Three former students from Naperville area high schools are joining Teach For America:
Teach For America announced today that three Naperville locals have been accepted into the organization’s 2014 teaching corps. Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for low-income students. Corps members commit to teach for two years in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in pursuit of educational equity.
These corps members are Colette Wehrli, a 2010 graduate of Benet Academy, Ellen Larson, a 2010 graduate of Naperville North High, and Elissa Rabin, a 2010 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School. Wehrli will teach in Greater Nashville, Larson will teach in Memphis, and Rabin will teach in Rio Grande Valley.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, by the time they reach fourth grade, students eligible for free and reduced lunch are almost two years behind in reading and a year and a half behind in math, when compared to their higher income peers. Working in partnership with parents and principals, and alongside educators of all backgrounds, Wehrli, Larson, and Rabin join a diverse group of individuals dedicated to addressing these gaps.
“Our corps members and alumni have made a meaningful impact with their students and communities over time,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. “I can’t wait to see the leadership, passion, dedication, and innovation this year’s corps will bring to their classrooms nationwide.”
A growing body of research demonstrates the effectiveness of Teach For America corps members. Recent studies by Mathematica Policy Research, the University of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee found that corps members have a positive impact on student achievement.
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