Teach For America - New Mexico
The achievement gap in New Mexico is of tremendous national consequence, especially given our historic and large Latino and Native American populations. Our student outcomes are some of the worst in the nation - Education Weekly’s 2010 "Quality Counts" report ranks New Mexico 50th in students’ “Chance for Success” and 47th in K-12 achievement, and only half of our 147,000 children growing up in poverty graduate from high school. But each day, we have new reason for optimism because despite the challenges that our students face, we increasingly see our teachers overcome conventional thought by proving that kids can succeed in these tough circumstances.
Teach For America corps members are a diverse group of outstanding individuals who share a commitment to educational excellence and equity for all students. The 2010 corps is made up of more than 4,500 recent college graduates, graduate students, and professionals from all 50 states, over 500 colleges and universities, and a variety of career backgrounds. Each corps member brings a unique perspective and set of experiences to his or her work in the classroom. In New Mexico, 130 corps members teach across the New Mexico side of the Four Corners.
Corps members in New Mexico live in one of the most spectacular parts of the country. Spread over 10,000 square miles and centered on the city of Gallup, our small towns and reservation communities are very rural, but our corps members quickly learn to call them home. Teaching in New Mexico offers the unique opportunity to work with Native American students in Native communities, and with effort and humility corps members make deep connections that last a lifetime. The New Mexico corps embraces this community spirit, and forms a tight-knit group that enjoys spending time together and exploring the outdoors.
You can volunteer in a corps member classroom or school by contacting our regional office.