Our Story

Over the last 16 years, our corps has grown into a regional network of teachers with more than 219 alumni who are invested in the communities we serve. They believe strongly in the hard work of our young people and continue to build innovative partnerships that will change outcomes for thousands of students. This work is always student-focused and community-led.

While New Mexico still has a long journey to ensure that all students have access to an excellent education, our collective charge to bring about change is stronger than ever. The communities in our region have a rich and diverse history. Despite a legacy of trauma and perpetuation of violence towards indigenous language, land, and traditions, native culture remains a vibrant and powerful force in our state.

Today, educational outcomes are poor where in many places fewer than 50 percent of our students will graduate from high school. Our region believes without hesitation that our students have the power to change this narrative. There is an enormous opportunity for Teach For America – New Mexico to work alongside schools and communities to prepare students to be authentic leaders for their tribal nations. We will work together to ensure our young people are ready for college and beyond.

As a Native Alliance Initiative region, we are deeply engaged in the effort to develop student leaders and to ensure we are employing culturally responsive teaching techniques so that history, culture, and language are honored. We have parents, elders, alumni, corps members, school administrators, and community leaders that advise, advocate, and hold us accountable through our newly created Regional Advisory Board.

Our team inherently believes in strengthening the sovereignty of native communities. This is why we are committed to recruiting more teachers that are indigenous and partnering with schools across the Navajo Nation, the Pueblo of Zuni, and the small towns in between.

2001

Year Partnership Established

42

Total Corps Size

219

Alumni in the Region

Teaching in New Mexico

Top Stories

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By Tim Kennedy
February 28, 2017
How can educators stop the brain drain that threatens the survival of a nation’s language and culture? By building a computer science education ecosystem.
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By Susan Brenna
February 21, 2017
Now that city-dwelling Americans are tuning in to places like Harlan County, educators, students and entrepreneurs would like to set a few things straight.
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By Ting Yu
September 20, 2016
Can incentives like debt relief and no-interest loans inspire more people to become teachers?
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By Tim Kennedy
June 8, 2016
Teaching is hard. Fawning over these photos is easy. We're not ashamed.
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By Ting Yu
December 11, 2014
A New Mexico alum sets out to give Navajo students the option she never had.

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Regional Office

303 South First Street
Gallup
NM
87301