Almost a decade ago the Jacksonville community helped us ramp up to become a vital part of the solution to improve educational prospects for students in Duval County. Teach For America – Jacksonville launched with 50 corps members, and since then we have brought more than 500 high quality teachers to Jacksonville who have directly affected the lives of over 13,000 low-income and minority students across Duval County.
Corps members such as Lauren Martin (Jacksonville Corps ‘10) are proving that any student, when given the opportunity, can succeed. In only her first year of teaching fourth grade at Pinedale Elementary during the 2010-2011 school year, Lauren's class set a school record for highest overall achievement on the FCAT Writing Test and was instrumental in catapulting Pinedale from an “F” rated school to an “A” in only one year. Sucesses like this are helping us build toward a scale that will allow us to effect transformational change across the entire city. Today, the Teach For America – Jacksonville corps includes more than 200 excellent teachers who will directly impact over 25 percent of all low-income and minority students in Duval County.
Although we face a daunting challenge in ending educational inequity in our city, we are inspired by our proven success and committed to the justness of our cause.