KIPP LA Teacher Wins Prestigious Nationwide Award from Teach For America
June 14, 2013
"These teachers demonstrate the power of what is possible when you approach your classroom each day with a deep understanding of who your kids and their families are and what it will take for them to be in full control of meeting their potential in the short and long term," said Eric DeSobe, Associate Director of Teaching and Leadership Development for KIPP LA Schools. "They provide an incredible example and learning opportunity for us all."
Meet Hoang Pham
Hoang Pham draws on his own experiences growing up in a low-income community (and the influence of a TFA alum who taught his college writing class) to ignite his students' determination to fight educational inequity in America with their own success through college and beyond. Anyone who doubts that first graders can think critically about community, race, and their own futures needs to spend time with Hoang's students. In addition to exhibiting a highly developed sense of social justice, they are excelling academically; as of March, 90% of his first graders were reading at least a half year above grade level, and the class was averaging over 90% on math assessments.
One of the key goals of these awards is to inspire teachers across the country and the world. Hoang and the other honorees are featured on a website only available to TFA teachers and alumni.
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