About Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta

Throughout the 1990s and beyond, the majority of students in New Orleans encountered a dysfunctional public education system. Valedictorians of their high school classes were unable to pass the Graduate Exit Exam and less than 40 percent of seniors graduated from high school. Although thousands of teachers and administrators across the state worked tirelessly for students, the educational landscape did not allow for change that would improve life for children and our partner communities.

More recently the tide has changed, leading to more favorable outcomes for students. The political landscape post–Hurricane Katrina has seen an increased focus on teacher retention and cultivation of school leadership, which has helped rebuild the school system. Teach For America, too, has achieved ambitious growth in the region, increasing our corps from 85 to nearly 400, doubling our alumni base from 100 to over 600, and fostering leadership among those alumni. Geographically, we extended our reach to the rural community of the Louisiana Delta in 2010. Overall, our corps members and alumni now reach one in five students in the region. Many alumni are school leaders and others are designing curriculum, driving city and state policy, working in advocacy, and innovating through social entrepreneurship.

Our teachers throughout Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta have contributed to dramatic progress in student achievement in countless ways, including improved test scores and cutting the high school drop-out rate in half. The leadership of our teachers and alumni will continue to position the region as a strong example of transformative public education in action.

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Corps Size the First Year

340

Total Corps Size

About Us

Executive Director
Kira was a 2000 corps member in Baton Rouge, where she taught fourth grade at Eden Park Elementary. She went on to serve as School Director for Teach For America summer institute and, as Vice President of new site development, led the organization’s efforts to expand to three new regions. Currently
MD, Louisiana Delta
James was a 2007 Mississippi Delta corps member, where he taught middle school math in Lake Village, AR after spending his senior year of college working for Teach For America as a Campus Campaign Manager.  While teaching, he led 97% of his algebra I students to pass the state test (performing in

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1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 600, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Alums in Region

1990

Year Partnership Established