An Oklahoma City University student has been accepted into the Teach For America program, dedicated to helping low-income community schools find quality educators and address teacher shortages.
Savannah McIntyre, a senior theatre design and production major, plans to teach social studies in schools in North Carolina after her expected graduation from OCU this month. McIntyre will spend much of the summer in Mississippi training for her two-year commitment with the organization before her assignment begins in the fall. Following her commitment, she hopes to return to school to earn a master’s degree in either teaching or in English.
“I’ve always liked going to school, it’s something I’m passionate about,” she said, explaining why she chose to join Teach For America. “I hope to share that passion with others.”
Teaching candidates commit for two years and are hired by the organization’s partner public schools across the country. During these two years they are called corps members.
Teach For America works with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.
Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.
Another OCU alumnus, Matthew McMahan, was accepted into the program and will teach in the New York City region. McMahan is currently in the cast of the national touring production of “Les Misérables,” playing the constable Jean Prouvaire.
For more information, visit teachforamerica.org.