Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out
Edited By Jameson T. Brewer and Kathleen deMarrais
This book – the first of its kind – provides alumni of TFA with the opportunity to share their insight on the organization. And perhaps more importantly, this collection of counter-narratives serves as a testament that many of the claims made by TFA are, in fact, myths that ultimately hurt teachers and students. No longer will alumni voices be silenced in the name of corporate and neoliberal education reform.
Chapter Sixteen: From 106th to 41st, One Chicagoan’s Experience with Teach For America and Chicago Public Schools
From 106th to 41st, One Chicagoan’s Experience with Teach For America and Chicago Public Schools
RYAN GARZA Chicago, 2011–2013
Ryan Garza was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. The son of a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher and a city ironworker, Ryan quickly learned the importance of unions. After attending Chicago Public Schools for 17 years, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Ryan taught seventh and eighth grade social studies for 2 years at Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School.
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