Wendy Kopp (Founder & President of Teach For America)

wendy-kopp.jpgWendy Sue Kopp (born June 29, 1967) is the founder and president of Teach For America (TFA), the national teaching corps.

Kopp attended high school at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas and later was an undergraduate in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton in 1989 and was a member of Princeton's Business Today.

Shortly after graduation from Princeton, Kopp founded Teach For America.

In 1988, Wendy Kopp proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate thesis at Princeton University. She was convinced that many in her generation were searching for a way to assume a significant responsibility that would make a real difference in the world and that top college students would choose teaching over more lucrative opportunities if a prominent teacher corps existed.

She is the Chief Executive Officer of Teach For All, an organization that seeks to apply the methods of Teach For America to countries around the world.

Kopp chronicled her experiences in her book, One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way.

Related Links:
Wendy Kopp on Wikipedia
Teach For America