Wendy Kopp

Jenna Bao, Staff Writer

Wendy Kopp, born June 29, 1967, has founded two educational organizations in order to enlist the promising youth to impact others, Teach for All and Teach for America.

For Kopp’s senior thesis project at Princeton University, she developed the concept for Teachers of America, a teacher corps for students right out of top colleges to make a real difference and teach in high-need urban and rural schools. Today, the program has over 11,000 recent graduates and professionals in two-year teaching commitments and fighting education inequity.

In 2008, Kopp co-founded Teach for All, an international organization comprised of 38 independent groups across the globe, including Kopp’s Teach for America and the U.K.’s Teach First.  The mission is to set up programs like Teach for America and give children everywhere equal opportunities for education.

Kopp has received numerous awards for her work, including being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010.