Stories

Read the latest news and stories from the Chicago-Northwest Indiana community and learn more about our work.

 

Alumni
December 6, 2017
After several years at Google, Andrew Rowland knew he wanted to combine his passion for technology with his passion for teaching. From this, Classkick was born, a platform used in tens of thousands of classrooms around the world.
Education & Issues
November 22, 2017
When Hurricane Maria hit their home of Puerto Rico, corps members Nicole Tester and Katina Garcia-Hermida were thousands of miles away. Learn how they are supporting Chicago's relief efforts, and what steps you can take to help Puerto Rico recover and rebuild.
Alumni Students & Communities
November 13, 2017
In honor of our first ever Alumni Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked Anthony Zarate (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '13) to share what it means to lead his classroom. He discusses the power of teaching, and shares thoughts from his students on what leadership means to them.
Students & Communities
November 10, 2017
In college, Roberto Diaz (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16) spent months training in the Marine Corps. Learn how he took his discipline and passion for service and applied it to his Early Childhood Education classroom.
Alumni
November 6, 2017
In 2015, a group of alumni entrepreneurs came together to learn the fundamentals of starting their own ventures. Several years later, they're still growing their organizations side-by-side.
Students & Communities
October 23, 2017
In his first year of teaching, corps member Daniel O'Brien (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16) sparks a passion for environmental activism in his classroom.
Alumni
October 18, 2017
Originally set on a career in engineering, Jerry Lambrinatos (Baltimore, '07) spends his days ensuring we have an incredible community of professionals supporting our students.
Education & Issues Inside TFA
October 11, 2017
After growing up as an undocumented immigrant, corps member Jose Espinoza (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16) felt the need to support students facing the same challenges. Learn how he connects with his students over his DACA status, and through making physics accessible.
Inside TFA
September 25, 2017
Bex Schulman (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '17) has just begun her journey as a Teach For America corps member. Learn about her first few weeks in the classroom, and what she's excited about for the year ahead.
One Day
By Leah Fabel
September 22, 2017
As the leaves change and the temperatures drop, take an hour to cozy up with a book from our list of recommended reading.
Inside TFA
September 20, 2017
After a difficult few years, corps member Benjellica Jones Smyre (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16) left the classroom. She writes about how developing her emotional intelligence helped her find balance, and return as a stronger teacher.
Alumni
September 11, 2017
As the recipient of the first annual Frances and Elliot Lehman Alumni Teacher Award, Ashley McCall (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '12) set a high bar. Learn about her journey as an educator, and what culturally responsive teaching means in her classroom.
Students & Communities
August 30, 2017
Corps member Jules Hampton returned to his high school in Hammond to teach mathematics. Learn why he's so thrilled to be back in his hometown, and what was most difficult about his first year of teaching.
Alumni
August 7, 2017
Justina Schlund (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, 09) and Amy Mart (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '07) are working to create safe, supportive learning spaces for students at CPS' Office of Social and Emotional Learning.
Inside TFA
July 31, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
July 24, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
July 20, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Alumni Inside TFA
July 17, 2017
Every summer, Teach For America alumni return to where it all began. They work as coaches, school directors, operations managers — all to support our newest corps members. Meet several of these alumni, and learn why they love working at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
July 10, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
July 3, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.