Teach for America is a program that works to eliminate educational inequity across the nation by placing recent grads and professionals into schools in low-income communities. I have always been interested in education and when I learned about Teach for America in high school, I knew it was a great fit. Teach for America works to address the achievement gap in schools all across our nation. The achievement gap is the definable difference in academic success and performance between ethnically diverse students in low-income communities (both rural and urban) and their white counterparts. Teach for America works to reform the schools they work in and provide all students with the best education possible. This year, there are 10,400 Teach for America Corps members teaching in 46 regions across the country and nearly 28,000 alumni who continue to advocate to make a great education a reality for all people, regardless of race or socio-economic status.
I am grateful to be a part of the TFA 2013 Corp but it hasn't sunk in yet that I am officially employed! I am still a bit in shock that this time next year, I will be teaching High School English in Milwaukee. It's absolutely crazy! I initially wanted to teach in Chicago but Milwaukee was my second choice so I am thrilled. It's exciting that I will be able to live in a new city and experience something new but still only be 90 minutes away from my home in Chicago. The TFA application process is a bit intense and it's such a wonderful feeling to have achieved something that I set my mind to. I applied in August and after two months of interviews, I found out on Thursday that it all came together!
I applied by the first round (August 28) but there are two more application cycles. The next two application rounds will be January 11th and February 15th ...which provides plenty of time to research a bit about the organization and see if it's a good fit. I am so excited for the journey that I'll be taking on over the next two years and I can't wait to get into the classroom!