Mount Union Senior Accepted into Teach for America Program

December 22, 2009

Chris Mark, senior political science major from McDonald, OH, has recently been accepted into the Teach for America program. Teach for America recruits recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools in an attempt to eliminate educational inequity.

“I have always been interested in public service and attacking the issue of poverty in our society,” he said.

Mark believes that by joining the program, he will have an impact on the futures of young people, and aid in alleviating the problems of poverty in the U.S. by expanding education opportunities.

“Through Teach for America, I will be able to make an immense impact on the lives of children in low-income communities just months after I graduate from Mount Union,” said Mark.

Prior to discovering the program, Mark did not consider going into the education field.  However, he plans on pursuing an education degree when his two year commitment to Teach for America is completed.

“I considered law school and graduate school, but neither of these fields interested me enough to actually convince me that I was meant to be a lawyer or a Ph. D.,” said Mark.  “When I found Teach for America, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. This was the call to public service that I had been looking for.”

On June 13, 2010, Mark will begin his five weeks of training at the training institute at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.  While at the institute, he will attend multiple training courses on instruction, teaching, leadership, classroom management, culture, theory and literacy development as well as student teaching. Shortly thereafter, he will begin teaching middle school science in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in Charlotte, N.C.

“By being exposed to the many classes that Mount Union offers, I will be able to cope with the challenges I will face in the classroom next year,” Mark said.  “Teach for America is made for graduates from liberal arts schools because students from any major can apply to the program.”

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