Teach for America @ Cal

Change starts with you. Teach for America is a collective force of educators, advocates, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community members working toward a more equitable future and opportunity for all. We are committed to profound systemic change, because we know equity begins with education.

You will join an extraordinary, diverse community and teach alongside some of the most remarkable and passionate advocates of your generation. As a corps member, you will have access to an unparalleled resource and support network that will help you go beyond traditional expectations to accelerate the academic and personal growth of your students. As you develop your leadership, you will gain context, clarity, and conviction to lead a life of impact from any sector or field you choose.

You will have the opportunity to partner with students and families in one of 53 regions across the nation, and can make a profound impact with students across a multitude of subjects from pre-K through grade 12.

Over 800 Cal grads have joined Teach For America and are working in a variety of sectors after completing their core commitments, including education, business, STEM, medicine, public policy, and more.

Selina Duran Lipscomb, Cal Recruitment Manager

Selina Duran graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Urban Planning with a passion for opening opportunities and pathways for students of color or from a low-income background. She then joined Teach for America as an elementary school for three years in Detroit, Michigan.

During her time teaching, Selina immersed herself in the community of Detroit to produce qualitative and quantitative gains with her students. While in the classroom, she rewrote the   ELA curriculum, aside a fellow TFA alumnus, to be culturally responsive, rewrote the 3rd-5th-grade math curriculum to include parent engagement and differentiation, and lead data initiatives that focused on growth and student engagement.

Selina manages Teach For America’s relationships on the West Coast and believes Cal students are the best positioned to fulfill Teach for America’s mission of providing an equitable education for all students, and potentially go on to create systemic change in our society.


If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact Selina at selina.duran@teachforamerica.org.

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