Featured Alumni

Nearly 4,000 alumni around the world make a difference every day in schools, education organizations and in the lives of students. Below are a selection of alumni who have shown extraordinary leadership.
  • Laroilyn Davis, HDS '05 -  Founder and director of Young Gifted and Black, a group formed to address the low self-esteem and pride of African American youth in the Bay Area. This group of students from over 20 schools are 6-17 years old and teach Black history through historic poetry, freedom songs, contemporary rap and personal narratives. The group performs at numerous events in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Vincent Dotoli, PSL '02 - Founder and head of school at Harlem Academy, a non-profit, private K-8 school serving students in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City since 2004. The average student pays just $3,000 (sliding scale) and makes eleven percentage points improvement on standardized tests in their first year at the school.
  • Kevin Jennings, JKF '94 - Founder of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) and recipient of the Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.  Kevin and partner Jeff Davis created the Jennings-Davis Scholarship Fund at Teachers College, which supports students with a demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ issues. Kevin is the author/editor of a number of books; "One Teacher in Ten"​ grew from his work as a Klingenstein Fellow (JKF). His most recent work is "One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium.
  • Alec Lee, JKF '94 - Co-founder and executive director of Aim High, a summer program serving over 1,900 middle school students in underserved neighborhoods in the San Francisco area.  Aim High received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Collaboration from the National Partnership for Educational Access; this is just the most recent of many awards the program has received. 
  • Candice Carpenter Olson, LA '07 - Founder and co-CEO of the Fullbridge program which addresses the transition between higher education and the workplace by working with universities, businesses, and government ministries. The most recent project involves an e-learning program closing the skills gap for more than 1,500 women in Saudi Arabia. Candice was also a co-founder of iVillage women's network, a founding board member of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and mother of seven children.
  • Daniel Kikuji Rubenstein, LA '07 -  Co-founder and executive director of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. Daniel and Luyen Chou founded Brooklyn Prospect in 2009 with 100 6th grade students; the school has grown to a K-12 that will graduate its first senior class in 2016.  
  • Stephen Valentine, KSI '02 - Currently the director of academic leadership at Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey and the editor of the Klingbrief Newsletter. Stephen is a frequent contributor to educational publications and his first book "Everything but Teaching: Planning, Paperwork and Processing" was published in May 2009.  His second book, "Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off," co-written with Dr. Reshan Richards, is to be released soon. Stephen's poetry has been published in Hotel AmerikaBroken Bridge Review, and the anthology Red White and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (2004, University of Iowa Press). His first documentary film, "Somebody Loves Me: The Life and Music of Prentis Richardson," won Best Documentary at the Nolita Film Festival in New York City and a Director’s Choice award at the Park City Film Music Festival. 
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