Celebrating 25 Years in NYC

Wendy Kopp Founds TFA in NYC

The first TFA corps stands together in 1990, a year after Wendy proposed the idea for TFA in her undergraduate thesis at Princeton University.
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Giulia Cox (NY ’91) Begins Lifelong Career with NYC DOE

Giulia is now principal at a district school in the Bronx, where she employs 10 TFA teachers.
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Eric Weingartner (NY ’92) Sets Out on Decades-Long Fight Against Poverty in NYC

Today, Eric is managing director at The Robin Hood Foundation.
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Brooklynite David Paris (NY ’93) Takes Center Stage in the Classroom

By day, David is an 8th grade English teacher at MS 88 in Brooklyn. By night, he’s an award-winning dancer. Above with his dance partner and wife, Zoe Klein.
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Monica Brady (NY ’95) Finds her Tiny Bit of Paradise in Morris Heights

Monica Brady with Francisco Cruz (NY ’14) and Radesha Piles (NY ’13), both teachers at the school where she is assistant principal.
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Nick Marinacci (NY ’96) Inspires Eighth Grader Sobella Quezada (NY ’15)

Sobella reads to a student in her Head Start class at P.S. 152, the Dyckman Valley School in Washington Heights.
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De’Shawn Wright (NY ’98) Gets His Start in Public Education

De’Shawn Wright served as New York State’s Deputy Secretary for Education under Governor Cuomo and is a member of the TFA-NY regional board. In 2012, he was a keynote speaker at the George Washington University graduation ceremony.
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Michael Vea (NY ’01) Finds his Calling in Washington Heights

Michael is now the American History teacher at KIPP Infinity Charter School, which he and five other educators founded in 2005.
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Anu Malipatil (NY ’03) Joins the Movement for Educational Equity in NYC

Anu (right) and fellow TFA-NY Young Professionals Committee member Caroline Woodruff Hodkinson (Charlotte ’08) wrap toys for TFA-NY’s holiday gift drive.
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Katie Castellano Minaya (NY ’04) Meets Oscar

Katie taught Oscar in second grade; 10 years later, she attended his high school graduation.
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Carey Ma (NY ’05) Begins a 10-Year Career at Frederick Douglas Academy

Carey has served as an English teacher at his TFA placement school for 10 years. Above, he poses with a group of his former students that came home to speak to students about their experiences at college.
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Laura Reyes (NY ’07) Returns to Her Academic Roots

In 1995, Laura was a student in the founding class of KIPP Academy Middle School in the South Bronx. Now she’s a founding teacher at KIPP Washington Heights.
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Miriam Altman (NY ’08) Launches a Career in Tackling Truancy

Miriam is co-founder and chief executive officer of Kinvolved. She ispictured above with her business partner Alexandra Meis.
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Sydney Morris (NY ’07) & Evan Stone (NY ’07) Found Educators 4 Excellence

Sydney and Evan are the founders and co-CEOs of Educators 4 Excellence.
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Kadeem Gill (NY ’11) Comes Home to NYC to Take on Special Education

Kadeem joined TFA after graduating from Princeton in 2011.
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Patrick Wanninkhof (NY ’12) Becomes a Shining Example of Our Vision in Action

"As a teacher in the Bronx, I know that biking across America pales in comparison to the struggles my students must overcome on a daily basis."
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Mark Levine (NY ’91) Elected to New York City Council

Mark is a New York City Council Member representing the 7th District in Northern Manhattan.
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"I Want People to Know My Kids are Brilliant" —Allison Schulze (NY ’14)

Allison is a social studies teacher at a middle school in the South Bronx. Her own experience attending NYC public schools inspired her to join TFA after college.
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Maimuna Mohammed (NY ’15) Takes Her 20-Year Career in Early Education to the Next Level

Maimuna (top row, third from left) poses with rest of the 2015 Early Childhood Education (ECE) corps members during TFA-NY’s ECE Institute.
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Together, we brought these leaders—and thousands like them—to NYC’s movement for educational equity.

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A Solid Foundation

A Word From Our Executive Director

Charissa Fernandez“At 25, our Teach For America ‒ New York family is more than 5,000 teachers, leaders, and supporters strong. Their individual accomplishments have shown us what’s possible, and together, they form the foundation for the future. This solid foundation ensures that in our lifetime, all NYC kids will have the opportunity to attend great neighborhood schools—schools that support, inspire, and challenge them to become the leaders our city needs. There is still plenty of work to do, but I know we can rise to the challenge, together. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to make this work possible.”

Charissa L. Fernández,
Executive Director,
Teach For America—New York
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A Note From Our Board Chair

Linnea Conrad RobertsDear Friends, I am humbled and proud to address you as the new Chair of the Teach For America-New York Board of Advisors...

Linnea Conrad Roberts
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It Takes a City

It takes advocates in every corner of NYC coming together to create a more equitable future for NYC’s kids and communities.

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Thank You to Our Cornerstone Funders

Your support has been pivotal to the results we’ve achieved over the past quarter century and has built a solid foundation for our work today.

Cornerstone Funders

Thank You to All Supporters in Fiscal Year 2015

We are grateful for all of the generous supporters who have made the work in this report possible.
Our 2015 Donors

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Special thanks to Neuberger Berman for donating time and resources in the production of this report.

Teach For America – New York Board

Joseph V. Amato
Tim Armstrong
Bodie Brizendine
Feroz Dewan
Jerry Donini
Jacob Grossman
Sue Lehmann

Scott Nuttall
Nancy Peretsman
Larry Robbins
Linnea Conrad Roberts (Chair)
David S. Williams
De’Shawn A. Wright*
Mark Zurack

*indicates TFA Alumni

We are also deeply grateful to the following individuals, all of whom served on the Teach For America-New York Board in Fiscal Year 2015:

Timothy Coleman
Millard Drexler

Robert H. Niehaus
Howard Schiller

Young Professionals Committee

Albért Auclair
Michael Cox*
Daniel Delaney
James Walter Doyle*
Claire Elowitt*
Rex Farrand*
Allie Fleder
Briggs Fraser
Carolyn Harbaugh*
George Hayward
Jamie Helwig
Caroline Woodruff Hodkinson*
Michael Kosty**
Anu Malipatil*
Virginia Maloney
Kalima Mayo-Perez

Peter McCall
Peter McCall
Daniel Officer
Jaimeson Rice
Sarah Nanasi Russell
Nicole Schiller
Andrew Senter*
Charles Shannon*
Jason Shapiro*
Adam Simon
Adam Sklar (Chair)**
Hannah Turro
Sean Tynan*
Adrian Uribarri*
Daniel Velasco*

*indicates TFA Alumni
**YPC Founder

We are deeply grateful to the following individuals, all of whom served on the Teach For America-New York Young Professionals Committee in Fiscal Year 2015:

Rajeev Chanderraj
Hilary Davis
Karen Dhillon
Naima Garvin
Tim Gilliss

Rob Meyerhoff
Daniel Michalow
Ryan Mooney
Nicholas Morris


Fiscal Year 2015

See below for expenses incurred and support received in the fiscal year ending May 31, 2015. We are committed to using our resources in service of our mission.

Operating Expenses

81% of our costs are related directly to recruiting, hiring, developing, and supporting our corps members and alumni.

Breakdown of Program and Supporting Services

  • $2.6M (13%) Ongoing engagement and support of 4,300 alumni working in all sectors across the city
  • $2.5M (12%) Intensive summer training for 400 new teachers
  • $2.8M (14%) Recruit, select, & place 230 talented new teachers
  • $8.5M (42%) Robust & differentiated support for 800 first- and second-year teachers

Sources of Support

FY15: Three-year costs for each of the 800 teachers in our NYC corps

Recruitment, hiring, and training $22,328
Robust support throughout year one $12,914
Robust support throughout year two $12,914
Total 3-year cost per corps member $48,156

Over half of TFA’s funding comes from individuals

Our work is made possible by generous supporters who are committed to achieving educational equity in New York City. Will you join them?

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