Teach For America’s Most Influential Alumni | Fast Company Magazine

This is by far the best list I’ve ever made!

Michelle Rhee, Dave Levin and others are people I really look up to.  Teach For America is a fantastic organization and I’m so proud to be associated with it!

Here is the full list and article:

Olympians Take on Fashion Week in NYC at Bergdorf Goodman!

Fashion Week got a little Olympic infusion tonight with Bergdorf Goodman’s “Play with the Pros” in conjunction with Fashion Night Out.

Olympic Speed Skating Champion Joey Cheek, Olympic Figure Skating Champion Sarah Hughes and myself along with Olympic Hopeful Georgina Bloomberg and a number of great designers including Tom Brown celebrated this night of fashion with games on the main floor of BG.

Had a great time and thank you to all the people who turned out! (Especially the fencers and Teach For America folks! Meant a lot! GO Fencing/TFA)

PS check me out competing at the Fencing Masters on November 17th at Hammerstein Ballroom! Tickets on sale now! www.fencingmastersnyc.com

Guest Teaching in East Harlem at MS 57 James Weldon Johnson Leadership Academy as part of Teach For America Week

I was a guest teacher today for an amazing bunch of 8th grades at MS 57 James Weldon Johnson Leadership Academy as part of Teach For America Week.    Brushes off the skills I honed as a 7th grade social studies teacher in Washington Heights for 3 years and returned back to the neighborhood where I attended elementary school at Central Park East I.

I definitely miss teaching and interacting with kids on a regular basis! Hope they enjoyed the visit…I wish I had smart boards when I was teaching…those things are amazing! lol

Congrats to all of the students on their hard work and recent High School acceptances!   I look forward to seeing all the great things they will do for this world in the near future.   Maybe some future Olympians in the bunch? Hope so! 

Special thanks to Mr. Peak and the principal for letting me visit their great school.  Also to Erin Brooks and Josh Dormont for being awesome escorts and all the people who are sponsoring Teach For America teachers!

Teach For America Week Celebration at the J. Crew Store Hosted by J. Crew CEO Millard Drexler and Caroline Kennedy

Can’t thank Millard Drexler, the CEO of J. Crew, and Caroline Kennedy enough for their support of Teach For America.   Had a very humbling evening with both of them and my Teach For America family at the J. Crew store on 17th and 5th to celebrate the efforts of some great leaders in New York who are supporting TFA.

I’m going to teach at a public school in Harlem tomorrow as part of Teach For America week in NYC.  So excited!

Teach For America Week:

Teach For America Week draws community leaders nationwide to support educational excellence for all children. These volunteers will visit the classrooms of Teach For America teachers, also known as corps members, and teach lessons based on their experience in business, politics, and beyond. An annual event since 1997, Teach For America Week will take place in 30 regions across the country in 2010.   

Over 20 confirmed participants are designers Kate and Andy Spade; Sherrie Westin, Sesame Workshop Chief Marketing Officer; David Westin, President of ABC News; Amy Astley, Editor in Chief Teen Vogue; Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money; stylist Frédéric Fekkai and Drew Nieporent, owner of Nobu and other Myriad Restaurant Group establishments.

More about TFA and to donate: www.teachforamerica.org

Help Teach For America While Saving 30% at Banana Republic, Gap, and Old Navy! (March 18-21st)


Dear Friends,

Please help me in supporting one of the most impactful non-profit organizations in our country, Teach For America.

All you need to do is shop this weekend – to get your coupon just click and print!

From TODAY, Thursday, March 18th – Sunday, March 21st, you can receive 30% off any in-store purchases at Banana Republic, Gap, and Old Navy — with 5% of your net purchases going to benefit Teach For America! 

To date, Gap’s Give & Get campaign has raised nearly $700,000 for Teach For America, thanks to the enthusiastic participation of our Teach For America “friends and family.”

USA Fencers For Early Childhood Literacy!

Dear Fencers and Friends, 

I’m in need of your quick  and easy (and free!) assistance to support a great cause.    In case you didn’t watch the above video, James Williams, Ben Igoe, Daryl Homer and I  (Aka The US National Men’s Saber Fencing Team) are supporting Jumpstarts world-wide campaign to promote early literacy. 

Jumpstart is a national early literacy organization and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is their annual campaign to raise awareness about the crisis that exists in early education for children in low-income communities. 

This year, Jumpstart is inviting anyone and everyone to choose the 2010 official book for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record! When you vote for your favorite book, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record’s founding sponsor and partner, the Pearson Foundation, will donate $1* to support Jumpstart’s yearlong program. *Up to $200,000 

Olympic Fencer James Williams reads at least an hour daily

Choose from one of the following children’s book titles –Blueberries for Sal, Make Way for Ducklings, Peter’s Chair, and The Snowy Day. Voting closes on February, 28. The book that receives the most votes will be announced in March and will become the centerpiece of Jumpstart’s fifth annual record-breaking campaign!

Ways to Vote:
Visit www.readfortherecord.org/vote and vote now!
You can also text your vote (up to five times)! Text the words below to 90999: 

  • BLUE to 90999 – to vote for Blueberries for Sal 
  • DUCK to 90999 – to vote for Make Way for Ducklings 
  • PETER to 90999 – to vote for Peter’s Chair 
  • SNOW to 90999 – to vote for The Snowy Day

Pass this along to your friends and family and help Jumpstart raise awareness of the crisis in early literacy!

Thank you,
Tim Morehouse 

PS I appreciate your support! www.readfortherecord.org/vote (takes 5 seconds to help raise money and make a difference!)

Teach For America Goes Olympic!

While covering the 100 day countdown to the Vancouver Olympic Celebration at Rockefeller Center I was excited to find some familiar faces!

Amongst the hundreds of local children in attendance were severeal current and former Teach For America teachers and their students!

The kids and teachers all got some pretty jazzy Olympic gear and the students got to sign autographs, meet many Olympians and ice skate! 

Now Teach For America does an ice skating event in Central Park, but I think this one might be hard to top with Olympic Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes skating with them!

Kids from Mott Hall 3 and various other schools were there! Such a perfect day.  The Olympics and TFA! 🙂