Learn more about Teach For America's work in the South Louisiana region.
Twenty-eight years ago, when Teach For America Founder Wendy Kopp was identifying the areas of our country most significantly impacted by educational inequity, South Louisiana was chosen as a founding region. As a state, Louisiana’s education system was, and still often is, ranked lowest when compared to other states. In response, Teach For America South Louisiana has brought more than 1,000 leaders to serve in classrooms across the region. A number of those leaders continue to play critical roles in changing the narrative for Louisiana’s students.
The past 10 years have shown us that Teach For America leaders are key contributors to the progress Louisiana continues to make in its efforts to shift education for the better. The number of students attending failing or near-failing schools has been reduced by 128,000 across the state, while Louisiana also posted the third highest average ACT composite score of the southern states testing 100 percent of their students. While this progress is meaningful, the work required to affect long-term change will require us to grow the number of leaders joining these efforts. Teach For America leaders are working in partnership with community to affect long-term change as classroom leaders, school leaders, nonprofit leaders, policy makers, and education advocates.
We know that families and students desire an education system that helps children gain access to opportunities through college and career. In response, Teach For America South Louisiana is committed to:
- Providing Teach For America leaders the development and experiences necessary to lead schools that prioritize equitable practices and rigorous instruction.
- Leveraging the knowledge and experiences from schools, leaders, and systems across Teach For America’s vast network to bring proven best practices to our region.
- Growing our network to understand what role classroom leaders, school leaders, nonprofit leaders, policy makers, and education advocates play in leading change across schools and systems.
Alumni in the Area
South Louisiana '07
Teach For America South Louisiana
Laura Vinsant is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She was drawn to Teach For America’s mission after working first-hand with elementary students as a tutor. Laura began her career with Teach For America as a 2007 South Louisiana corps member, teaching second and third grade in Baton Rouge.
Regional Board Leadership
Partner, Adams & Reese, LLP
H.N. "Hank" Saurage IV
Partner & Managing Broker, Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate
Vice President - Corporate Engineering, Albemarle Corporation
Authorized Franchise Owner, Jani-King of Baton Rouge
Teach For America South Louisiana Board Chair
Senior Vice President, SGS Petroleum Service Corporation
Community Affairs Liaison, LSU Office of Community-University Partnerships
Managing Partner, Jackson-Bell Law Firm
President, The Wurtele Foundation/Civic Leader
President and CEO, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Manufacturing Support Manager, Exxon Mobil Chemical
President and CEO, Entergy Louisiana, LLC
Thomas J. Adamek
President, Stonehenge Capital Company, LLC
Dr. Michael Rolfsen
Internal Medicine, The Baton Rouge Clinic
Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs
President, St. Elizabeth Hospital
South Louisiana Area President, Regions Bank