokas (D.C. Region '97)
Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy -- Bronx, NY
Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy began with a promise to scholars and families in NYC School District 12 and the larger Bronx community to remove all barriers and stop at nothing until all scholars are prepared for college, career, and life. That promise continues to drive Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy today.
School Leader: Alix Duggins (Mississippi Delta '10)
KIPP Infinity Middle School -- New York, NY
KIPP Infinity Middle School strives to create a holistic and joyful educational experience through rigorous academics, meaningful character development, eye-opening extracurricular and outside opportunities, and deep, authentic relationships with every single little KIPPsters in the building.
School Leader: Allison Willis Holley (New York City '04)
Department of Education's Showcase Schools
In the past five years, 6 alumni-led schools in New York City were recognized by the Department of Education’s Showcase Schools program, with two out of the six being selected as Showcase Schools over multiple years of the program.
The High Bridge Green School
The Highbridge Green School is a community school that cares for each students’ academic, emotional, and physical well-being. By providing students with a strong academic foundation, relevant learning experiences, and a safe and loving environment, The Highbridge Green School will empower them to have and make successful choices in high school, college, careers, and beyond.
School Leader: Kyle Brillante (New York '07)
School of the Future High School
School of the Future is a small, innovative public sixth through twelfth grade school within District Two. We are located in the Gramercy Park neighborhood at Twenty-Second Street and Lexington Avenue. School of the Future is recognized for its academically rigorous environment with a student population of seven hundred ranging from sixth through twelfth grade and a staff of forty teachers. Both the staff and the student population of School of the Future reflect the diversity of New York City.
School Leader: Stacy Goldstein (Bay Area '97)
Teach For America New York alumni and corps members are lifelong leaders in all fields that shape the lives of students, families, and communities in New York. Teach For America is the country’s most diverse source of educators, and most representative of students attending public schools. Our 2019 New York corps members are:
People of color
From a low-income background
First-generation college graduates
Native New Yorkers
More than 1,500 alumni in New York continue to teach, and many have continued on to make their impact as school leaders, including principals, assistant principals, and deans. New York alumni also lead outside the classroom, as policy and advocacy leaders, social entrepreneurs, and elected officials, all driven to create opportunity for all children in the city.
System leaders, principals, assistant principals, deans, and directors
Policy, advocacy, and organizing leaders
Creating Lasting Change Through Alumni Leadership
Teach For America New York alumni are inspiring the next generation of student leaders to use their voices and experiences to create lasting change in the educational system and beyond.
Chicago-Northwest Indiana '10
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Adrian (Chicago ‘10) is a TFA NY Junior Board Recruitment & Membership Chair and co-founder of The Bell, a non-profit devoted to elevating student voices in the education conversation.
New York '12
Taylor (New York '12) taught for five years in Harlem and Brooklyn before leaving the classroom to co-found The Bell. Taylor serves as an advisor to Teens Take Charge, a student-led movement for educational equity that draws members from across New York City and provides platforms for students to meet directly with education policymakers to address the most critical issues facing our public schools.
New York '96
Executive Director, Early Childhood
Xanthe is the Executive Director of Early Childhood for the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE).
Teach For America New York in the News:
Teach For America New York’s impact has been recognized in a number of local and national media publications, including:
Morris Heights School Gets Washer and Dryer for Needy Students
News 12 Brooklyn
May 17, 2019
‘A Child is Not a Revolving Door’
The Hechinger Report
November 24, 2018
This Leader Has Made a Career of Fighting for Equitable Education