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Charlton ’11 Continues HWS Legacy

Rebecca Charlton ’11 is working as a middle school teacher at Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford, Conn., and is trying to continue the school’s HWS legacy by recruiting another Hobart or William Smith student to serve next year. Charlton was recruited to the teaching post by Ned Turney ’10.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for graduates, and I would be honored and excited if HWS could continue it’s positive streak of committing our intelligent and dedicated graduates to Covenant Prep,” says Charlton. “Coming from a service-learning background, I think that HWS students are ideally suited to understand Covenant’s goal of providing underprivileged boys with a bright future.”

Opened in 2008, Covenant has 55 students and a staff made up of AmeriCorps Volunteer teachers, which allows the school to maintain a 5:1 student-teacher ratio. Providing its students with more personalized attention, the school also requires greater responsibility from its teachers. 

“This is not a typical teaching position,” explains Charlton, who teaches sixth-grade math and seventh-grade reading and language arts, she also coaches a sports class and organizes Friday Night Fun Nights and field trips.

A four-year varsity rower, Charlton said her time at William Smith provided her with a great background for the position. “Being an athlete provided me with the flexibility, creativity and an ability to multitask, and as an anthropology major, I learned a lot about cultural differences,” she says.

Open to students of all majors, Covenant is part of the AmeriCorps program and is seeking candidates who are willing to teach, coach and run afternoon and evening activities. The school provides teacher with comfortable living arrangements within walking distance of Covenant Prep and health insurance. In addition, volunteers receive a monthly stipend and a weekly grocery allowance. In addition, teachers receive an AmeriCorps grant of $5,000 at the completion of each year of the program.

While at William Smith, Charlton completed an anthropological study on women and sports in North India, and served as a volunteer for Jumpstart, a non-profit organization that works with low-income pre-school students to improve language and reading skills. 

For more information, contact either Charlton at or Covenant Prep School Principal Meara Weaver Details about the job can also be found on Covenant’s website,