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Two Beloit seniors accepted into Teach for America

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

Two students set to graduate in May already have post-Beloit plans in place. They will be joining Teach for America, a non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools.

Ashley Lanham’12, a double major in economic management and Russian, will be teaching in Phoenix next year; she is from Naperville, Ill. Chicago native Gus Graves’12, a literary studies major, will be teaching in Hawaii.

“Ashley and Gus join a long line of Beloit College students selected from a very competitive pool into Teach for America. Many Beloiters have gone on to help select, train and recruit for TFA,” said Carol Wickersham, the college’s director for community-based learning.

“They embody the college mission of leading ‘fulfilling lives marked by high achievement, personal responsibility and public contribution in a diverse society.’ It doesn't get much better than that,” she continued.

Students selected for Teach for America possess strong leadership potential and the other strengths demonstrated by the most successful teachers in the program, according to Sarah Troyer, the manager of regional and underclassmen recruitment from the organization’s Chicago division.

For more information on Teach for America, visit here.