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Georgetown Remains a Top Contributor to Teach For America

Deven Comen

Deven Comen (C'12), a first-generation college student who taught English in Southeast Asia, is one of many Georgetown graduates who have joined Teach for America.

September 10, 2012 – For the second year in a row, Georgetown ranked third among colleges and universities of its size in contributing graduating seniors to Teach For America, which works with communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing poverty.

Corps members commit to teaching for two years in high-need urban and rural public schools.

The nonprofit organization is also the top employer of Georgetown graduating seniors, based on a class of 2011 survey, according to Mike Schaub, executive director of the university’s Cawley Career Education Center.

This year, Georgetown contributed 61 graduates to the incoming corps, and 416 Georgetown alumni have taught as corps members throughout Teach For America’s 22-year history, according to the organization.

“Georgetown and Teach For America have similar goals,” President John J. DeGioia says. “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.”

This fall, the organization says its more than 10,000 corps members will teach in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, with nearly 28,000 alumni working to ensure all children have access to a high-quality education.

The organization also notes that it recruits seniors and graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated “achievement, perseverance and leadership.”

Georgetown graduates who have joined Teach For America include Deven Comen (C’12), a first-generation college student who taught English in Thailand, studied educational access in India and volunteered in District of Columbia Public Schools during her time at the university.

“I never anticipated the … impact [of] being surrounded by incredibly selfless men and women at this campus to do the kind of work that I am about to enter into,” she said, “and that I feel I am going to be involved in for my entire life.”

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