Recent Grad Joins Teach For America Corps

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Laura File, a 2013 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, was accepted into Teach For America.  File, a history and religious studies major from Beckley, WV, will begin teaching middle school math in Philadelphia this fall.  She joins Teach For America’s 24th incoming corps.

Teach for America is comprised of recent college graduates and professions who commit to teach for two years in rural and urban public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational opportunity for all students.

“Through working in the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development, I began to better understand the issue of education inequality and the detrimental impact it has on the lives of young people,” stated File.  “Teach for America has made great strides in bridging the educational gap, and I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of this important movement.”

File was selected from a candidate pool of over 57,000.  Approximately 42 percent of these applicants identify as people of color, and 51 percent receive Pell Grants, which are most often given to undergraduates with family incomes under $20,000.  Applicants hail from more than 2,600 universities across the country.

The new corps of teachers join Teach For America’s nearly 28,000 alumni who work across all sectors to effect change. Two-thirds are working full-time in education, with one-third as classroom teachers and one-third in other roles including principals and superintendents.

“I had the privilege of getting to know and learning from excellent teachers during my time at Wesleyan,” reflected File.  “In and out of the classroom, I was inspired by not only their passion for students, but also by their love of learning.  I hope I can inspire my students to love and cherish learning like Wesleyan professors did for me.”

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, more than 10,000 corps members are teaching in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.

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