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



December 8, 2017
Earlier this month, the TFA Graduate Fellows program hosted an event at Delta Meat Market in Cleveland, Mississippi, encouraging TFA Alumni to work toward expanding opportunity in Mississippi.
November 21, 2017
When we consider the effect a two-year teacher can have on a school and its students, it is certainly significant. But for many of our corps members, their two-year commitment evolves into so much more - like Katie McGriff, a Mississippi alumna currently in her seventh year of teaching, who in her tenure has made tremendous strides in creating opportunities for her students to succeed. Here, Alumni Director Emily Hawthorne paints a portrait of this committed educator and the effect she’s had on a small Delta school.
Inside TFA
November 9, 2017
For seven years, Cleveland, Mississippi, has played host to the summer training - or Institute - of hundreds of corps members from across a number of Teach For America’s regions. And with that legacy behind it, last year Delta Institute became the first of its kind: a multi-regional Institute purposefully designed to serve Teach For America’s rural areas. Here we learn more about Delta Institutes “firsts” from Senior Managing Director of Delta Institute, Rachel Brainerd.
One Day
By Leah Fabel
October 31, 2017
Follow the paths of four teachers who left the classroom for a different kind of wild, but with the same commitment to a brighter future.
October 27, 2017
This year, five of the eighteen Mississippi Education Policy Fellows are TFA-Mississippi alumni - and thanks to the vision and generosity of our supporters and partners, they’re doing so at nearly no cost to themselves. Here we celebrate a few of the men and women representing Teach For America in Mississippi State University’s landmark program, and ask them what this fellowship means to them.
Students & Communities
September 29, 2017
Kayla Reinenger ('15) felt strongly about giving her students the same opportunities she had in high school - including a life-changing trip to Spain. Here we join her in the classroom as she reflects on her time in the Mississippi Delta and the steps it took to make the dream of a European field trip for her students a reality.
Inside TFA
September 15, 2017
We're excited to highlight the journey of one of our corps members, who will be a featured guest blogger during her second year in the classroom, so check back for updates on her experience, her take on the Jackson community, and resources she’ll be using with her elementary students!
Inside TFA
September 1, 2017
In one year, a math specialist, a second-year corps member, and a traditionally-trained coach helped change the landscape of measuring proficiency and growth in two Mississippi districts. Here we talk to the collaborators behind the tool that’s helping to make the grade, and discuss how, without real partnerships, it might never have come to be used.
Education & Issues
August 17, 2017
Here we spotlight Teach For America - Mississippi's Executive Director, Barbara Logan Smith, as she reacts to the recent acts of hate and violence in Charlottesville, and offers words of encouragement about how we can move forward as educators and as a region.
Education & Issues
August 11, 2017
Nearly a month ago, bipartisan legislation was introduced that would provide DREAMers with permanent access to a path toward citizenship. Today, Teach For America takes an unwavering stance on this issue, and we in Mississippi support all those who wish to lend their voice to the passing of this legislation - and their support to those affected by it.
August 4, 2017
The Mississippi Principals Impact Fellowship brings school leaders together from across the state to participate in a cohort-based support network for administrators who want to grow their schools, their skills, and increase the academic outcomes for their students. Here we follow a year in the life of these eight inaugural fellows, and go behind the partnership that made it possible.
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?
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 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.