Member Spotlight: Jasmine Merlette, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Jasmine Merlette, Third Grade Teacher, All Subjects, currently serving with Sun Valley Elementary School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I wanted to be a part of a group of service-oriented people and help do the work already being done. AmeriCorps allowed for that to happen. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I enjoy the leadership development associated with doing service. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 1.6 years in reading. 4. What are your plans aft

Member Spotlight: Julia Ramminger, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Julia Ramminger, 7th Grade Science Teacher, currently serving with Hudson K-8, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was motivated to join AmeriCorps through my desire to serve in communities that serve students like me. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to grow in my knowledge of my community and develop as a leader while encouraging growth in my students. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 3 points on the ACT. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCo

Member Spotlight: Jake Landen, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Jake Landen, 7th Grade Science Teacher, currently serving with JCIB Middle Years Programme, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was motivated by the inequity that I saw around me. The Teach for America-AL AmeriCorps Program allows me the opportunity to work directly with the issue of education that is driving the inequality. I am motivated by the students because they are our future. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to serve because of the issues. I think that these opportunities to serve are made to test your values and what you choose to stand firm in. I choose to use my t

Member Spotlight: Jessica Roberson, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Jessica Roberson, 11th grade English Language Arts Teacher, currently serving with Selma High School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was motivated to join AmeriCorps because I wanted to be an active part of a community working to advance justice and education for students in rural areas. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to continue growing and learning as a teacher, educator, and advocate for my community. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 3 poi

Member Spotlight: Kara Halfaker, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Kara Halfaker, 8th Grade Math Teacher, currently serving with Putnam Middle School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I wanted to impact kids and build their math confidence. AmeriCorps allowed me to do just that. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like for my students to enjoy math. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 3 points on the ACT. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? After AmeriCorps, I want to pursue something in personal finance for kids.

Member Spotlight: Jane Whitaker, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Jane Whitaker, 3rd Grade Math and Science Teacher, currently serving with Hayes K8, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I joined AmeriCorps because I wanted to help the community and city that I grew up in. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to be able to feel like I have made a difference in a few lives. I know teachers are vitally important to a child's upbringing and I want to be one that influences the children for the better. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement b

Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Mojica, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Elizabeth Mojica, 9-12th Grade Spanish 1-2-3 Teacher, currently serving with Woodlawn High School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I joined AmeriCorps because the organization aligned with my overall goals but more importantly, my values. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like for this service opportunity to help me grow as a thinker and an advocate for honest and meaningful work. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 3 points on the ACT. 4. What are y

Member Spotlight: Jake Landen, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Jake Landen, 7th Grade Science Teacher, currently serving with JCIB Middle Years Programme, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was motivated by the inequity that I saw around me. The Teach for America-AL AmeriCorps Program allows me the opportunity to work directly with the issue of education that is driving the inequality. I am motivated by the students because they are our future. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to serve because of the issues. I think that these opportunities to serve are made to test your values and what you choose to stand firm in. I choose to use my t

Member Spotlight: Hazina Dorius, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Hazina Dorius, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, currently serving with Wilkerson Middle School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? Through AmeriCorps, I wanted to help provide opportunities for underperforming students to strengthen their reading skills so that they will have better opportunities in life. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? The ability to connect more of my students and parents with resources within the community. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them

Member Spotlight: Hazina Dorius, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Hazina Dorius, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, currently serving with Wilkerson Middle School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? Through AmeriCorps, I wanted to help provide opportunities for underperforming students to strengthen their reading skills so that they will have better opportunities in life. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? The ability to connect more of my students and parents with resources within the community. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them

Member Spotlight: Hayley Crum, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Hayley Crum, 4th and 5th Grade Special Education Teacher, currently serving with West End Academy, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I wanted to be a part of the movement to bridge the gap in educational equity. AmeriCorps gave me this opportunity. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get experience and inspiration from this service opportunity. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 1.6 years in reading. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? I do

Member Spotlight: Hayley Crum, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Hayley Crum, 4th and 5th Grade Special Education Teacher, currently serving with West End Academy, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I wanted to be a part of the movement to bridge the gap in educational equity. AmeriCorps gave me this opportunity. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get experience and inspiration from this service opportunity. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 1.6 years in reading. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? I do

Member Spotlight: Nia Carter, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Nia Carter, 9th,11th and 12th Grade Science Teacher, currently serving with Greensboro High School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? Through AmeriCorps, I want to inspire children living in underserved communities to reach their full potential. I am dedicated to helping my students become productive members of society. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to help children in any way that I can. I want to support my students in all their endeavors inside and out of the classroom. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will

Member Spotlight: Hanna Kraker, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Hanna Kraker, 12th Grade English Teacher, currently serving with Selma High School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? The Teach for America-AL AmeriCorps Program motivated me to join. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? Resilience. Relationships. I want to see my students discover their voice and believe in the power of their words. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 3 points on the ACT. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? My future is wide open. I will go

Member Spotlight: Jessica Roberson, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Jessica Roberson, 11th grade English Language Arts Teacher, currently serving with Selma High School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was motivated to join AmeriCorps because I wanted to be an active part of a community working to advance justice and education for students in rural areas. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to continue growing and learning as a teacher, educator, and advocate for my community. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 3 poi

Member Spotlight: Haley Callahan, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Haley Callahan, 4th Grade All Contents Teacher, currently serving with Greensboro Elementary School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? When I first heard of Teach for America-AL AmeriCorps Program, I immediately knew it was for me. Having the opportunity to get into the classroom and shape young minds, is the most empowering experience. Every day, my amazing kids remind me why I chose this path in life, to make a difference. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? Through this opportunity I have found my passion, therefore I hope to grow and learn as a teacher throughout the next two years, so

Member Spotlight: Gary Mason, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Gary Mason, 3rd grade SS and Science Teacher, currently serving with Oliver Elementary School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? AmeriCorps provided the opportunity to join the mission for equal educational opportunity for our lower income communities. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to get networking opportunities from this service. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 1.6 years in reading. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? After AmeriCorps, I

Member Spotlight: Nia Carter, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Nia Carter, 9th,11th and 12th Grade Science Teacher, currently serving with Greensboro High School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? Through AmeriCorps, I want to inspire children living in underserved communities to reach their full potential. I am dedicated to helping my students become productive members of society. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to help children in any way that I can. I want to support my students in all their endeavors inside and out of the classroom. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will

Member Spotlight: Brittany Jenkins, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Brittany Jenkins, 9th and 10th Grade Math and Science Teacher, currently serving with Robert C Hatch High School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I believe in the mission of TFA-AL, that AmeriCorps provides, that one day all children will have the opportunity to have receive an excellent education. I wanted to be a voice and be in the process of helping children to reach their goals. Service is sovereignty and devoting myself to the cause of helping children will not only satisfy me but will help all children excel because they are the future. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would l

Member Spotlight: Gary Mason, Teach For America-AL Member

Meet Gary Mason, 3rd grade SS and Science Teacher, currently serving with Oliver Elementary School, a service site of the Teach For America-AL AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? AmeriCorps provided the opportunity to join the mission for equal educational opportunity for our lower income communities. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to get networking opportunities from this service. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on maximizing student achievement by having them grow 1.6 years in reading. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? After AmeriCorps, I

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