Four Seniors to Join Teach For America

Four Seniors to Join Teach For America

Caroline GoldCaroline Gold

School of Education and Social Policy seniors Juliana Bond, Stephanie Fox, Caroline Gold, and Kaitlin Shedd are among sixteen members of Northwestern University’s class of 2017 who will join Teach For America (TFA) after graduation, bringing high-quality education to students most in need around the country.

Northwestern’s corps members will commit the next two years to teaching low-income urban and rural public school students in states from New York to Idaho.

“I’m hoping the experience will help give me a deeper understanding of the oppressive systems that obstruct so many people’s paths to reaching their fullest potential,” said Gold, who will teach in the New York area.

“The organization’s deeply held belief that one day all children will have access to an incredible education really resonated with me, and I’m looking forward to playing a part in making that vision a reality,” she said.

This year, 48,000 students from around the country applied to Teach For America. Northwestern has been a top contributor to the highly competitive program ever since the organization began tracking data in 2008.

Since TFA was founded in 1990, 585 Northwestern graduates have taught as corps members. They are part of a diverse network of 53,000 TFA alumni dedicated to creating change in education and beyond.

TFA believes education can disrupt social inequality by opening doors of opportunity. The organization believes a great education has the ability to empower students and transform life outcomes. TFA trains corps members to become lifelong influencers in the fight for equity.

Teach For America recruits undergo extensive training before entering their assigned schools. The new teachers spend five weeks at an intensive summer training institute before attending regional training near the communities they will serve as well as independent training.

The following is a list of Northwestern’s 2017 TFA corps members and the places they will serve:

  • Leigha Banks – Massachusetts
  • Juliana Bond – New York
  • Will Corvin – San Francisco Bay Area
  • Chris Erikson – Massachusetts
  • Adam Farsheed – Washington
  • Stephanie Fox – New York
  • Caroline Gold – New York
  • Michael Hamburger – Idaho
  • Parker Kobayashi – California Capital Valley
  • Tess Levin – Chicago/northwest Indiana
  • Etan Manasse-Piha – New York
  • Eric Oringer – New Jersey
  • Sarah Rappaport – Washington
  • Kaitlin Shedd – Chicago/northwest Indiana
  • Matt Wuest – Greater Philadelphia
  • Kristina Zhang – Memphis
By Kayla Stoner
Last Modified: 5/12/17