On May 15, Teach for America Corps directors, members and educational leaders gathered at the home of author Michael Lewis to speak about their work and raise funds for the Sponsor a Teacher program.
“It was an amazing night,” says Trish Kelly, development coordinator for Teach for America in Greater New Orleans, “Bringing community leaders, like RSD superintendent Paul Vallas, our partners, alumni and current corps members together.”
The 2008 Corps were recently welcomed to their new post here in New Orleans so this night was chance to meet the leaders of our educational community and their sponsors. “Some of the brightest minds from all over the country have
committed to teach in our city,” Kelly says.
Those who gave $5,000 or more in support are named “sponsors.” Their
contributions fund the cost to recruit, select, train, place and provide ongoing professional support to a growing network of corps members. Sponsors are to able to chose how many teachers they wish to sponsor and are matched with a corps teacher whom they meet at Teach for America events like this.
“It was truly inspiring to see over 250 new highly-qualified teachers together in one room,” Kelly says. “They will be working relentlessly over the next two years as teachers in our schools and will be lifelong education advocates.”
The event generated over $300,000 and 55 new teacher sponsorships. Speaker Paul Vallas, superintendent of the New Orleans Recovery School District, reminded the attendants of the importance of their donations, “If you want to invest in the future of our city, invest in Teach for America.”
Nancy and Dr. Stephen Hales
Michael Lewis, Rhonda Kalifey-Aluise and Joe Aluise
Lulu and Bill Freiberg and Kay Colbert
Bob Reily, Sarah Newell Usdin, Kira Orange Jones and Andrew Wisdom