In 2008, as an undergrad at Columbia University, George Stern taught teen inmates at Rikers Jail in New York as part of his coursework for a class on the U.S. prison system. In response to an assignment he gave his students, one teen wrote about his fear of not being able to find a job and returning to a life of dealing drugs.
For George, it was a defining moment in which he knew he wanted to play a role in reforming an education system that he believed was failing high-need students. Soon after, he joined Teach For America and became a math teacher at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs, CO.
This week, along with more than 70 of his fellow Teach For America corps members, George is traveling in Israel on a 12-day leadership development program supported by our Foundation and the Samberg Foundation, in partnership with Teach For America. As participants on REALITY Israel, they will explore Israel through a service and education lens and engage in self-reflection and learning. Read More »