About Orlando

Known as the City Beautiful, Orlando is so much more than the world’s most popular vacation destination. Our city’s true strength lies in its resilience and strong sense of community. After the senseless mass shooting in 2016, our hearts were heavier than we could have imagined, but we came together to offer our support and stand in solidarity with those most closely affected by the tragedy. We’re a community that doesn’t give up; a city and group of people with the strength and resilience to overcome inequity and injustice.

Orlando is also a rich economic and cultural hub for central Florida. Striving to provide the talent to continue the economic innovation and growth of our city, Orange County Public Schools has a laser-like focus on student achievement and expanding opportunities for the students they serve. The 11th largest district in the country and the fourth largest in Florida, they have been recognized for the progress they’ve made towards expanding educational opportunity for students in their schools. Even so, 60 percent of eighth graders living in poverty in the district are not considered proficient in reading.

But with the support of the community, strong strategic leadership from the district, and relentless work of many dedicated organizations including Teach For America, we can make a world-class education a reality for all students in Orlando.


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Students & Communities
March 29, 2018
On February 10th the mighty Mustangs of Meadowbrook Middle School brought home several wins from the University of Central Florida’s Southeastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering (SECME) Regional Competition.
Students & Communities
March 29, 2018
TFA-Orlando is honored to have the support of our local Florida Blue Foundation.
Inside TFA
March 29, 2018
Taylor Vickery—a 2017 TFA-Orlando corps member—has exemplified what it means to show leadership and zeal where it matters most: the classroom.
One Day
September 19, 2017
As we hear from our friends and colleagues in Florida, we will update this page on ways you can help with immediate needs and longer-term recovery.
Inside TFA
By Lauren Chianese, Samantha Hoare, Saffiyah Madraswala, Tim'm West and Darryl D. Willie
June 15, 2016
Members of Teach For America’s staff came together to reflect on the recent mass shooting in Orlando and assess how the intersectionality of the tragedy impacts members across our communities.
Inside TFA
By Monique Rae Valerio
December 18, 2015
Monique Rae Valerio is a 2015 Teach For America corps member who teaches third grade in Orlando, FL. In the following post she reflects on what it’s like to be a first-year teacher in a new TFA region.

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