What CCE should Learn from Teach for America

Thursday, June 25 | 2:30-3:15pm

  • Urban Education

This panel will feature Jeremy Mann, Ricky Johnson, and Daniel Hill, all began their education careers in Teach for America, a reform movement that recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two years in urban and rural communities throughout the United States. They have since all worked to start The Field School, an urban classical Christian school in Chicago, IL. While there are many things they’ve had to unlearn from their TFA days, in the spirit of “plundering the Egyptians” these CCE urban education leaders will unpack what key insights and practices they think all schools should learn from Teach from America does well.

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Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. from Hampton University and began his career as a teacher in Houston, TX. After completing his ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. Hill had the privilege of attending Wheaton College for his doctoral studies where he researched the intersection of ecclesiology and anthropology. Dr. Hill was the founding Dean of Instuction at The Field School and served as a board member. His research interests include ecclesiology, theological anthropology, and political theology.

Jeremy Mann

Jeremy Mann has served as Head of School since founding The Field School in 2017. Jeremy began his career as a special education teacher in a low-income public school in Los Angeles, then worked as a teacher coach in Chicago with Teach For America. He has a B.A. in philosophy and great books from Biola University, an M.A. in special education with an emphasis in urban education from Loyola Marymount University, and an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The Field School is an intentionally diverse, classical Christian school that started in 2017 on the Westside of Chicago. The school serves 121 students from PreK to 6th grade--a quarter of the students enrolled come from families with household incomes less than $20,000, another quarter with household incomes over $120,000. Jeremy Mann and his wife Erin helped lead the community of parents that started the school.

Rickey Peterson

Rickey Peterson currently serves as the Assistant Dean at The Field School. Prior to TFS, he served as the Pastor of Operations for Judson Baptist Church. Rickey has worked in education in Chicago as a teacher (Urban Prep Charter Academy), administrator (MathPlus Site Lead at Dulles School of Excellence), and mentor (Hirsch High School). Rickey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Shaw University, a historically black university in Raleigh, North Carolina and He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Moody Theological Seminary. Rickey is married to Courtney; they currently reside in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.