Stories

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

 

Alumni
March 5, 2018
At Sleeping Bear Capital, alum Andrew Calcutt (New York City, '03) offers families safe, affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods across Chicago.
Inside TFA
February 21, 2018
In honor of Black History Month, we asked three of our African American corps members to reflect on their experiences leading classrooms across Chicago-Northwest Indiana.
One Day
By Mary Jo Madda
February 20, 2018
Alumni experts—teachers and pros working in tech—have a few things they’d like each other to know.
One Day
By Leah Fabel
February 12, 2018
Is Principal Autonomy Part of the Secret to Boosting Student Achievement?
Alumni
February 7, 2018
Learn how alumni Jesse Ilhardt (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, ’08) and Kelly Lambrinatos (St. Louis, ’07) are bringing the spirit of innovation to VOCEL, their early childhood education organization on the West Side of Chicago.
Alumni
January 29, 2018
As the Senior Manager of Fiscal and Academic Solvency at the Illinois State Board of Education, Sara R. Shaw spends her days figuring out how policy can change the education landscape for the better.
Students & Communities
January 17, 2018
Take a peek inside Sam Ciarrocchi's (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16) classroom at Chicago's St. Vincent De Paul Center, and learn how she's helping her young students become leaders.
Alumni
January 10, 2018
In 2012, the city of Chicago had plans to close Richard T. Crane High School. Learn how principal Fareeda Shabazz (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '03) helped the school start a new chapter.
Alumni
December 21, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, we asked three of our members what they're proudest of over the past year, and what their resolutions are for 2018. Kirtan Patel (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '11), a student at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, shares his thoughts below.
Alumni
December 20, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, we asked three of our members what they're proudest of over the past year, and what their resolutions are for 2018. Emily Kane (Milwaukee, '13), Education Director of GirlForward, shares her thoughts below.
Inside TFA
December 19, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, we asked three of our members what they're proudest of over the past year, and what their resolutions are for 2018. Corps member Phillip Yang (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16), a Science Teacher at Richard T. Crane Medical Prep, shares his thoughts below.
Alumni
December 13, 2017
As the head of Catalyst Maria's STEM department, Teach For America alum Rich Tolisano is tasked with preparing students for the careers of tomorrow. Learn how he and his team are bringing innovation to their curriculum.
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.