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  • Sep 01, 2022

    Teacher Spotlight: Ajay Chooses Joy at AF Camp

    If Ajay had to pick his favorite moment from Achievement First (AF) Camp, it would be overhearing one of his former students describe him as “a really nice guy, but a total dork.” This is precisely what Ajay set out to do during his time as the Arts Programming Director at AF Camp. He wanted […]

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  • Sep 02, 2021

    Meet Francheska Dominique: Founding Principal of AF Envision Elementary

    Francheska Dominique is the founding principal of AF Envision Elementary in Providence, which opened its doors this school year. Tell us about yourself, where are you from? What are some of your favorite hobbies? I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to New York City when I started teaching. I now live […]

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  • Aug 26, 2021

    Meet Jessica Eddy: Founding Principal of AF Legacy Elementary

    Jessica Eddy is the founding principal of AF Legacy Elementary in Queens, NY. . Read our interview with her below to learn more about what inspired her to pursue a career in education, her favorite hobbies, and what she’s most looking forward to as the founding principal of the school. Tell us about yourself – […]

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  • Aug 05, 2021

    “If He Can Do It, Why Can’t I?” Ricardo Noel’s Story

    Ricardo Noel knows first-hand the impact a mentor and teacher can have on a student’s academic path and success in life. Ricardo was fortunate to have a friend and guide who saw and nurtured the potential in him. Now a teacher at AF Apollo Elementary and founder of a nonprofit, Ricardo has dedicated his life […]

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  • Jun 10, 2021

    Celebrating AF Leaders’ Years of Service

    Our school leaders devote their days and nights to make sure the school day runs smoothly, students are safe and learning, and teachers have the support to be effective instructors. Inspirational, trustworthy, empathetic, and bold –they are true leaders in every sense of the word. Their role is not always easy, but they remain committed […]

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  • May 20, 2021

    Celebrating AF’s Distinguished and Master Teachers

    We are thrilled to highlight this year’s Distinguished and Master Teachers! Teachers awarded these accolades spent years improving and mastering their craft while demonstrating classroom effectiveness along our Teacher Career Pathway. We launched TCP in 2011 to acknowledge and develop the talented teachers in our network and provide them with increased compensation, recognition, and professional […]

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  • May 03, 2021

    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

    Happy Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week This school year has been unlike any other. You have had to navigate remote learning, hybrid learning, and all the complexities that come with it—all amid the personal, national and worldwide challenges of this past year. And through it all, you’ve shown up for our kids, day after day, […]

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  • Jan 26, 2021

    Meet AF’s First Chief Equity Officer, De-Lea Deane-Allen

    We are thrilled to announce De-Lea Deane-Allen as AF’s first Chief Equity Officer.  About De-Lea For the past six years, De-Lea has led the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work at Achievement First – as a Director, Senior Director, and Vice-President. Thanks to De-Lea’s strong leadership and partnership, we have a significantly stronger and more diverse […]

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