ST. LOUIS Michelle Rhee will speak to students, staff and community members about her 18 years
of experience in the American education system and where that system needs to improve. Rhee began
her career in education in Baltimore, Maryland as a recruit of Teach For America. Rhee stayed with the
program for three years, teaching at a Harlem Park Community School within the city limits.
In 1997 Rhee founded The New Teacher Project, a non-profit organization that works to bring more
excellent teachers to classrooms across the country. Her work implemented widespread reform in teacher
hiring practices, placing 23,000 new, high-quality teachers in schools throughout Atlanta, Baltimore,
Chicago, Miami, New York, Oakland and Philadelphia.
In 2007, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty selected Rhee to replace superintendent of D.C. public schools Clifford
Janey and become the schools' new chancellor. Under her leadership, the worst performing school district
in the country became the only major city system to see double-digit growth in both their state reading and
math scores in seventh, eighth and tenth grades.
In 2010 Rhee resigned as chancellor and superintendent of D.C. schools and announced her new
movement, Students First, a political advocacy organizations aimed at education reform in the United
Rhee has served on the advisory boards for the National Council on Teacher Quality, National Center for
Alternative Certification, and Project REACH. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College and a
Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.
The event will take place in the Wool Ballrooms in the Busch Student Center at 7 PM.
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