Dr. Warren Morgan Named Executive Director of Teach For America—St. Louis

Morgan Brings Over a Decade of Experience in Policy, Education, and Educational Leadership

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St. Louis, August 31, 2017—Teach For America—St. Louis today named Dr. Warren Morgan as its executive director effective September 5, 2017. Morgan will oversee all aspects of the teacher and leadership development program as it seeks to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty.

Morgan brings nearly 11 years of experience in policy and education to the role, most recently completing a prestigious White House Fellowship where he is broadening his knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, and current affairs. Prior to his time as a White House Fellow in Washington, D.C., Morgan served as the academic superintendent for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s turnaround schools. In that role, Morgan led principals in common core instructional leadership and collaborated with various stakeholders to actualize the Cleveland Plan, which is a city-wide initiative to seek quality schools for all students in Cleveland. Under Morgan’s leadership, schools outperformed the district’s graduation rate, decreased suspensions, and made significant gains in literacy and attendance.

Prior to his role with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Morgan was a principal in Chicago Public Schools, where, during his tenure, his school dramatically improved its performance for the first time in nearly 20 years. He entered the profession of education through Teach For America as a 2007 corps member in St. Louis where he taught middle school science at Yeatman-Liddell Junior High School and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2009. He began his career as a bill analyst for the Illinois Senate. Warren holds a B.A. in Psychology from Butler University, where he served as student body president, was selected as a Top 10 Student, and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He received a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from University of Missouri St. Louis, and an Ed.D. in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois–Chicago.

In his new position, Morgan will lead a network of about 600 Teach For America corps members and alumni teaching in under-resourced schools and working from the many fields that impact education to advance equity in St. Louis. His priorities include strengthening Teach For America’s efforts to expand the opportunity for every child to attain an excellent education in St. Louis area public schools; expanding Teach For America’s network of partners, corps members and alumni in the St. Louis metro area; community engagement and advocacy; and instructional leadership to support developing teachers, school leaders, and systems leaders within the Teach For America–St. Louis network.

“I believe that education and community are the gateway to life’s opportunities and the failure to provide these resources to all limits children whose access is denied from reaching their fullest potential,” said Dr. Morgan. “I am so thrilled to return to my teaching home in St. Louis to work with educators, community members, government officials, and students to ensure that one day all students in the St. Louis metro area will have access to a quality education and life.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Morgan back to St. Louis. He brings a breadth of education experience from teaching in the classroom, leading school systems and developing innovative approaches to learning while serving as a White House fellow,” said Steve Lipstein, Teach For America—St. Louis board co-chair. “His leadership and vision will help us to further our efforts in expanding opportunity for children in the St. Louis community.”

Teach For America—St. Louis was established in 2002 to recruit and develop a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, Teach For America has a network of about 600 corps members and alumni who are working alongside St. Louis area public schools to connect, expand and strengthen the movement to give every child access to a great education.  

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, corps members are teaching in 53 urban and rural regions across the country. They join a Teach For America community that is 53,000 strong, working across every sector to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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