Destinee Hodge (D.C. Region, '11) struggled to connect with a student, but a moment of kindness changed their relationship dynamic.
Estee Kelly (St. Louis, '03) and struggling student got their spirits lifted by one little letter and one big win.
Peter Gwynn Sackson (Houston '06) shares how he translated the lessons he learned in the corps to his career in politics and beyond.
Liz Allen's (Colorado '09) commitment to education reform keeps her motivated to push the rigor in her classroom.
Jennifer Tschetter (Bay Area '10) comments on building a team with your student families:
Sam Gallardo (Dallas-Fort Worth '10) reflects on the impact of community involvement in his classroom:
Allen Miller (New York '11) reflects on his third grade students' journey to understand all the people who impact their education:
Erin Daugherty (South Louisiana '10) reflects on her plan for a positive classroom turnaround:
Allison Gross (Detroit '10) shares the story of her class of Changemakers:
Alice Grabe (Mississippi Delta '11) reflects on planning a student leadership dinner to celebrate and encourage leadership in her classroom, school, and community in Pine Bluff, AR:
Jamie Jenkins (Metro Atlanta '07) reflects on an educational inspiration and what it means to connect with her students' cores:
A student teaches Derrick Johnson (N.Y. '10) a lesson in resiliency when he refuses to back down from a challenging math problem.
Steele Kizerian (D.C. Region '09) got creative with his classroom management in an effort to turnaround a rambunctious kindergarten class using a little mystery and a lot of imagination.
In a moment, Rachel Oyola (Charlotte '07) is confronted with a taste of the low expectations and hostility facing her students.
Every day Alma Aguilar (San Antonio '10) becomes more urgent about reaching all of her students in the short time she has with them. And with some it's even shorter than she'd expected.
In her first year of teaching, Sarah Elder (Mid-Atlantic '04) develops a long lasting, meaningful relationship with a veteran teacher across the hall.
Molly Eigen (RGV '99) has a student with severe social anxiety and untapped potential.
Erin Fitzgerald (Mid-Atlantic '08) offers an ear and a shoulder to a student who's had too much death in his young life—and helps him see what he's got ahead of him.
Coming in to a new community, Sarah Martin (Hawai'i '06) goes from being a complete outsider to "Ms. Martin"—the teacher students WANT to have next year.
After building rapport during summer school, Janelle Scharon (Chicago '05) leverages additional resources to help two siblings push their own leadership.
After an overwhelming start, Joshua Aragon (Phoenix '03) considers leaving the corps—instead he redoubles his efforts and commits to change.
Katie Brodhead (Greater Newark '10) shares an innovative solution from when a very bright student was struggling with motivation.
Upset by the conditions of their schools, parents at Andy Malone's (Mississippi Delta '08) school boycott the district, keeping their kids out of school and paving the way for real reform.
From day one Kirk Scarbrough (San Antonio '10) weaves the big goal of college into everything his first graders do.
Teach For America charter corps member Chiray Koo (LA '90) explains why she took on this mission and how she learned to have compassion for the communities we work with—and for her peers.
Shameek Robinson (Greater Newark '99) grew up in Newark and knew the ins and outs of the city and its people—something that helps him bond with his students and push them to greater levels of succe
Having never touched a violin, Alice Huguet (LA '06) learned and taught her students the instrument, helping to establish a music program at her school with a grant from The LA Philharmonic orchest
Figuring out how to prioritize teaching, building student relationships, and maintaining a personal life proves daunting for AJ Piper (Chicago '09)...until he finds his own sense of balance and tea
When a family member loses a job, two of Andy Morrison's (ENC '05) students become homeless—but they prove to be resilient and never lose their desire to help others.
A student acts up in Stephanie Halgren's (Houston '04) Pre-K classroom—but instead of letting him take over the class, she pushes him harder on the academic front.
Alicia Paulistin (Detroit '02) knows that it might be easier elsewhere—but she can tell you exactly why she's spent most of the last decade teaching in Detroit's beleaguered public schools.
At the end of his first year of teaching, Kevin Anderle (Atlanta '05) hears those magic words from one of his students.