TFA Graduate Fellows Program

Cohort 2

Leigh Hill

Master of Science in Community Development

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Leigh firmly believes that all children deserve a quality education that will help them achieve their own personal missions in life. Her own education has opened a lot of doors for me and has become a huge part of who I am and what I do.

Leigh was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA, but has called central Mississippi home for four years. She earned her B.A. in History from Christian Brothers University, a J.D. from Louisiana State University, and an M.S. in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Leigh was a 2014 TFA Corp Member in the Louisiana Delta where she taught first grade in Tallulah, LA. Currently, she is a founding teacher at Smilow Prep (SP) in Jackson and serves as a Student Support teacher at SP.

Leigh's social entrepreneur project focuses on helping get teachers ready and prepared to be in and stay in the classroom. Leigh is calling it the Teacher Collaborative of Mississippi, or TCOM. I believe that Mississippi has a rich depth of teacher knowledge and teacher passion. I want to bring teachers together in order to collaborate, learn from each other, and work with administrations and districts to make schools the best places for kids.

Fun Fact: Leigh is a proud turtle mom to Donnie & Leonard! 


By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
— Franz Kafka