Wendy Sue Kopp
June 29, 1967
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Princeton University (Bachelors of Art)|
Wendy Sue Kopp (born June 29, 1967) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent nonprofit organizations working to expand educational opportunity in their own countries and the Founder of Teach For America (TFA), a national teaching corps.
Wendy Kopp attended Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas and later was an undergraduate in the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She received her Arts Baccalaureate degree from Princeton in 1989 and was a member of Princeton's Business Today and the University Press Club.
Teach For America
In 1989, Kopp proposed the creation of Teach For America in her 177-page long senior thesis titled "An Argument and Plan for the Creation of the Teachers Corps" which she completed under the supervision of Marvin Bressler. She was convinced that many in her generation were searching for a way to assume a significant responsibility that would make a real difference in the world and that top college students would choose teaching over more lucrative opportunities if a prominent teacher corps existed.
Shortly after graduating from Princeton, Kopp founded Teach For America. In 1990, 500 recent college graduates joined Teach For America’s charter corps.
In 2007, Kopp founded Teach For All, a global network of independent nonprofit organizations that apply the same model as Teach For America in other countries.
In 2013, Kopp transitioned out of the role of CEO of Teach For America and named Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matt Kramer as co-CEOs of the organization. Villanueva Beard assumed full leadership in September 2015. Today, Kopp remains an active member of Teach For America's board.
Kopp chronicled her experiences at Teach For America in two books, One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way and A Chance To Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education For All.
According to 2012 online records, Kopp makes at least $416,876 per year.
- Honorary doctorates
- 2014: University of Oklahoma
- 2013: Boston University
- 2012: Harvard University
- 2010: Marquette University
- 2009: Washington University of St. Louis
- 2008: Georgetown University
- 2007: Mount Holyoke College
- 2007: Rhodes College
- 2004: Pace University
- 2004: Mercy College
- 2001: Smith College
- 2000: Princeton University
- 1995: Connecticut College
- 1995: Drew University
- 2011: Spelman College National Community Service Award
- 2008: The Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
- 2008: Presidential Citizens Medal
- 2008: Ashoka Fellowship
- 2006: Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement
- 2006: The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education Award
- 2004: The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award
- 2003: The Clinton Center Award for Leadership and National Service
- 2003: The Schwab Foundation's Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award
- 1994: Aetna's Voice of Conscience Award
- 1994: The Citizen Activist Award from the Gleitsman Foundation
- 1993: Princeton University Woodrow Wilson Award
- 1991: The Jefferson Award for Public Service
- 1991: Echoing Green Fellowship
- Patel, Ushma, Marvin Bressler, sociologist, education pioneer and mentor, dies, News at Princeton, Princeton University, July 9, 2010 12:42 p.m. ET. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
- Kopp, Wendy S. Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (ed.). "An Argument and Plan for the Creation of the Teachers Corps". Cite journal requires
- "Kopp Named MHC Commencement Speaker". 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Our History". Retrieved 2012-11-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Teach For America Founder Voted Chair of the Board". 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Compensation of Leaders (FYE 09/2012)". 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Gootman, Elissa (2011-04-10). "No Breakfast, but Bagels for Lunch". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Golden Plate Awardees of the American Academy of Achievement". www.achievement.org. American Academy of Achievement.
- "2006 Summit Highlights Photo".
Summit Host George Lucas congratulates Wendy Kopp, founder and President of Teach for America, on receiving the Gold Medal of the Academy of Achievement during the 2006 International Achievement Summit in Los Angeles.
- "National - Jefferson Awards Foundation". Jefferson Awards Foundation. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
- "Wendy Kopp, 1991 Echoing Green Fellow". 2012. Retrieved 2017-11-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Wendy Kopp Pays a Visit to the Colbert Nation". Retrieved 2007-04-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Official biography – Teach For America
- Thesis sparks thriving teacher corps – Princeton University
- Biography – John Glenn School of Public Affairs
- Wendy Kopp at IMDb
- Wendy Kopp: America's Best Leaders
Interviews and speeches:
- Feature video interview with Wendy Kopp on The Alcove with Mark Molaro
- Teaching Children – PBS
- Change the World Interviews
- 2013 Commencement Speech – Boston University
- 2009 Commencement Speech – Washington University in St. Louis
- 2008 Commencement Speech – Georgetown University
- 2007 Commencement Speech – Mount Holyoke College
- 2006 Commencement Speech – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Podcast Interview with Wendy Kopp Social Innovation Conversations, February 1, 2008
- How I Built This - Teach For America: Wendy Kopp
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- "Wendy Kopp Biography and Interview" – American Academy of Achievement