For the second year running, Georgetown University ranks third among colleges and universities of its size in contributing graduating seniors to the non-profit organization Teach for America, just after Northwestern University and Harvard University. In the Class of 2012, 61 are now teaching in various high-need public schools across the United States, an increase from 56 from the Class of 2011.
TFA, whose mission is to ensure kids growing up in poverty receive an excellent education, recruits its teachers directly from top-ranked universities across the nation. Georgetown has shown high involvement in TFA throughout the years, with 416 Georgetown alumni having taught as corp members throughout the organization’s 22-year history. With an acceptance rate at roughly 11%, Teach for America looks for applicants with demonstrated leadership ability as well as a deep belief in the potential of all students.
President John J. DeGioia’s take reflects the Jesuit affiliation of the university. “Georgetown and Teach For America have similar goals. We share a mutual commitment to challenging injustices of educational inequality, a goal in keeping with our Jesuit tradition of women and men for others. Students taught here absorb that tradition and naturally lean toward serving in organizations such as Teach For America.”
Photo: by Georgetown University of Von’Travis Dejanaro Crawford (NHS, ’12) who plans to teach science in Dallas-Fortworth for Teach for America