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Loyola students hired with Teach For America

Loyola announcement - May 12, 2005

Two Loyola University New Orleans Spring 2005 graduates have been accepted into Teach For America, the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all aceademic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. Both graduating this year, Ashley Johnson, a political science major from New Orleans and James Ianelli, an economics major from Seattle, WA, are just two of more than 17,000 graduating seniors and alumni nationwide who applied to the corps this year.

Teach For America is a highly selective organization—approximately 16 percent of total applicants were accepted during last year’s hiring process. Of those accepted, 93 percent held leadership positions on their campuses or in their communities. These students earned, on average, GPAs of 3.5. Teach For America teachers become life-long advocates who expand opportunity for children. Corps members go above and beyond traditional expectations to impact the lives of children growing up in low-income communities. Beyond their two years, corps members take their insight and added commitment to assume leadership roles from inside education and from every other sector, and to work toward the fundamental changes necessary to provide more equal opportunities for all children in the nation. Since Teach For America placed its first 500 corps members in classrooms in 1990, more than 12,000 outstanding college graduates have joined its movement to eliminate educational inequity. As of 2005, corps members teach in 22 underserved communities across the country. For more information on Teach For America, please visit: www.teachforamerica.org.

For additional information, please contact Loyola’s Shannon Murphy of counseling and career services at 865-3835.