About Mississippi

The birthplace of American music, a major arena in the Civil Rights Movement, and the home of many of our nation’s most prolific voices and creative minds, Mississippi and its residents have long been recognized for their contributions to society. The introduction of mechanized farming and the effects of globalization, however, have forced many people to leave the state to find employment elsewhere. As a result, Mississippi, and the Delta region in particular, is a largely forgotten national treasure.
Despite these barriers that stand between Mississippi and newfound prosperity, it remains to be defined by its greatest asset: its people. Mississippians are creative, entrepreneurial, and visionary. They are brimming with the desire to see their home live up to its potential and become a successful and vibrant state in the 21st century.
Consensus is building across Mississippi that a brighter future for all can only be achieved by ensuring that every child receives an excellent education. Teach For America has been forming vital partnerships with our districts since 1993, yet the pool of highly-qualified teachers from which administrators can hire remains too small. For the past two years, Teach For America has received requests from partnering districts exceeding our total corps size. Teach For America is committed to supporting exceptional leaders for Mississippi's movement for educational equity and the region’s renaissance.


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About Us

Executive Director
Barbara Logan Smith is a graduate of Lakeland College and holds her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She began her career in education as a teacher and administrator with Milwaukee Public Schools, and over two decades has developed the leadership

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299 S. 9th St., Oxford, MS 38655

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