Roanoke graduate accepted by Teach for America program
SALEM, Va. - Christina Perry, a December 2009 graduate of Roanoke College, has been accepted into the Teach For America program. She has been assigned to the organization's Atlanta corps and will teach special education students at Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Ga.
Teach For America is a national organization that works to end educational inequity. Recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests are recruited to teach for two years in low-performing urban and rural public schools. The TFA application process for prospective teachers is rigorous, and fewer than ten percent of the more than 46,000 applicants were accepted this year.
A political science major, Perry was active as a tutor and office assistant in the College's Upward Bound program. This federally funded college preparatory program targets low-income high school students, and Perry says that her participation caused her to "seriously reflect" on her interest in education policy.
"I believe that each child in America should be afforded an effective and nurturing education, as such is the cornerstone to civic action and community revitalization," Perry says. "Thus, I chose to put my graduate school ambitions on hold and apply to the corps."
Upward Bound Program Director Theresa Jackson thinks Perry is well-suited to her new role and says, "Christina really has a heart to work with youth...I think that the [Upward Bound] kids found her to be very helpful to them."
Perry, of Roanoke, currently is undergoing training in Atlanta and will begin her classroom duties in August. After she fulfills her two-year teaching commitment, she plans to attend policy school and law school. Perry says that her ultimate goal is to work in the policy side of community development.
Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.
Released: July 22, 2010
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