Sean Parker Named Executive Director of Teach For America—Las Vegas Valley

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Las Vegas, April 4, 2016—Teach For America today announced Sean Parker as the new executive director of the organization’s Las Vegas Valley region. Parker previously held the role of Interim Executive Director. In this role, Parker will continue managing the region’s daily operations, continue to enhance and build community partnerships and cultivate private, public and foundation support. Teach For America has been partnering with southern Nevada schools since 2004, with 220 current corps members in classrooms and more than 250 alumni working throughout the region.

"Sean is the right leader for Las Vegas Valley at the right time,” said Punam Mather, Teach For America—Las Vegas Valley Advisory Board Chair, and CEO of Punam Mather, LLC. “Sean has already had the experience of serving as Interim Executive Director over the last several months, and as a Teach For America alumnus, he understands what it takes to work together to enhance educational opportunities for all children in our area. I know he will bring the strategic insight, creativity, and spirit of partnership to this role that will take our work in Las Vegas Valley to the next level. I join the rest of our regional board in wishing Sean congratulations!”

Parker graduated from the University of Southern California where he majored in Neuroscience as a Trustee Scholar. He was selected into the 2009 Teach For America—Bay Area corps where he taught high school science and math and has been a part of the organization ever since. Prior to his term as Interim Executive Director, Parker served as the Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development where he led the Las Vegas Valley team in creating innovative learning resources and programming for the organization’s teachers. As a first generation American, Parker is committed to helping ensure that every child has access to excellent educational opportunities because of the sacrifices his family made and the lessons they taught him about the critical importance of a great education in building a successful life.

“The future of Las Vegas Valley is in our classrooms, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to build on last year’s work and lead Teach For America—Las Vegas Valley,” said Parker. “I am excited to launch a new regional vision to continue recruiting and mobilizing great teacher leaders working towards ending educational inequity. Las Vegas is a place only limited by our imagination, and for the sake of our kids, we must imagine an education ecosystem of innovative and community responsive schools that afford all students with the opportunities they deserve. There is great need in our community, but there is also great opportunity. And I am committed to working with our families and supporters to make sure southern Nevada students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and mindsets to excel in school and society.”

As the leader of the Las Vegas Valley region, Parker will continue his work to enhance and expand the lifetime impact of Teach For America’s corps members and alumni within the Clark County School District (CCSD).  Since 2004, the region’s corps members and alumni have been working with students growing up in poverty, and been part of cross-sector partnerships with organizations ranging from  the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) to Las Vegas Sands Corporation that are sparking sustainable change. Parker is also leading the team in redesigning and expanding alumni support and professional development as Las Vegas Valley alumni are stepping into an increasing number of leadership roles impacting low-income children and families.

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, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors 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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