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The Education of Ms. Groves

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Perhaps you are reading this blog because you are interested in my Ph.D. journey at NCU. 

Maybe you are curious about returning to grad school because you are considering it yourself.

Or, you are reading this blog because you believe in education.

Like I do.  

I have written previously about Teach for America, an organization that my daughter is associated with as a recruiter. I am pleased to direct you to the Dateline NBC website for a set of wonderful articles about Teach for America.

Correspondent Hoda Kotb reports on “The Education of Ms. Groves,” the story of a new Teach for America teacher, Monica Groves, and her experiences at Jean Childs Middle School in Atlanta. She began the job thinking that she was the teacher, and soon found out that she was the one who had a lesson to learn.

Dateline NBC will air this report on Saturday here in our local market. Be sure to watch this program to learn more about Teach for America.

Check out the Newsweek article, “15 Ideas to Recharge America“, and the essay by Wendy Kopp,  President and founder of Teach for America. If you are interested in learning more about Teach for America visit their website. If you would like to contribute, click here.

One day, all children in this nation

will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.  

Do you believe?

I do.

Teach for America

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Early this morning, my daughter flew to New York City, the “Big Apple.” In May, she graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, and found a postition as a recruitment associate with a non-profit educational group even before she graduated.

Teach for America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in ensuring educational equity and excellence for all children. Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational equity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.” (from the website)

The organization was founded by Wendy Kopp, who felt that there was a correctible educational gap in a number of low-income communities. Wendy presented the idea in her senior thesis at Princeton and Teach for America was born. Teach for America has impacted the lives of over two million students since 1989. If you would like to know  more about this fine organization, click one of the links in this post.

We are so proud of my daughter’s accomplishment, as she works to make a difference in the lives of children through recruiting college grads to work as teachers. Both she and I feel that the world can be changed for the better through educational opportunity. We believe that learning can open doors and make advances both in the community as a whole, as well as the individual. Education is a wonderful possession – it can never be stolen or lost, and it always has a positive impact.

Join with me to support the fine young people who are working for Teach for America!