When Johnathon Williams (Charlotte Corps ’14) was a senior in high school, he wasn’t thinking about going to college. That was before first-year Corps Member Erica Jordan-Thomas (Charlotte Corps ’08) taught him in math... and in life.
After graduating from East Carolina University, Johnathon decided to come back to his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina to make a similar impact on his students. He now teaches 8th grade science at Ranson Middle School, and Erica is his assistant principal.
Fifty years ago Martin Luther King, Jr. charged Americans to take radical and urgent action towards a very basic dream--equality. Equality attained not just by changing hearts and minds, but by transforming the societal structures at the root of injustice into the very genesis of equity.
It's a dream unrealized for past generations, but for our children, it's not far from reach. With the power to see it through are:
- Teachers, who will help our children DREAM beyond all perceived limits - Teachers, who will help our children RISE to every challenge - Teachers, who will DO whatever it takes to prove to our children that a dream can be more
Teach For America is growing the force of leaders committed to ensuring that all kids have an education that expands their opportunities and gives them more choices in life. Leadership through TFA begins in the classroom, where corps members spend at least two years in low-income communities teaching students and helping them reach their full potential. Through teaching, they develop the skills, mindsets, and relationships necessary to become lifelong advocates for students and join a nation-wide network of change-makers.