Alyssa Brzuchalski, Jefferson City, Mo., and Abby Hauver, Lansing, Kan., have been named to the prestigious Teach For America (TFA) corps for the 2011-2013 school years. Brzuchalski was a magna cum laude graduate from the William Jewell College class of 2011, where she obtained a B.S. in elementary education. Hauver was a summa cum laude graduate from the class of 2011, where she obtained a B.A. in international relations with a minor in music.
The incoming corps of 5,200 new teachers will enter the nation’s highest-need schools this fall. This year’s corps is the largest in Teach For America’s history. In the upcoming school year, 9,300 first- and second-year corps members will reach 600,000 students in 43 regions across 34 states and the District of Columbia.
“This year’s incoming corps members represent a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, but they share extraordinary leadership ability and a deep commitment to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential,” said Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach For America. “We are excited to be channeling the energy of such a diverse and talented corps into teaching in urban and rural public schools and into the long-term effort to achieve educational excellence and equity.”
This year, Teach For America’s talent pool was the most competitive ever: Nearly 48,000 individuals applied, and 11 percent were accepted. Applicants included 12 percent of Ivy League seniors. Applicants represented the full range of academic majors, including math, science and education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.