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RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2012

Berry Graduates Teach for America

Teach for America has selected Berry College as a “focus” school for the fall hoping to further develop a relationship and pipeline of good candidates.

Four Berry graduates entered the program this summer. Berry College and the Teach for America program share a mutual interest in serving the needs of the community. Teach for America teachers are found in grades pre-K through 12 in more than 10 different subjects across the country.

 
“We are excited to be focusing our efforts on Berry College this year. We’ve seen great leadership coming out of Berry and we hope that by ramping up our recruitment efforts we can strengthen our partnership and bring more, strong classroom teachers in front of our students,” said Teach for America Recruitment Director Jen Granger.

 
Alyssa Nobles, a Berry early childhood education major from Rome, and Chauncey Brown, a Hermitage, Penn., sociology and anthropology major were both assigned to the Mississippi Delta region. Alisha Dosani, a Lilburn, Ga., marketing major, is going to Oklahoma and Beth Ann Dunagan, a Cleveland, Ga., government major, will teach high school social studies in Alabama.

Teachers accepted in the program are assigned to a school for two years so they can hopefully develop relationships with the community that urge them to stay and continue fostering growth and becoming lifelong-leaders. Each applicant to the Corps is considered for their abilities, their preferences and the need in a target area for teachers of certain subjects or grade levels. Priority regions include Detroit, Memphis, the Mississippi Delta region, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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. This fall, more than 10,000 corps members will be teaching in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni are working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.

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Prepared by Student Public Relations Assistant McKenzie Reeves

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