Join Teach For America Los Angeles' Associate Board for an unforgettable evening at our first in-person event of the year, our Spring Break Bash at Playa Studios!
There is an acute need for diverse, highly skilled teachers in communities all across LA. At our Spring Break Bash, TFA LA’s Associate Board will gather the city’s rising civic, business, and philanthropic leaders to #PartyLikeit's2019 and raise critical funds to bring exceptional educators to Los Angeles.
Our 2021 LA corps includes 125 strong and exceptionally capable leaders from a diverse range of lived experiences. They are passionate, talented, and committed teachers working in school districts and charter networks in some of the highest-need neighborhoods including Watts, Huntington Park, Lynwood, East Los Angeles, South Gate, and the San Fernando Valley.
Teach For America corps and alumni play a pivotal role in rethinking how the educational landscape can better serve all students as they lead in classrooms, offices, and boardrooms to create lasting change.
Our LA base is made up of over 3,600 alumni many of whom continue teaching well beyond their two-year commitment while others pursue impactful careers within the various sectors which influence the opportunities children will have in life. Spotlighted below are two TFA LA alumni who continued their lifelong commitment to expanding opportunity for kids and working towards profound, enduring educational change.
"A common misconception is that I hold all of the power in making recommendations for students, or that I am the single expert on what a student with a disability needs...I may be the one writing these documents, but I don’t and shouldn’t hold all the power. I want people to feel that it is distributed, feel that they have a voice, and that every person’s perspective in an IEP meeting or as someone who cares about the student is important. Particularly that parents and students have invaluable information.”
Robin Lindsley (Los Angeles ‘18) ELD and Special Education Teacher
“The Black and brown students we serve cannot thrive in a system built to undermine their promise. As a board we must lead with equity in mind and confront the racist vestiges in our public schools...that means in every board decision prioritizing our most historically underserved students.”
Kelly Gonez, (Los Angeles ‘11), Board of Education President for Los Angeles Unified School District