Winnick Family Foundation Funds Teach For America Member Chris Akel

August 5, 2009

More than 2,000 Teach For America teachers, called corps members, have taught in L.A.-area public schools, reaching some 160,000 students. By 2010, program administrators expect that there will be nearly 1,500 alumni pursuing educational careers in the Los Angeles area, 60 will be running schools, and 10 or more will hold elective office.

When teacher Chris Akel applied to join Teach For America, he was ready for the challenge of teaching in an underserved urban or rural community – something very unlike the surburban neighborhoods he grew up in on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee.

Gary Winnick, Chairman of Pacific Capital Group and Founder of the Winnick Family Foundation, said: “We have been pleased to support Teach For America for the past six years. L.A. was one of the organization’s original charter regions and since then, more than 2,000 Teach For America teachers, called corps members, have taught in L.A.-area public schools, reaching some 160,000 students. Teach For America is a much-respected national program, but it has our Foundation’s interest because it has been making a particular and major impact on elementary and secondary education in Los Angeles since the program’s inception in 1990.”

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