• Over the last 10 years, St. Louis has lost 30,000 city residents. Many of these are young families who leave the city searching for better educational opportunities elsewhere.

     

  • Corps members and alumni are laying the groundwork for the city to live up to its potential by creating excellent educational opportunities for all kids, regardless of zip code.

About St. Louis

St. Louis is home to some of the country’s best free, public institutions including the world-renowned St. Louis Art Museum, a nationally-recognized science center, the Missouri History Museum, one of the country’s best known zoos, and Forest Park—modeled after New York's Central Park.

While natives and transplants alike take great pride in these attractions, one of St. Louis' biggest and most important free institutions is never ranked among the countrys best—our public school system.

Since legalized segregation in the 1860s to a belated and reluctant enforcement of desegregation in the 1980s, divisions by race and class in St. Louis have led to intergenerational poverty, the decline of our historic communities, and a vast disparity in educational outcomes between students growing up in different zip codes.

Today, the average ACT score at Sumner High School—the oldest historically black high school west of the Mississippi—is a 14. Just ten miles away in the wealthier district of Clayton, the average score at the public high school is 26.

In partnership with schools, districts, and community supporters, Teach For America is working to change educational outcomes for the thousands of children growing up in poverty in St. Louis. Corps members and alumni are a source of talent and energy for our schools and city. Along with aligned organizations and local champions of educational equity, we are cultivating a landscape where change can take root and our city can once again prosper.

Connect With Us

St. Louis
1204 Washington Avenue, Suite 300
St. Louis, MO 63103
Tel (314) 621-9100
Fax (314) 621-9127

Executive Director

Brittany Packnett, Executive Director of St. Louis
Brittany Packnett
The daughter of educators, Brittany N. Packnett is the Executive Director of Teach For America - St. Louis, which serves over 20,000 low-income students in her hometown.

She previously taught 3rd Grade in Southeast Washington, DC in the 2007 corps, and worked in federal education policy and advocacy for low-income students of color around the nation.  She has been working to amplify the voice of young people in Ferguson through national and international press and open letters, facilitating the #FergusonFireside Conference Calls with America, engaging students in critically conscious leadership development, and helping lead Teach For Ferguson during unexpected school closings.   She believes every child possesses inherent value and is committed to empowering young people to lead the modern movement toward justice. In 2014, Brittany was appointed to the Ferguson Commission and to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  She was named by TIME Magazine as one of 12 New Faces of Black Leadership in January 2015.

She is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis and American University in Washington.  She is @MsPackyetti on Twitter.

Regional Stats

2002
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
50
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
130
Total CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
530
Alumni in region
65%
Percent of ALUMNI IN EDUCATION
4
Alumni School Leaders
Data valid as of: Aug 2014