Kristine Frech Named Executive Director of Teach For America - Rhode Island


Providence, R.I., June 14, 2016—Teach For America has announced Kristine Frech as the new executive director of the organization’s Rhode Island region. In this role, Frech will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the region, building and enriching community partnerships, and cultivating private, public and foundation support. Teach For America has been partnering with Rhode Island communities since 2010, with approximately 30 new corps member teachers joining each year to lead some of the state’s highest need classrooms, and close to 170 alumni working across all sectors to help ensure that one day, all children will have access to an excellent education.

“Kristine understands what it will take to provide a transformational education for all students in Rhode Island,” said Sheri Sweitzer, Teach For America Rhode Island’s founding board chair. “She brings extensive leadership experience, a deep commitment to social justice and community partnership, and an energizing sense of possibility to the region. My regional board colleagues join me in extending a warm welcome to Kristine.”

“I’m excited to see our work move forward under Kristine’s new leadership,” added Heather Tow-Yick, founding executive director of Teach For America – Rhode Island. “I know that communities in Rhode Island will continue to benefit from the incredible investment of the Teach For America—Rhode Island team.”

Frech graduated from Xavier University with a bachelor’s of Arts in sociology and a master’s in educational administration. She joined Teach For America in 2008, teaching middle school special education in Charlotte, North Carolina, and from there stepped into the role of Program Director for YouthBuild of Northern Kentucky. Frech served most recently as Vice President of Skyward, an organization in Northern Kentucky devoted to connecting communities through education, wellness, business, and culture. Frech has also been involved in a number of additional leadership roles in recent years. She cofounded Cincy Sundaes, a Cincinnati based micro-granting ice cream social, sat on the Leadership Advisory Council of IMPACT Northern Kentucky and the steering committees of Regional Youth Leadership and the Regional Women’s Summit, and led Leadership Northern Kentucky 2015 as class president.

“I’m honored to lead Teach For America—Rhode Island as we continue to strive for educational equity in the region,” said Frech. “My experience teaching and partnering with communities thus far has been invaluable, and our mission to give all children an opportunity for a quality education fills me with an enormous sense of excitement. I look forward to continuing and building upon the partnerships and progress we’ve already made here.”

Frech joins Teach For America – Rhode Island as they embark on their sixth year building a diverse group of leaders who partner with local communities and other educators to work toward a day when every Rhode Island student has the opportunity of a great education. Today, 74 percent of Teach For America alumni are working in education in Rhode Island, and others, like Seth Magaziner, General Treasurer of the State of Rhode Island, and Kevin Gallagher, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gina Raimondo, impact communities outside of the classroom. Frech will continue to support corps
members and alumni as they work with students in high-needs classrooms and partner with local teachers, schools, and communities to build lasting impact.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.