Meet the Founder

Pete DeCandia came to Baltimore in 2013 joining Teach For America and wanting to make a difference in helping students who need it most. New to education in a new city teaching math at Woodlawn High School and juggling working towards a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins, Pete realized the importance of making new Baltimore teachers feel welcome, comfortable and valued in order to keep great educators and change makers in a city of great need. Pete served Woodlawn for three years, teaching Geometry and and coaching mock trial and baseball. The highlight of his tenure was serving as the Site Coordinator of a college readiness and leadership program called AVID, which prepares to-be first generation college students to reach higher education.


Pete taught for a fourth year teaching at St. Paul's School for Boys, as he worked part-time getting Teacher Props off the ground. Now in addition to Teacher Props, Pete works as Program Director of Student Athlete Development at the Fund For Educational Excellence. Pete has three passions: helping students, helping teachers, and entrepreneurship. He believes that with the help of other service-oriented Baltimoreans, he can ensure all new teachers have a seamless transition into our great city.