Harvard Contributes Most Grads to 2011 Teach for America

The University is the top contributor among medium-sized schools.

Sixty-six Harvard graduates will join the ranks of Teach for America this fall, making the University the number-one contributor among medium-sized schools for the second time in four years. Recruiting top talent from recent college graduates and professionals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, perseverance, and leadership, Teach for America requires participants to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools, and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunities. During the 20-year history of the national education corps, more than 440 Harvard alumni have taught as corps members. 

In her 2010 Commencement speech, President Drew Faust spoke of the importance of public service, highlighting the Teach for America program and quoting the words of Harvard graduate and TFA corps member A. J. Garcia: “It is possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, but by far the most rewarding,” Garcia wrote. “At the end of every day, I might leave work mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted, but it is the best type of exhaustion and…well worth the impact of closing the achievement gap one child at a time.”

You might also like

The Uses of Discomfort

The first in a series of public conversations about Harvard and the legacy of slavery

An “Egalitarian Curiosity”

How to encourage free speech and inquiry on campus

#MeToo Meets Mt. Olympus

A new play at the A.R.T. provides a modern take on ancient mythologies   

Most popular

Cora Du Bois

Brief life of a formidable anthropologist: 1903-1991

A Fast Start

First-years Ngozi Musa and Gabby Thomas help set the pace for track and field.

Harvard Endowment Decreases by $1.9 Billion on Negative Investment Returns

A negative investment return and annual spending reduce the endowment’s value 5.1 percent.

More to explore

Picking Team Players

A test can identify these productivity-boosting personnel.

Irene Soto Marín

Ancient history professor studies coins, ceramics, and Zelda.

Getting His Reps in

Anwar Floyd-Pruitt’s wildly profuse art