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Teach For America is at the vanguard of seismic shifts in educational outcomes and progress in the Rio Grande Valley.

In the last 10 years, the Rio Grande Valley has seen some dramatic changes in its growth and population. Additionally, we have experienced the following educational increases:

  • Graduation rates from 73 to 91 percent
  • AP/Dual Credit Completion from 23.8 to 43 percent
  • College Readiness from 22 to 32 percent 
  • Enrollment into higher education after high school from 49 to 56 percent

Driving this change has been bold leadership, school systems leaders from PK-12, institutions of higher education and the workforce collaborating to create systems, and public-private partnerships and coordinated philanthropy. As a result, there has been a collective and consistent call for better educational outcomes for all children in preparation for the 21st century demands our students face.

Over the course of 27 years, Teach For America Rio Grande Valley has been a trailblazer in building a formidable leadership pipeline and network that has been a strong driver in this progress at the system, school, and classroom leadership level. Look across the Rio Grande Valley, and you will see the footprint our corps members and alumni continue to make in our community. In spite of this progress, we know there is so much more to be done in order to ensure today’s students are the leaders our community needs in the future.


Corps Members



“I feel like I am adopted into a culture that wasn't my own to start with but I have grown to feel a part of this amazing place.”

Ivy Stejskal

Teacher, IDEA College Prep Pharr

Rio Grande Valley Corps Member 2015

Alumni Affairs

Yareli Iglecias
Chair, Regional Alumni Board

Jon Stevens
Senior Managing Director, Development and Strategy