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Alumni Spotlight

New York 2011
Never give up. Each day is a new day. There are always going to be challenges that get in the way, but at the end of the day, perseverance is the most important. If you know why you are teaching, then let that help you wake up every day with a smile on your face.

Voices of New York Alumni

Education & Issues
August 14, 2018
Virtually every educator has experienced teacher burnout. We talk with Esmeralda Rodriguez (New York '15) about her experience with burnout, its connection to teacher demoralization, and how she stays inspired when the going gets tough. We bet you'll catch yourself nodding in agreement!
Students & Communities
June 13, 2018
Kelly Krag-Arnold (Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta ’13) currently serves the Associate Director of Planning at the NYC Department of Education. She talks about her experience as an LGBTQ educator and shares advice for supporting LGBTQ students.
Inside TFA
By The TFA Editorial Team
April 17, 2018
These alumni and global network leaders were named to the inaugural Obama Foundation Fellowship for their powerful work creating pathways of opportunity to improve our communities.
April 9, 2018
In this guest post, Kadeem Gill (New York '11), Internal VP of Teach For America's New York City alumni association, shares his reflections on the value of committing to curiosity.
Students & Communities
By The TFA Editorial Team
March 7, 2018
Five after-school sports programs for underserved youth and the Teach For America alumni behind them.
Inside TFA
By and
September 4, 2017
In partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education, we set out to create the conditions that empower our teachers to know students, cultivate community within their classrooms, engage students in rigorous and relevant content, and challenge inequity throughout (and long after) their corps experience. Together, we designed a customized summer of training.
Education & Issues
December 5, 2016
Code/Interactive and Hired Inspire Teach For America Students at Mentorship Event
Education & Issues
By Mario Benabe
October 13, 2016
In our latest piece celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Mario Benabe (New York '14), who was recently honored by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, describes a method of instruction he calls Do The Right Thing Pedagogy.

Teach For America - New York Alumni Association


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  • The Junior Board
  • The Collective
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The Junior Board (formerly the Young Professionals Committee, YPC) is a group of passionate individuals committed to creating positive change for the education equity movement in New York City. Learn More.

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The Collective, Teach For America’s national alumni of color association, is designed to grow leadership capacity, strengthen community, and increase access to opportunities—all in the interest of service our students.

For more information please contact:

Danielle McKoy
Chair, The Collective – NYC

Connect With Our Alumni Affairs Team


Danny Steffel
Director, Alumni Affairs

Tyler Schelpat
Manager, Alumni Projects