Sandeep Rai

Founder and CEO

The Circle India

Sandeep Rai started his career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching seventh and eighth grade science in Washington, D.C. In addition to championing multiple school-wide reforms, he led his students to dramatic gains across literacy, mathematics, and science. That experience, in a low-income government school in the inner city, cemented his resolve to eliminate educational inequity. In 2008, Sandeep moved across the world to help launch Teach For India, a nationwide movement that spans operations across eight regions. The organization houses 1000 Fellows who impact 32,000 children; over the years, it has graduated more than 4500 Alumni who are now reaching 33 million children across India. In the thirteen years since inception, Sandeep has played numerous leadership roles at Teach For India, including serving as the Chief Program Officer and the Chief of City Operations. Since his time in India, Sandeep has published multiple articles and works, including Grey Sunshine, a recently released book on the truth and hope of India’s educational system. Sandeep recently pivoted to a senior advisory capacity at Teach For India, to found and lead The Circle, an organization that is building a reimagined circle of schools, after-school programs, and teachers that, together, offer every child in India expanded opportunity to succeed and change the world.