Today Teach for America announced that it has more than 600 Latinos serving high-need schools this academic year. Teach for America develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools – this year 600 Hispanics are part of that mission.
These Latino teachers, triple the number the organization was providing to schools just 5 years ago, and represent 11 percent of Teach For America’s total incoming corps of 6,000. These dedicated Latinos make up the corps of teachers that impact more than 750,000 students in 48 regions and across 35 states.
“I’m inspired by this incredible group of Latinos who are dedicating their talents and energy to giving all kids an equal chance in life,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. “It is undeniable that teachers who share the backgrounds of the students they teach have the potential to make a profound additional impact with the next generation of Latino leaders.”
An estimated 2,000 Teach for America alumni are Latino. Many are working as pre-K-12 teachers with one-third serving in other realms of education.