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March 2021 Alumni Blast


Join your Teach For America Network in Chattanooga to learn about the work that is being done to promote equity in the city by other community partners, and reflect on how we are best positioned to contribute given our unique identities.


Dear TFAmily,


Last week eight people, including six Asian women, were murdered at three spas in the Atlanta area. Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Sun Cha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng were killed in a senseless, racist, and misogynist attack that unfortunately was not an isolated incident.


Since the start of the pandemic, Anti-AAPI violence has surged, with over 3,800 attacks reported in the last 12 months alone, but we cannot talk about anti-Asian racism and xenophobia as if it is new and isolated, because it is not. Our country has a long history of targeting the AAPI community, and that racism has only been exacerbated by xenophobic rhetoric throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


To our AAPI colleagues and community, our Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga team & network stands in solidarity with you and wants you to know we see you, are here for you, and reject any form of racism and hate against our communities.


We all have the opportunity to create a new era of justice and solidarity—if we choose to take action. We would like to share this piece written by Soukprida Phetmisy (she/they), who leads Teach For America’s national Asian American and Pacific Islander Alliances. Soukprida elevates ways that you can show up in solidarity with the AAPI community, with education, resources, and your voice.


I'd like to close with her words, which speak to the work we must all do in our pathway as antiracist educators and community members. We look forward as a team to doing this work alongside each of you.


"We must always include, within our anti-racism work, a critical understanding of anti-Asian racism, where it stems from, and how it persists in our lives and especially within our own institutions. And for us within AAPI communities, while we honor our pain and our rage and take the actions we need to heal, when we do call for this solidarity we cannot, in the same breath, call on the systems that continue to oppress all other BIPOC Communities.” -Soukprida Phetmisy


In solidarity together,

Rachel, Colby & Juan Pablo Alumni Leadership Team

Alumni Action Event | Equity Chatt

Join your Teach For America Network in Chattanooga to learn about the work that is being done to promote equity in the city by other community partners, and reflect on how we are best positioned to contribute given our unique identities.


Date: Thursday, April 22th, 2021

Time: 6 PM EST


Learn more and register here.

Anti-AAPI Violence

  • Condemning Anti-Asian Violence Requires More Than Words: Anti-AAPI violence has surged since the start of the pandemic. We have the opportunity to create a new era of justice and solidarity—if we choose to take action.

  • Teaching Tolerance: After a shooting spree in Georgia took the lives of eight people—including six Asian American women—it’s important to pause, check in and prioritize care.

Women's History Month

  • Working to Shatter Education's Glass Ceiling: The vast majority of U.S. teachers are women, but fewer than a third of district superintendents are women. What created a gender gap in such a female-driven profession.

  • LEE celebrates the achievements and contributions of women making a difference for kids and communities by lifting up just a few of the 30,000+ diverse women LEE members who are at the forefront of the movement for equity. Learn more here.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago

To combat the current rise in harassment and discrimination and to also proactively prepare for the future increase of hate incidents, Advancing Justice is partnering with Hollaback! and CAIR to plan and implement an aggressive scaling up of locally-led bystander hate incident intervention trainings for community members.


Learn more and register here.


Tennessee Educators of Color Fellowship

The Tennessee Educators of Color (TEC) Fellowship, convened by the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance is a teacher leadership opportunity that will develop, connect and elevate teachers of color in the areas of policy, advocacy and leadership skills in order to improve outcomes for students in Tennessee. Learn more and apply here by March 29th.


TFA Nashville-Chattanooga Job Board

Find our most recent education openings.


Talent Matching Questionnaire

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TFA Connect

Find employers throughout the world looking to hire TFA alumni here.


Hire Alumni

Want to hire from our incredible network of over 900 alumni in our Nashville-Chattanooga region? You can now submit your role directly to the online job board here.

Diverse Leaders Network | Free Masters in Ed Leadership

The intent of the Diverse Leaders Network is to increase diversity among school leaders in Tennessee, including increasing the number of educators of color, by strengthening the leadership pipeline for diverse candidates.


Learn more and apply hereby March 31st.


Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

The Minority Teaching Fellows Program is intended to encourage talented minority Tennesseans to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. The award is $5,000 per year for students who pursue a teacher certification at an eligible Tennessee college or university. Learn more and apply here by April 15th.



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