Stories

Read the latest news and stories from the Teach For America Mississippi region.

 

 

One Day
By Paula Ann Solis
July 19, 2017
At the age of 11, Esther Mulder (Jacksonville ’08) was placed in foster care. Spurred by those who believed in her, today she’s a public defender. Follow her remarkable path.
Inside TFA
July 14, 2017
Summer may be fast moving for our corps members, between Delta Institute and second-year fellowships, but for their family and friends it may be less so. It's the perfect time to pick up a book, a fun snack, or a healthy habit - so why not support Mississippi and our corps members at the same time?
Alumni
June 30, 2017
Public service can be a powerful motivation to join Teach For America, but that phrase tends to take on myriad meanings once the two-year commitment concludes. As we go into the holiday weekend, we talk to one new alum about his “why TFA” - and how his recent career moves are taking him to new heights.
Alumni Students & Communities
June 2, 2017
A week before our 2017 incoming corps members engage with the Indianola community at their Mississippi Induction, we go inside the intervention program at Carver Elementary School that helped turn assessment scores around.
One Day
By Faviola Jasmine Leyva and Paula Ann Solis
May 30, 2017
We scoured the WiFi waves to bring you these podcasts, hosted by alumni, that range over all sorts of topics. Are you woke? Raising bilingual kids? Curious if sharing a Netflix password is illegal?
Alumni Education & Issues
May 12, 2017
The Mississippi First team is a group of dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to promote the mission of moving our state from bottom of the list to first. They are also primarily comprised of Teach For America alumni, whose passion for moving Mississippi forward was ignited in the classrooms of the Delta. Here we profile this amazing alumni organization and ask how far Mississippi has come - and how much further do we have to go?
Inside TFA Students & Communities
May 5, 2017
We know very well that our amazing corps members do far more than teach. Here we wrap up our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week with a shout-out to those corps members who exemplify just how far above and beyond they’ll go to make “One Day” happen for Mississippi kids.
Inside TFA Students & Communities
March 16, 2017
We’re so proud of the work our corps members do every day to illuminate the brilliance of our kids. We’re even more proud when they are recognized for that work. Here we talk to three of our second-years who have been recognized as Teachers of the Year in their respective schools.
Students & Communities
March 10, 2017
Second year corps member Kelly Kirby shares how participating in a summer youth leadership program changed the way she teaches.
Education & Issues Students & Communities
February 26, 2017
How do we bring the depth and richness of African American history alive for our students? Our corps members and partner organizations have a few ideas! In part three of our Black History Month series, we spotlight three student-driven projects that celebrate the past, present, and future of black lives in America.
Education & Issues
February 17, 2017
In part two of our Black History Month series, we spotlight a local leader in education and reflect on her impact on the Mississippi Delta.
Inside TFA
February 14, 2017
In part one of our Black History Month series, we talk to first-year corps member Davon Tillett about how teaching has lined up with his expectations and what it's like to teach structural racism to students of color.
Alumni
January 30, 2017
Mississippi is famous for its writers. So perhaps it's no surprise that some of our alumni have been inspired by their time here. In our second interview with an alumni author, we talk to Copperman about his recently published first book, Teacher.
Alumni
December 20, 2016
How do you keep leaders involved? Here's what's worked for us...
Alumni
December 19, 2016
The annual list from Southern Living Magazine honors leaders and innovators changing the South.
Alumni
December 6, 2016
Beth Lewis (Mississippi ’10) was tempted to move back to Mississippi—but didn’t want to be far from family. So she brought a whole crew down South.
Alumni
November 28, 2016
Cody Shumaker (Mississippi ’08), Cleveland School District Administrator of the Year, shares his insights on leadership
One Day
By Tim Kennedy
November 1, 2016
How do you go from teaching ESL in the Bronx to being the defense and foreign policy advisor to Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.)? Sophia Lalani shows us her path.
Students & Communities
October 25, 2016
This fall, we visited the Sunflower River Gospel and Blues Festival in Clarksdale to hear how our partners support student brilliance. Turns out there are all kinds of ways to shine light on the brilliance in our state!
One Day
By Susan Brenna
October 25, 2016
A four-part look at how educators are making every space safe for students, with close-ups on Orlando, New York, and an evolution within Teach For America.