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Teach for America Coming to Appalachia

Three eastern Kentucky school districts have agreed to hire Teach for America instructors next fall. This will be the organization’s first operation in Kentucky and in Appalachia.

Teach for America places young teachers in impoverished and struggling schools, and about three fourths of the organization’s operations are in cities, the nearest being Nashville and Indianapolis.

Teach for America Appalachia will place 90 teachers in Martin, Floyd and Knox county schools over the next three years. Director Will Nash says he expects the partnership to extend beyond those three years, but not beyond Appalachia.

“Right now we’re focused on eastern Kentucky and we’re focused on our success there,” he says.