Teach For America California Capital Valley

About TFA-CCV

Our Region

New Boundaries

We are a growing movement of leaders focused on moving the boundaries on what is possible in education. To do this we are building a diverse network of leaders focused on systems change and inspiring fierce advocates for excellence and equity in education so that students across our region learn, lead and thrive. Students in California are driven to lead the future of their classrooms, schools, and community. In partnership with our communities, and alongside our students, we work to re-imagine and re-define the boundaries on what is possible so that students in the California Capital Valley are prepared to shape the world for themselves and all of us. Today there are nearly 50 corps members and over 500 alumni working with thousands of students across the California Capital Valley. Every day we are focused on ensuring students in our classrooms and schools have the opportunity to learn the necessary knowledge and skills, grow in their unique leadership potential, and access opportunities that mark the path of economic mobility.

Rich History, Alternative Future

The Great Central Valley is one of the most ecologically diverse environments in the world including deserts, grasslands, foothills and rivers that have supplied life, health and vitality for generations beginning with Yukot communities over a millennia ago. Today, the Valley includes growing metropolitan areas like Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield that grew exponentially with the influx of people moving in from across the country and around the world. Over the last 100 years, wide swaths of pristine land have been transformed through large scale agriculture, suburban sprawl, and population growth. The economic change has brought some of the most innovative and disruptive technology that continues to reshape opportunities, jobs, and pathways to economic mobility for students. We envision a future in which our students not only understand the language and structure of this rapidly changing reality but become the designers and architects of our future jobs, economy, and politics.

Progress and the Path Ahead

While there has been tremendous progress in education we know there is still work to be done to ensure every student has the opportunity for an excellent education. On average, 25% of students in our region read on grade level in 3rd grade and fewer than 25% are on grade level in 8th-grade math. And yet, schools like Yav Pem Saub Academy in Sacramento, where our corps members and alumni teach, the number of students at grade level has doubled in the past 3 years. And, while fewer than 30% of students score a 21 or higher on the ACT, in Stockton Unified, where we have a critical mass of corps members and alumni, that number has grown from 36% to 51% over the last 4 years. These are important milestones on the path to economic mobility. And, this type of progress has given us important insight into how we can continue to see meaningful change and the type of leadership necessary to make this change a reality.

Our Alumni Leadership Board

Shannon Wheatley

2004 Rio Grande Valley | CEO & Founder | Lane Consulting

Melissa Pascoa

2012 Detroit | Program Specialist | Elk Grove Unified School District

Shunte Banks

2014 Greater New Orleans| Education Specialist | Aspire Alexander Twilight

Mariko Kawashima

2014 Jacksonville | Manager of Development | GO Public Schools

Kaitlin Hernandez

2018 California Capital Valley | 2nd grade Teacher | KIPP Bay Area

Kimberly Mundhenk

2002 Los Angeles | Education Research &
Evaluation Consultant | California Department of Education

Julia Sweeney

2011 Mississippi Delta | Director of Sales | Edcite

Elysa Vargas

2006 Los Angeles | Director, Partnership Engagement | Instruction Partners

Sable Mensah Fulmore

2011 New York | CEO & Founder | Equitable Outcomes LLC

Brett Barley

2004 Bay Area | Superintendent | California Montessori Project

Our Regional Advisory Board

Scott Richards

Executive Director | TFA-CCV

Kathy McKim

Senior Vice President | Hawksbill Group

Monique Brown

Co-founder and Managing Director | Growth Factory

Olivia Cano

Community Engagement & Events Manager | Greater Sacramento Economic Council

Beth Broome

Senior Advisor to the Provost | UC Davis

Juan P. Novello

Vice President | Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Jamie Von Sossan

CEO | 3fold Communications

Delia Estrada

Social Impact Leader | Comcast

Our Team

Scott Richards

Executive Director

Brooklynn Pham

Senior Managing Director of Leadership Development

Maura Capps

Director of Network Learning

Ryan Almazan

Manager of Program Experience

Jonathan Yang

Director of Communications