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Weinstein ’17, Scruggs ’17 to Join Teach For America Following Graduation

Michael Weinstein ’17 will head to Milwaukee, Wis. to teach.

Michael Weinstein ’17 will head to Milwaukee, Wis. to teach.

Two members of the Class of 2017 and the Wesleyan athletic community have committed to join Teach For America after graduation: Michael Weinstein ’17 of Brookline, Mass. and Katie Scruggs ’17 of Vail, Colo. Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity.

Weinstein, who is the captain for both the men’s rugby team and ski team, will teach middle school special education in Milwaukee, Wis. This will be his first experience living in the Midwest.

“I think Wesleyan, as opposed to any other liberal arts school, put me into contact with a lot of people who are really smart and conscientious,” Weinstein said, reflecting on how Wesleyan is preparing him for this experience. “They care about each other and about injustices in America. Any liberal arts school can provide a ‘well-rounded’ education, but Wesleyan students generally try to apply what they learn to real life issue. Hopefully I can do the same!”

teach-for-americaScruggs, who is a member of the women’s cross country team, will teach high school science in Boston.

According to Teach for America, more than 16 million children are growing up in poverty in the U.S. By eighth grade, they are nearly three years behind higher-income peers in reading and math and are 1/10th as likely to graduate from college as students from affluent communities.

Teach For America seeks to combat this problem by enlisting promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

Wesleyan Ranks in Top 20 Schools for Grads Sent to Teach for America Corps.

Wesleyan again ranked among the top 20 schools of its size for the number of graduates it sent to the Teach for America corps this year. Ten graduates joined TFA; approximately 7 percent of the class of 2013 applied to join the corps.

Since TFA was founded 23 years ago, 177 Wesleyan alumni have taught as corps members.

“TFA maintains an active presence on campus,” said Career Center Director Sharon Belden Castonguay. “They enjoy success with their recruiting efforts among Wesleyan students.”

This is the sixth consecutive year Wesleyan has been in the top 20 among schools with 2,999 students or fewer.

Teach for America was founded in 1990 to expand educational opportunities for poor children. The organization recruits and develops a corps across all academic disciplines who commit two years to teach in high-need schools. Currently more than 11,000 corps members are teaching in 48 urban and rural regions across the country; there are nearly 32,000 alumni of the TFA program.