Answering the call: 18 students join Teach for America

TeachforAmerica.jpgWhen Rachel Jessee learned she was accepted to Teach for America, the first person she contacted was her high school math teacher.

“She was a terrific algebra teacher. She made me love math enough to become a finance major,” says the Cox School of Business graduate.

Jessee is one of 18 SMU graduating seniors who will spend the next two years with Teach for America, a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains outstanding college graduates to teach in low-income rural and urban public schools. They join more than 6,200 “corps members” who are teaching in 1,600 schools across the country. This year more than 35,000 students applied for 4,000 Teach for America positions.

In photo: Seven of the SMU 18 graduates who are joining Teach for America.

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