|Jasper Brown to Teach For America after graduation|
|Illinois College senior Jasper Brown of Canton, Ill., will be teaching social studies through the Teach For America program at a Chicago area middle school next year. |
“I read about Teach For America, and I decided that this could be a fantastic opportunity to intricately connect my undergraduate training in education with education policy,” Brown said.
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.
“I chose Teach For America due to its mission of bettering the education system for all students of all backgrounds,” Brown said. “I believe that all students deserve an opportunity to learn in a supportive, collaborative and effective classroom.”
Once Brown graduates from Illinois College this May, he will begin an intensive five- to six-week training session during the summer through Teach for America. “I will be learning strategies to become an effective teacher, discussing issues in education, meeting other Teach For America Corps members and teaching summer school for the Chicago Public Schools.”
Brown will then be hired to teach at a Chicago middle school starting in August or September.
About Illinois College
Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.
Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Visit www.ic.edu or call 217-245-3149 for more information.
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