Teach For America-South Carolina Leader Selected for Pahara Institute NextGen Network

Local Teach for America Leadership Team Member is One of 24 Selected from across the Nation to Help Strengthen the Movement for Educational Excellence and Equity


North Charleston, S.C., August 15, 2016—Teach For America–South Carolina is proud to announce the selection of Charles McDonald, Senior Managing Director of External Affairs, as a Pahara Institute NextGen fellow for fall 2016. Alongside 23 leaders from across the country, McDonald will participate in the Pahara Institute’s 12 month leadership development program, which seeks to develop senior leaders with the potential to strengthen and influence the educational equity movement.

According to Pahara Institute Founder and CEO, Kim Smith, Pahara realizes the importance of supporting exceptional leaders in their work towards achieving excellence and equity for all public school children and building high quality learning environments. “This talented and diverse group of NextGen Network leaders demonstrates the creative leadership that our movement needs, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Pahara community,” said Smith.

McDonald currently leads Teach For America–South Carolina’s fundraising efforts, communications work, and district and state partnerships. Teach For America recruits, develops and mobilizes leaders to strengthen the movement for educational equity. Before joining Teach For America staff, McDonald was a part of the Education Pioneers program and worked as a program manager for the Analyst and Graduate School Fellowship programs in Boston. McDonald also spent six years organizing employment and educational justice grassroots programs in Minnesota and California.

“Charles has proven himself as a visionary who can make big ideas come to life, resulting in significant contributions at Teach For America–South Carolina and throughout his career,” said Josh Bell, Teach For America–South Carolina executive director. “South Carolina is fortunate to have his leadership, and we are thrilled that Charles will contribute to such a dynamic national education leadership network, and look forward to his continued impact going forward.”

The full list of NexGen Leaders selected for Pahara’s fall 2016 cohort can be found here.

“It’s an honor to be selected to partner with such strong leaders from all over the country who are working with a mutual interest to move the needle on educational equity,” said McDonald. 

Teach For America joined the South Carolina education community with 30 corps members in 2011. Last school year, there were over 160 corps members reaching approximately 13,000 students in the Midlands, Pee Dee, and Lowcountry communities. Teach For America–South Carolina alumni have taken their leadership beyond the classroom—volunteering at local churches for after school tutoring, leading clubs like CS First and robotics, working in school leadership positions, and working for or with local organizations contributing to expanding opportunity—in order to advance educational equity from both inside and outside of the classroom.

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 53 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.