Senator Barbara A. Mikulski to Receive Teach For America Lifetime Achievement Award

Mikulski Honored for Efforts to Increase Educational Equity for Students


Baltimore, February 3, 2016—This week, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) will be recognized with the Teach For America Lifetime Achievement Award for her continued efforts to expand educational opportunities for students in Maryland and across the nation. Mikulski is the only member of Congress, in Teach For America’s history, to be honored in this way by Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard and founder Wendy Kopp.

“Our Congressional champions have played an instrumental role in growing Teach For America’s impact in our first 25 years. Their support for critical funding and key policy provisions  has helped expand educational opportunity for children growing up in poverty across the country and inspired thousands of individuals to join the fight for educational equity and excellence,” said Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard. “I am thankful for leaders like Senator Mikulski who are committed to ensuring that all children in this nation have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”

Mikulski was selected for her years of unwavering support in Maryland and Washington, D.C. for Teach For America, quality alternative certification programs, and working to create and support competitive grants such as Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED), that enable excellent teacher training and support. Mikulski is also being honored for funding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers and early childhood education, as well as her unparalleled leadership on creating and sustaining AmeriCorps funding to support those willing to dedicate themselves to serving our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

“Thank you for honoring me with this tremendous award,” said Mikulski. “I want to honor the thousands of dedicated Teach For America teachers whose unshakable commitment is changing lives and changing communities. For over 25 years, Teach For America has put some of our most outstanding college graduates in some of our nation’s most challenging schools, meeting compelling human need and putting students on a path towards successful futures. I will continue to stand firm in my commitment to Teach For America and quality education that is a critical rung on America’s opportunity ladder.”

Teach For America has been a community partner in Baltimore since 1992. This year, as Teach For America celebrates its 25th anniversary nationally, over 220 corps members reach 12,000 local students. Another 800 alumni call Baltimore home and work from all sectors to expand opportunity for children growing up in low-income communities.

2016 Congressional Champions

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Sen. William Cassidy (R-LA)

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Chairman John Kline (R-MN)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Rep.  Bobby  Scott (D-VA))

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

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 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.