As a teacher with Teach for America, at Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis, Indiana the L.I.F.T. Foundation supported a field trip of 11th and 12th graders to DePauw University. The students had the rare opportunity to hear former President Bill Clinton speak to students about their responsibility to build a better world. The students also had a tour of the college campus, with a close up look at their college radio center. This experience led to challenging and thought provoking conversation and writing that only was possible with the foundations support. Ms. Kozlowski even drove students to DePauw, getting to know these students even better.

Additionally the L.I.F.T. Foundation provided funding for me to purchase personal copies of a novel taught last spring. Not only were students able to take notes in the margins and highlight key passages in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, these students were able to personalize their reading experience in ways not-so-dissimilar from how they were expected to read a novel as a freshman in college.

cs_02“Ms. Kozlowski became a well-known face in our classroom that was both admired and appreciated. Unlike other foundations, the LIFT Foundation is different because of Ms. Kozlowski’s commitment to partnering with the teachers and students. By the end of the year, Ms. Kozlowski knew each of my students by name, what they wanted to be when they grew up, and what college they wanted to attend. It was an honor to partner with the LIFT Foundation because of the mutual responsibility that LIFT embodies and thus, expects from its students and partnering schools when working towards the common goal of freedom through education.”

cs_03Currently, Christiana Stevenson teaches 11th grade literature and 12th grade AP English at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven, Connecticut. A former Teach for America Corps Member, she is passionate about closing the achievement gap and education reform. Last spring, Ms. Stevenson was selected as Teach for America’s Indianapolis “Teacher of the Year” and represented Indianapolis as their regional-finalist for their national teaching award. Before joining Teach for America, Christiana worked at McKinsey & Company’s Get-Set Program where she taught middle school and interned at Mikva Challenge, a non-profit dedicated to developing civic leadership skills to underserved Chicago high school youth.

Christiana Stevenson
11th and 12th grade English and Literature Teacher
Achievement First Amistad High School
New Haven, Connecticut