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Organizational History

Inspired by her early work as a public school math teacher, former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry Lansing collaborated with Governor Schwarzenegger to launch EnCorps STEM Teachers Program in 2007 to address declining student achievement in STEM, as well as California’s critical teacher shortage.

Early success led to our selection as one of only 28 organizations invited to join the national consortium 100Kin10, tasked with enriching America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021. We launched our Military Pathway in 2013 to harness the STEM expertise of armed forces veterans. Partnerships with Project Lead the Way and Linked Learning Alliance followed, as we expanded the board and added new staff members across the state.

EnCorps currently serves high needs schools in the urban areas of Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, Greater Sacramento, Greater San Diego and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, with demand to scale nationally. Eleven years into its mission, over 750 EnCorps tutors, guest teachers, and full-time credentialed instructors have served in more than 250 California schools and organizations, impacting over 60,000 students statewide.

EnCorps has received numerous awards and our rising success has recently been highlighted in the LA Times, the National Journal, The Atlantic, EdSource, and Inside Philanthropy, among others. In 2016, EnCorps was presented the US2020 STEM Mentoring Award at the White House and in 2017, EnCorps was named a Winner of the Annenberg Challenge for Innovation in Technology and Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s STEM Innovation Award. EnCorps is part of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and has partnered with multiple school districts, charter management organizations, County Offices of Education, California State Universities, as well as other NGO’s. EnCorps is focused on scaling its unique solution to address the nation’s growing STEM teacher crisis.

EnCorps STEM Fellows:
By the Numbers


Northern California Fellows recruited since 2007


Southern California Fellows recruited since 2007