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Fourteen DePauw Seniors to Teach For America in the Fall

Fourteen DePauw Seniors to Teach For America in the Fall

May 13, 2016

Fourteen current DePauw University seniors have been selected as Teach For America (TFA) corps members, and will begin teaching in urban and rural public schools across the country this fall. Approximately 37,000 individuals applied to join the teaching corps this year; about 11% were accepted into the program.

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in ensuring educational equity and excellence for all children. Its mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.

The students, followed by their teaching assignments, are:

  • Omar Abdel-Rahim, biology
  • Cara Bargiacchi, elementaryEAST COLLEGE TOWER hdr
  • Christine Betterman, English
  • Sarah Dela Cruz, elementary
  • Anika Green, elementary
  • Emily Hancock, English
  • Riley Hawkins, biology
  • Molly Henry, elementary
  • Susan John, middle school STEM
  • Taylor Jones, middle school English
  • Kelsey Karlson, elementary
  • Haley Krieble, elementary
  • Kirstyn Walker, English
  • Paul Watts, English

DePauw is regularly among the nation's top contributors to TFA and has had almost 200 alumni serve as corps members since the program's inception in 1990.

The organization is led by Elisa Villanueva Beard (pictured at left), a 1998 graduate of DePauw. She delivered the commencement address at her alma mater in May 2013. Video is embedded below.

Janeya Cunningham, a first year Posse Scholar at DePauw, was recently featured in Teach For America's magazine, One Day.  It's covered in this summary.