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Wendy Kopp

Founder & CEO, Teach For America

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Founder and CEO of Teach For America, Wendy Kopp, on what sparked the idea for a national teaching corps while she was at Princeton, the early challenges the organization faced, and the impact TFA has had since on both students and alumni.

Wendy's Biography

Growing Up:"I feel like I just grew up really clueless to the fact that there might be limits because I was a girl."

How Friends Describe Her: "In overdrive at all moments."

College Extracurricular: Foundation for Student Communication

Jumping In Without A Plan:"I just threw myself into my passion and you know, I never thought about giving up my work."

Wendy Kopp is CEO and founder of Teach For America. The idea first came to her as a senior in college, and she proposed the concept in her senior thesis. Following graduation, she worked to make the idea come to life. Almost two decades later, Teach For America continies to make change through education in low-income communities across the country. Nearly 10,000 new corp members each year reach over 750,000 of the highest need students.
 
Kopp also serves as the chief executive of Teach For All, which is supporting the development of Teach For America's model in other countries. She is the author of One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way, and holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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