King's Students Teach for America
Three graduates selected for highly competitive two-year teaching fellowship
NEW YORK, May 23, 2011—Teach for America (TFA) is currently one of the most sought-after—and prestigious—opportunities for college graduates with demonstrated leadership abilities. The King’s College is thrilled to announce that three members of the Class of 2011 were selected by the program to teach for two years in public schools across the nation.
After a four month application process, Matthew Rosenbaum, Danielle Perkins, and Abigail Sattler were accepted into the program.
College graduates apply to TFA for a variety of reasons. Some apply to help fight the educational inequity that has overwhelmed parts of the public education system. Matthew Rosenbaum became interested in the program after writing a comparative study of the graduation rates in varying educational environments. Rosenbaum recounts one specific finding, that “Norman Thomas [High School], on 33rd and Park, has a 70% graduation rate for white kids, while blacks and Hispanics, who compose over 90% of the school, have a 30-40% graduation rate. That's appalling.”
Danielle Perkins applied for the fellowship to “portray learning as a lifelong passion, not as something to leave behind once you're out of school.”
Other candidates are attracted to the combination of TFA’s mission and the professional opportunities that it boasts. Since its founding in 1990, TFA has developed a large network of business and academic relationships that it offers to graduates of the program. TFA holds professional partnerships with Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, and Credit Suisse, and academic partnerships with top-tier graduate schools like Cornell, Columbia, and Harvard, among others.
As a result, TFA is one of the nation’s most competitive and selective fellowships. In 2010, the New York Times reported that of over 46,000 applicants, just 4,500 were selected to enter the program.
According to the students selected this year, the King’s education uniquely prepared them for the interview process. Rosenbaum said, “I felt comfortable in the interviews in large part because of my King's education, especially my class in business communications.” Perkins felt particularly equipped by the House System at King’s, saying, “The day of the final interview, I felt articulate, confident, and excited, mainly because of the experience I had gained from working in house leadership.”
In the past two years, four of six King’s students who have applied for TFA were accepted into the program. Speaking to the success of King’s applicants, Rosenbaum said, “I think the reason King's has so many people get accepted is because King's emphasizes student leadership. So many people are in leadership in a House, organization, or club, because much of King's revolves around ‘if you want it, start it.’ And that's a pretty special environment that trains the sort of people TFA is looking for.”
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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