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President Barack Obama
State of the Union Address. January 25, 2011

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  • Less than 15% of U.S. teachers are African American or Hispanic.
  • More than 35% of U.S. students are members of a minority.
  • Over 1/2 of 3 year olds, our future students are children of color.
  • Only 2% of 3.5 million U.S. teachers are male teachers of color.
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May 18, 2017

Manhattan College Spring Commencement

Bettye Perkins, Ed.D., founder, president and chief executive officer of Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT), will receive an honorary degree in pedagogy and address Manhattan College’s graduates at Spring Commencement on Thursday, May 18, 2017.


Q3 2015


Minority Report: In the Education Workforce, Male Teachers of Color Left Behind

by Ali Jackson-Jolley


June 4, 2015

The Westchester County Press

Westchester-Based TSTT Celebrates 10th Anniversary of its Program in Rochester

by Sandra Blackwell


May 29, 2015

News12 Westchester

News12 Westchester covers TSTT's 20th Anniversary Breakfast and Education Forum, as TSTT celebrates 20 years of providing a pipleine for Westchester's students to become teachers and leaders in their communities.  The milestone event was hosted by News12 Westchester Meteorologist Brysen Van Eck (commentary from Mr. Van Eck in 2nd part of video).



May 28, 2015

Wicked Local--Brookline

Brookline High Graduating Tomorrow's Teachers

by Jenna Fisher


May 19, 2015

Mass Live

New Worcester Public Schools Young Alumni Group Hopes to Give Back to the City

by Lindsay Corcaran


May 14, 2015

White Plains Daily Voice

White Plains-Based Organization Announces Expansion, Award Recipients

by Cassandra Huerta


May 14, 2015

The Westchester County Press

Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers Announces New Male Initiative

by Sandra Blackwell


May 12, 2015

Ossining-Croton-on-Hudson Patch

Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers Gives Pioneer Award to Ossining Schools

by Cara Matthews


May 12, 2015

Worcester Public Schools Young Alumni Network Set to Launch

by GoLocalWorcester News Team


April 16, 2015

Westchester County Business Journal

Nonprofit trains students to stay in school, become teachers

by Danielle Brody


April 14, 2015

Greenburgh Daily Voice

White Plains Educator Addresses Teacher Diversity Gap

by Alesha Hanson

April 11, 2015

The New York Times

Where are the Teachers of Color?

by Motoko Rich


April 9, 2015

The Westchester County Press

TSTT Celebrates 20 Years--Expands Male Teacher of Color Initiative in Westchester

by Sandra Blackwell

February 1, 2015

White Plains Daily Voice

Entergy "Jersey Nights" Powers Up Students, Teachers and Westchester Knicks

by Jon Craig


October 6, 2013

TSTT at NBC News Education Nation Summit


TSTT Alumni Teachers  appeared on MSNBC Education Nation Teacher Town Hall Part 2. Brian Williams from NBC News hosted the Summit at the New York Public Library. TSTT alumni Jeffrey Cole, Letitia Payne, Emerly Martinez, Jason Roberts, Merica Neufville, Christina Torres, Marisol Wager, Maribel Carchi, Ashley Bass, and Keisha Domond joined the national conversation on how important it is to have mentors and role models on "What It Takes for Student and Teacher Success " October 6, 2013. Click the video to view Jeffrey Cole's comments.


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TSTT student Temieka Brown, a junior at Manhattanville College and New Rochelle High School graduate made a suggestion as to how we can alleviate hunger in schools at Education Nation Student Town Hall with Melissa Harris Perry on MSNBC.



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February 23, 2013

Go Local Worcester

North High Students Explore Careers in Teaching

By John Monfredo

February 10, 2013

Notable Neighbors

Hartsdale's Bettye H. Perkins Teaches Lessons for Life

By Latoya West


February 6, 2013 

Worscester Mag

Keyed into Tomorrow

By Janice Harvey

November 29, 2012

Designer b michael - FASHION NOBLESE with Fashion & Beauty Editor Audrey J. Bernard

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May 4, 2012

News 12

At TSTT's Breakfast of Champions, keynote speaker, Allan Houston highlights the value of teaching profession to 300 future and veteran educators and community leaders at TSTT’s Breakfast of Champions.



March 29, 2012

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

$600,000 Donated to North High

By Jacqueline Reis



Philanthropist, Patricia Lanza of the Lanza Family Foundation and Dr. Bettye H. Perkins, Founder and CEO of Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) joined hands to cut the ceremonial ribbon and officially open the Lanza TSTT Institute for 50 students in the Worcester Public School District. North High School’s Principal Matthew Morse and selected students in the 8 year career development program named the Lanza TSTT Institute at North High School were greeted by Superintendent Dr. Melinda Boone, School Committee Member Dianna Biancheria, and community leaders including Rev. Will Bard, Founder and President of the New England Dream Center. The Lanza Family Foundation has been very supportive of TSTT’s career development program in Yonkers, NY and pledged a major contribution of $600,000 over the next four years to help students  in Worcester, MA realize their dreams of going to college and returning as effective teachers in their community.


February 16, 2012

Rochester's Your News Now

TSTT’s  male students attending the Leadership Academy for Young Men in  Rochester City on February 16, 2012, received a major investment by JPMorgan Chase’s Mr. E. Malcolm Wolcott, President and Debra Gentile, Vice President of Upstate New York and Dennis  McDermott of JP Morgan Chase Foundation in New York City. A check for $170,000 was presented to Dr. Bettye H. Perkins, Founder and CEO of Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT). The bank has been a major  contributor to the TSTT program which has successfully replicated this initiative at the Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, New York City as well as in upstate New York. This JPMorgan Chase Foundation has helped to make the TSTT  Male Teacher of Color Initiative possible for students across New York City.


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June 2011

The Edge

TSTT Working Quietly and Effectively

By New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT)

May 12, 2011

United Federation of Teachers

Move to the Front of the Class

By Dorothy Callaci



May 4, 2011

News 12 Interviews

Jeffrey Cole, Special Education Teacher and Department Chair for Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, NY received the  TSTT Golden Apple Award in recognition of his 10 years of outstanding service as an educator and alumnus of the TSTT program.  Dr. Bettye H. Perkins, TSTT Founder and CEO shares ingredients for success of the TSTT Program in Yonkers, NY.


February 17, 2011

New York Amsterdam News

The Critical Shortage of Black Male Teachers: To close the gap, we have to start them young

Op/Ed by Dr. Bettye Perkins, Founder and CEO TSTT 



September 22, 2010

News 12

News 12 reports on Joseph Frey, New York State Deputy Commissioner of Education and Dr. Bettye H. Perkins, Founder and CEO of TSTT and their roundtable discussion with school district representatives in Greenburgh, NY and profiles the full circle journey of Merica Neufville, Woodlands Middle School Math Teacher and Teacher Mentor for the TSTT students, who is herself a former TSTT student.




News Archives


June 11, 2010 

The Journal News -

Golden Apple Award goes to Ossining’s Martinez

By Noreen O'Donnell



November 18, 2009

Prince William County Public Schools News

Helping Dreams Come True



June 29, 2006

Washington Post

Steering Minority Teens Into Teaching

By Ian Shapira, Washington Post Staff Writer



Winter 2003


Thrive Winter Newsletter



January 9, 2003

The Westchester County Press

Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers Receives $25K Grant from JP Morgan Chase Foundations



September 15, 2001

The Journal News

Group Grooms College Students to Become Teachers

By Meryl Harris


Summer/Spring 2001


CIBA Foundation Donates $25,000



August 18, 2000

The Journal News

NBC's Phillips speaks to students

By Alison Bert



February 20, 2000

The New York Times

Helping Minority Students to be Teachers

By Darice Bailer



May 14, 1998

Gannett Newspapers

Education Secretary Praises Foundation

By Lanning Taliaferro, Staff Writer



S&I 100 Index

The Social Impact Exchange has selected TSTT as a Member of the S&I 100, the National Index of High-Impact NonProfits!

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Program Progress

We serve over 800 students in 40 high school districts and 21 partnering colleges & universities. Operating in four states: New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia, there are 150 TSTT college graduates who have completed the eight year curriculum and are currently teaching in 9 states.