Alicia Pagan ’05 will return to campus later this week to share her experiences as a teacher at “Tacos with Teach for America. starting at 12:20 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 in the Sanford Room.
Pagan, who received her MAT from HWS in 2006 and has spent the past two years teaching in Atlanta, Ga., will talk about why there is a need for the Teach for America program on campus as well as nationwide. Teach for America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and young professionals of all academic majors, career interests, and professional backgrounds who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Corps members work to ensure that more students growing up today in our country’s lowest-income communities are given the educational opportunities they deserve. In the long run, they become a powerful group of leaders working from inside education to help make the fundamental changes needed to ensure that all children have an equal chance in life.
Pagan will highlight how a degree from HWS will garner qualifications to work in this highly selective program. “The Teach for America Program is a very competitive one, said Ave Bauder ’81, head of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. “Bringing Alicia back will help to lay out a roadmap for students on what they can do to put themselves in a better position when applying.
The session will also examine ways in which two years with Teach for America can open up individual professional opportunities and positively impact the lives of children, as well as enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequality.
As part of the Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning’s continual effort to engage HWS students, Pagan will highlight the importance of leadership in issues of service learning.
Lunch will be served; reservations can be requested by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Oct. 18. For more information on the Teach for America program, visit: http://www.teachforamerica.org/