Grant Recipient Ashley Clark '09 Will Study and Teach in South Africa This Summer

Grant Recipient Ashley Clark '09 Will Study and Teach in South Africa This Summer

April 28, 2010

Ashley Clark 2010v.jpgApril 28, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Ashley R. Clark, a 2009 graduate of DePauw University, has received a $10,000 grant from Fund for Teachers® to study in South Africa this summer. Clark, a Teach For America corps member at LEAD Academy Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee, will examine "issues of apartheid, racial competition and social class tension, while gathering strategies to address these issues with incoming students," according to her award.

Clark will be joined on the trip by Natasha Kruithof, who also teaches at LEAD Academy.

Besides working in post-apartheid classrooms of Swaziland, Johannesburg, Capetown and Durban, "We will also be volunteering in orphanages and youth AIDs awareness centers," Clark says. "From our experiences, we hope to develop professionally as teachers and enhance the learning of all our students by blogging about our experience on and developing curriculum for our mentoring programs as well as regular classroom instruction at LEAD Academy public Ashley Clark mb2010.jpgcharter school." (at right: Clark rings the Monon Bell)

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities. Visit the organization online.

Learn more about Ashley Clark in this previous story. She was one of a record-high 19 2009 graduates of DePauw who committed to Teach For America for two years. With about 4% of its graduating seniors entering TFA last year, DePauw was among the nation's strongest contributors to the program.