Teach For America - Alabama

Teach For America - Alabama Teach For America - Alabama currently has over 40 teachers who reach more than 4,000 students in 5 school districts across Alabama each day.

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Since 1991, Teach For America has impacted the lives of over students in the United States. In 2010, we began our work in Alabama, providing a talent pipeline in the education sector
and an educational movement we will continue to grow in the coming years.

Operating as usual

Our Executive Director Damon Bailey met with Congresswoman Terri Sewell to discuss the state of education in Alabama and...
11/17/2021

Our Executive Director Damon Bailey met with Congresswoman Terri Sewell to discuss the state of education in Alabama and our role in improving outcomes for all kids. Thank you to Congresswoman Terri Sewell for your devotion and support to ensuring all kids get a great education. We look forward to all the ways we can partner together over the next 10 years to put students on durable pathways to economic mobility and a future filled with possibility.

Our Executive Director Damon Bailey met with Congresswoman Terri Sewell to discuss the state of education in Alabama and our role in improving outcomes for all kids. Thank you to Congresswoman Terri Sewell for your devotion and support to ensuring all kids get a great education. We look forward to all the ways we can partner together over the next 10 years to put students on durable pathways to economic mobility and a future filled with possibility.

There’s still ONE DAY LEFT to apply for our next Systems Change Leadership Fellowship! Swipe through to meet a few more ...
11/14/2021

There’s still ONE DAY LEFT to apply for our next Systems Change Leadership Fellowship!

Swipe through to meet a few more members of our inaugural cohort who spent six months cultivating the core knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to lead the charge in expanding educational opportunities for children from a systems level. Learn more and apply at https://bit.ly/TFA_SCLF by November 15th!

The Fellowship is specifically designed for Teach For America Alumni interested in stepping into a systems leader role at a school/district, nonprofit, or other civic organization in the next 3-5 years.

#oneday #tfaalabama #teachforamerica #bamaly #tfaALalumni #systemschange

There’s still time to apply for our next Systems Change Leadership Fellowship! Swipe through to meet more members of our...
11/11/2021

There’s still time to apply for our next Systems Change Leadership Fellowship!

Swipe through to meet more members of our inaugural cohort who spent six months cultivating the core knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to lead the charge in expanding educational opportunities for children from a systems level. Learn more and apply at https://bit.ly/TFA_SCLF by November 15th!

The Fellowship is specifically designed for Teach For America Alumni interested in stepping into a systems leader role at a school/district, nonprofit, or other civic organization in the next 3-5 years.

#oneday #tfaalabama #teachforamerica #bamaly #tfaALalumni #systemschange

Swipe through to meet a few members of our inaugural Systems Change Leadership Fellowship cohort who spent six months cu...
11/02/2021

Swipe through to meet a few members of our inaugural Systems Change Leadership Fellowship cohort who spent six months cultivating the core knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to lead the charge in expanding educational opportunities for children from a systems level. Learn more and apply at https://bit.ly/TFA_SCLF by November 15th!
The Fellowship is specifically designed for Teach For America Alumni interested in stepping into a systems leader role at a school/district, nonprofit, or other civic organization in the next 3-5 years.
#oneday #tfaalabama #teachforamerica #bamaly #tfaALalumni #systemschange

Today’s alumni spotlight shines on Elizabeth Bieri (Alabama ’18), a Chemistry & SAT Prep instructor at Holy Family Crist...
10/23/2021

Today’s alumni spotlight shines on Elizabeth Bieri (Alabama ’18), a Chemistry & SAT Prep instructor at Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama. She and her fellow TFA alumni peers have been working on planning and implementing a successful test prep program at HFCR for all juniors in an effort to raise their standardized test scores -- all while finishing up her masters at Johns Hopkins.
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ON HOW SHE REMAINS COMMITTED TO GETTING TO "ONE DAY": I am still teaching students here in Birmingham and plan to stay in the classroom for the foreseeable future. My vision for One Day and my involvement in TFA continues to drive my progress with my students. TFA has supported me through continued resources such as the alumni microgrant. In addition, most of my closest friends are fellow alumni and they continue to be such an amazing source of both encouragement and resources to make me better both personally and professionally.
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Be sure to to cheer on Elizabeth as her students compete for the top prize at the Altec Innovation Challenge on November 4th!
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We’re thankful to have Elizabeth working hard to get us all to One Day.⁠

#tfaalabama #alabamaalumniboard #oneday #bamaly #teachforamerica #alumniwork #allkids

Today’s alumni spotlight shines on Elizabeth Bieri (Alabama ’18), a Chemistry & SAT Prep instructor at Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama. She and her fellow TFA alumni peers have been working on planning and implementing a successful test prep program at HFCR for all juniors in an effort to raise their standardized test scores -- all while finishing up her masters at Johns Hopkins.
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ON HOW SHE REMAINS COMMITTED TO GETTING TO "ONE DAY": I am still teaching students here in Birmingham and plan to stay in the classroom for the foreseeable future. My vision for One Day and my involvement in TFA continues to drive my progress with my students. TFA has supported me through continued resources such as the alumni microgrant. In addition, most of my closest friends are fellow alumni and they continue to be such an amazing source of both encouragement and resources to make me better both personally and professionally.
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Be sure to to cheer on Elizabeth as her students compete for the top prize at the Altec Innovation Challenge on November 4th!
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We’re thankful to have Elizabeth working hard to get us all to One Day.⁠

#tfaalabama #alabamaalumniboard #oneday #bamaly #teachforamerica #alumniwork #allkids

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Systems Change Leadership Fellowship Application is now open for the 2021 cohort! SCLF supports partic...
10/15/2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Systems Change Leadership Fellowship Application is now open for the 2021 cohort! SCLF supports participants in cultivating the core knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to lead the charge in expanding educational opportunities for children from a systems level. Participants will experience 6 cohort seminars led by experts, deep dives into various systems within Alabama, executive coaching, and ongoing career and job placement support. Fellows will be working to develop their systems level theory of action and ensuring they are prepared to act on it.

The Fellowship is specifically designed for Teach For America Alumni interested in stepping into a systems leader role at a school/district, in nonprofits, or other civic organizations in the next 3-5 years. Learn more and apply at https://bit.ly/TFA_SCLF by November 15th!
#oneday #tfaalabama #teachforamerica #bamaly #tfaALalumni #systemschange

It's that time of year again! Join us in welcoming the 2021-2022 TFA Alabama Alumni Board, focused on supporting all TFA...
10/09/2021

It's that time of year again! Join us in welcoming the 2021-2022 TFA Alabama Alumni Board, focused on supporting all TFA alumni in Alabama and ensuring that they remain connected to the mission of One Day. As part of that work, the Board is continuing with our Alumni Saturdays series, which will spotlight the impact our powerful alums are having across the state of Alabama. Be on the lookout for more!⁠⁠
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Mariohn Michel (Alabama ‘11) - Board Chair ⁠
Katie McMeans (Alabama ‘13) - Vice Chair⁠
Nora Samayoa (Alabama ‘18) - Secretary⁠
Freddie D. Stokes (Alabama ‘12)⁠
Corinn O'Brien (Greater New Orleans ‘08)⁠
Luke Chamberlin (Alabama ‘18)⁠
Kimberlyn Byrd (Greater Nashville ‘13)⁠
Yamini Bhat (Greater Nashville ‘15)⁠
Elizabeth Mojica (Alabama ‘19)⁠
Jackie Bretl (Bay Area ‘09)⁠
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Comment the alum you hope to see spolighted!

#tfaalabama #alabamaalumniboard #oneday #bamaly #teachforamerica #alumniwork #allkids

It's that time of year again! Join us in welcoming the 2021-2022 TFA Alabama Alumni Board, focused on supporting all TFA alumni in Alabama and ensuring that they remain connected to the mission of One Day. As part of that work, the Board is continuing with our Alumni Saturdays series, which will spotlight the impact our powerful alums are having across the state of Alabama. Be on the lookout for more!⁠⁠
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Mariohn Michel (Alabama ‘11) - Board Chair ⁠
Katie McMeans (Alabama ‘13) - Vice Chair⁠
Nora Samayoa (Alabama ‘18) - Secretary⁠
Freddie D. Stokes (Alabama ‘12)⁠
Corinn O'Brien (Greater New Orleans ‘08)⁠
Luke Chamberlin (Alabama ‘18)⁠
Kimberlyn Byrd (Greater Nashville ‘13)⁠
Yamini Bhat (Greater Nashville ‘15)⁠
Elizabeth Mojica (Alabama ‘19)⁠
Jackie Bretl (Bay Area ‘09)⁠
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Comment the alum you hope to see spolighted!

#tfaalabama #alabamaalumniboard #oneday #bamaly #teachforamerica #alumniwork #allkids

THIS WEEKEND! The Brave Education Summit is open to LGBTQ+ and allied corps members, alumni, staff, partners, and studen...
10/06/2021

THIS WEEKEND! The Brave Education Summit is open to LGBTQ+ and allied corps members, alumni, staff, partners, and students and is designed to support learning and development, as well as provide resources for LGBTQ+ students and educators.⁠

The summit, which is held during LGBT History Month and which launches on the eve of National Coming Out Day and Indigenous People’s Day, will have themes for each day of programming:⁠
October 9th: Identity and Intersectionality⁠
October 10th: Supporting LGBTQIA2s+ students⁠
October 23rd: Policy and Advocacy⁠
October 24th: Regional Prism Coalitions and the Path Forward⁠

Go to teachforamerica.org/brave-summit-2021 to register for this free event!⁠
#braveeducation #teachforamerica #prism #bamalyprism #onedayallchildren #tfaalabama

THIS WEEKEND! The Brave Education Summit is open to LGBTQ+ and allied corps members, alumni, staff, partners, and students and is designed to support learning and development, as well as provide resources for LGBTQ+ students and educators.⁠

The summit, which is held during LGBT History Month and which launches on the eve of National Coming Out Day and Indigenous People’s Day, will have themes for each day of programming:⁠
October 9th: Identity and Intersectionality⁠
October 10th: Supporting LGBTQIA2s+ students⁠
October 23rd: Policy and Advocacy⁠
October 24th: Regional Prism Coalitions and the Path Forward⁠

Go to teachforamerica.org/brave-summit-2021 to register for this free event!⁠
#braveeducation #teachforamerica #prism #bamalyprism #onedayallchildren #tfaalabama

Meet Devon! Devon Bowens (Dallas-Fort Worth '17) is joining us as our newest Manager of Teacher Leadership Development (...
09/20/2021

Meet Devon! Devon Bowens (Dallas-Fort Worth '17) is joining us as our newest Manager of Teacher Leadership Development (MTLD). He will be supporting our teachers through personal coaching and professional development throughout their two-year commitment to Teach for America Alabama.

"I’m most excited about joining staff because TFA has been full circle for me," Devon says of his return. "I had great MTLDs that have poured and invested in me to help shape my educational philosophy and develop my servant leadership abilities. I plan to do the same, and invest in the Alabama region and 1st and 2nd year corps members to:
- Leave places better than they found them,
- Lead from wherever they are,
- Live a life that matters, and
- Love something greater than themselves."

Welcome, Devon! We are so happy to have you on the team!

We asked our teachers to share messages to first responders in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. This is what they ...
09/13/2021

We asked our teachers to share messages to first responders in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. This is what they wrote:

Alumni, we are excited to launch another year of microgrants to further invest in your leadership as you continue to wor...
09/02/2021

Alumni, we are excited to launch another year of microgrants to further invest in your leadership as you continue to work towards One Day! Learn more and apply for a leadership microgrant of up to $500 at http://bit.ly/TFAmicrogrants today. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and should be made at least 3 weeks in advance of the need. #oneday #bamaly #alabamaalumni #tfaalabama #teachforamerica #ALmicrogrants

The application to work with TFA part time next year as a content specialist is live! Content Specialists support a coho...
05/25/2021

The application to work with TFA part time next year as a content specialist is live! Content Specialists support a cohort of teachers in their content group with planning and coaching during summits, office hours, and small group coaching cycles. Pay is $20 an hour. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Apply at bit.ly/tfa_contentspecialists

The application to work with TFA part time next year as a content specialist is live! Content Specialists support a cohort of teachers in their content group with planning and coaching during summits, office hours, and small group coaching cycles. Pay is $20 an hour. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Apply at bit.ly/tfa_contentspecialists

1 more day until Alumni Induction! We’re delighted to introduce the Alabama 2019 corps members who will be entering alum...
05/14/2021

1 more day until Alumni Induction! We’re delighted to introduce the Alabama 2019 corps members who will be entering alumnihood this Saturday. Today’s featured corps members teach in Selma, Marion, and Birmingham. This group includes a census committee member, senior advisor, National Honor Society advisor, and 2020 CM transition coach.

-Nina-Marie von Nyssen, Edgewood Elementary | Elementary
-Nivory Gordon, Greensboro High | Math
-Olivia Elgin, Glen Iris Elementary | Elementary
-Renee Thomas, RB Hudson | ELA
-Sara-Jessica White, Selma High | Spanish
-Sarah Waldinger, Smith Middle School | ELA

We’re proud to welcome Nina-Marie, Nivory, Olivia, Renee, Sara-Jessica, and Sarah into alumnihood and are grateful for the gifts they’ve shared with Alabama’s students. We look forward to their continued dedication as alumni in supporting us to getting to One Day.

Join us in celebrating our new alumni on Saturday, May 15 at 1:00pm CT by registering at http://bit.ly/2019Corps

#Bamaly #2019Corps #OneDay #TFA #TeachforAmerica #ALAlumniInduction #AlabamaAlumni

members who will be entering alumnihood this Saturday. Today’s featured corps members include a PRISM board member, a LE...
05/13/2021

members who will be entering alumnihood this Saturday. Today’s featured corps members include a PRISM board member, a LEE policy and advocacy fellow, and a Teacher of the Year! They teach in Greensboro, Selma, and Greater Birmingham.
-Mary Margaret Nanos, Wilkerson Middle | Social Studies
-Megan Summers, RB Hudson | Science
-Megan Zuege, Erwin Middle | ELA
-Miranda Southern, Greensboro Middle | Social Studies
-Morgan Johnson, Minor Middle School | Special Education
We’re proud to welcome Mary Margaret, Megan, Megan, Miranda, and Morgan into alumnihood and are grateful for the gifts they’ve shared with Alabama’s students. We look forward to their continued dedication as alumni in supporting us to getting to One Day.
Join us in celebrating our new alumni on Saturday, May 15 at 1:00pm CT by registering at
http://bit.ly/2019Corps
#Bamaly #2019Corps #OneDay #TFA #TeachforAmerica #ALAlumniInduction #AlabamaAlumni

3 more days until Alumni Induction! We’re delighted to introduce the Alabama 2019 corps members who will be entering alu...
05/12/2021

3 more days until Alumni Induction! We’re delighted to introduce the Alabama 2019 corps members who will be entering alumnihood this Saturday. Today’s featured corps members teach in Selma, Marion, and Birmingham. Among them is a track and field coach and Math Olympiad chair, an instructional coach with Breakthrough Birmingham, a transition coach for 2020 CMs, and a published author.

-Hanna Kraker, Selma High | ELA
-Haley Crum, West End Academy | Special Education
-Jessica Wright, Wilkerson Middle | Science
-John Bolding, Francis Marion | Math
-Julia Ramminger, Hudson K-8 | Science

We’re proud to welcome Hanna, Haley, Jessica, John, and Julia into alumnihood and are grateful for the gifts they’ve shared with Alabama’s students. We look forward to their continued dedication as alumni in supporting us to getting to One Day.

Join us in celebrating our new alumni on Saturday, May 15 at 1:00pm CT by registering at http://bit.ly/2019Corps

#Bamaly #2019Corps #OneDay #TFA #TeachforAmerica #ALAlumniInduction #AlabamaAlumni

4 more days until our Alumni Induction! We’re delighted to introduce the Alabama 2019 corps members who will be entering...
05/11/2021

4 more days until our Alumni Induction! We’re delighted to introduce the Alabama 2019 corps members who will be entering alumnihood this Saturday. Today’s featured corps members teach in Birmingham, Hale County, and Perry County. This group led in a variety of ways: as lead teachers, transition coaches, summer program facilitators, and as members of our Census committee. We even have a minor league baseball player in this group!

-DeAndre Dixon, Francis Marion | Social Studies
-Elizabeth Calvin, Wilkerson Middle | Math
-Elizabeth Mojica, Woodlawn High | Spanish
-Gary Mason, Jr., Oliver Elementary | Elementary
-Haley Callahan, Hale County Elementary | Elementary

We’re proud to welcome DeAndre, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Gary, and Haley into alumnihood and are grateful for the gifts they’ve shared with Alabama’s students. We look forward to their continued dedication as alumni in supporting us to getting to One Day.

Join us in celebrating our new alumni on Saturday, May 15 at 1:00pm CT by registering at http://bit.ly/2019Corps

#Bamaly #2019Corps #OneDay #TFA #TeachforAmerica #ALAlumniInduction #AlabamaAlumni

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The Problem We Are Trying to Solve: Alabama is ranked 49th out of 50 states in education and while the entire state suffers from educational inequity, the Black Belt region of Alabama has an achievement gap far wider than anywhere else. This past year at Mountain Brook High School, where zero percent of students receive free/reduced lunch, only 2.3 percent of fifth grade students tested below grade level on the mandated Alabama Science Exam. Just minutes away at Huffman High School in Birmingham, where over 65 percent of students receive free/reduced lunch, more than 77 percent of fifth graders fell below that same mastery level.

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Reminder: the Alabama Roundtable is Sunday. IB me for details!!
Fellow alumni, the TFA Alabama Alumni Board is accepting applications for new members! All alums living in Alabama are invited to apply by August 31. Contact [email protected] with any questions. David Liddell (Alabama '11) Board Chair
TOGETHER TEACHER, WORK-FROM-HOME EDITION The Together Teacher is a “how-to” guide “work from home” edition for TFA corps members and alumni. Maia Heyck-Merlin, founder of The Together Group and The Together Press (and former South Louisiana corps member) will present tools, templates, and strategies that educators can immediately implement to navigate distance teaching in these uncertain times. The session will provide participants with step-by-step actions for building habits, finding tools that work for individuals, and creating space to become a “Together Teacher.” Thursday, July 30th, 7:00 - 8:00pm Eastern Time Learn More & Block Your Calendars: https://teachtfa.org/38jp264 Participants will access real artifacts to learn from and downloadable resources! The habits outlined in this session will serve teachers well as professionals working in an on-your-feet, data-rich environment amidst the changes and unpredictability caused by COVID-19 and effects of systemic racism & oppression. Maia invites you to check out her new book for teachers: The Together Work-From-Home Teacher. All TFA alumni and corps members can purchase the ebook for for a discounted price of $9 (from $20!) Access the ebook and more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1De9-kfm_QRX2JDRMhrC0g4Hnj6kSFhct/view?usp=sharing
Anybody know where induction is happening?
Your school is filled with amazing leaders and educators just waiting to be recognized and celebrated. Whether you're a student, parent, principal, or colleague, we've put together a list of ways you can thank them for their dedication to students. https://teachtfa.org/2L0JYUB #Love4Teachers
TOMORROW starting at 4PM PST/7PM EST on Instagram Live, DJ-Nice is hosting an exclusive #TeacherAppreciationWeek virtual happy hour. #ClubQuarantine originator has brought millions together online including Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, and Will Smith to dance and have a good time while we #stayhome. This Friday, he will keep the energy high and bring the party to celebrate teachers! Join us! https://teachtfa.org/3fb4ZcU #Love4Teachers For more resources, opportunities, and teacher-to-teacher networking, join TFA’s private Alumni Teacher Facebook Group: https://teachtfa.org/3fd8RtS
TOMORROW starting at 4PM PST/7PM EST on Instagram Live, DJ-Nice is hosting an exclusive #TeacherAppreciationWeek virtual happy hour. #ClubQuarantine originator has brought millions together online including Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, and Will Smith to dance and have a good time while we #stayhome. This Friday, he will keep the energy high and bring the party to celebrate teachers! Join us! https://teachtfa.org/3fb4ZcU #Love4Teachers For more resources, opportunities, and teacher-to-teacher networking, join TFA’s private Alumni Teacher Facebook Group: https://teachtfa.org/3fd8RtS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25zs1UTmMlY
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 with these special freebies and savings. https://teachtfa.org/2Sn0BOk For more resources, opportunities, and teacher-to-teacher networking, join TFA’s private Alumni Teacher Facebook Group: https://teachtfa.org/3fd8RtS #Love4Teachers"
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Share Printable Greetings and Gratitude From … Home! Say Hello and “Thank You” to that special teacher via postcard. Be sure to tag @teachforamerica and use #Love4Teachers so we can see your finished products. https://teachtfa.org/2VRvb4U
Keeping Students at the Center: On an ordinary school day, teachers are focused on meeting their students’ needs—academically, emotionally, and in so many other ways. These may not be ordinary times, but those needs remain. https://teachtfa.org/3bUhJ5J #Love4Teachers To learn how other teachers are keeping students at the center, and access more resources, opportunities, and teacher-to-teacher networking, join TFA’s private Alumni Teacher Facebook Group: https://teachtfa.org/3fd8RtS
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8)! What says "thanks, teach!” better than freebies and teacher discounts? Check out our curated Teacher Appreciation Week discounts, and when you’re finished browsing, share the list with your friends and tag @teachforamerica and #Love4Teachers https://teachtfa.org/2Sn0BOk For more resources, opportunities, and teacher-to-teacher networking, join TFA’s private Alumni Teacher Facebook Group: https://teachtfa.org/3fd8RtS