About New York


New York City leads not just the country, but the world, on so many fronts, yet too many of our students aren’t getting a world-class education. New York City’s public school system is the largest in the nation and it is falling short. 

Teach For America - New York recruits, develops, and supports emerging leaders to teach in low-income communities throughout NYC. By attracting and retaining diverse, talented, committed educators, we strive to help develop great neighborhood schools that support, inspire, and challenge students to become the leaders our city needs.

Addressing Our City’s Critical Needs

Our city has a critical need for early childhood, special education, math, and science educators. These needs are even more pronounced in low-income communities. Teach for America - New York is helping to fulfill that need with qualified individuals who reflect the backgrounds of their students and help them thrive. Sixty percent of our 2014 corps identify as teachers of color, 51 percent are from a low-income background, and 34 percent are native New Yorkers.

Engaging TFA Alumni Across NYC

Our 4,200 area alumni are a vital part of a strong and growing movement for educational equity in NYC. More than 1,400 are teachers, 230 are school leaders, 75 are system leaders, and 50 are social entrepreneurs. Whatever their current role, we’re working to help all of our alumni take action in service of great neighborhood schools.

About Us

Executive Director
Charissa joined TFA during the summer of 2013 after eight years as the chief operating officer at The After-School Corporation. Prior to that role, Charissa served as director of the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Strategic Partnerships, ran a dropout prevention program in

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