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03-08-2007

Clarkson University Grad Student Sara Strom Accepted into Teach for America

Clarkson University graduate student Sara E. Strom of Watertown, N.Y., has been accepted into the Teach for America program. Strom will join the program after she receives her master's degree in civil engineering this May.

"I was drawn to this because I have discovered that I have a passion for teaching," said Strom. "I wanted to do something service oriented after school as a way of giving back to the country as a whole. I feel I have been blessed with many opportunities and I want the chance to give those same opportunities to those who may not have them within their grasp."

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Corps members teach elementary- through high school-aged students who are financially disadvantaged and are generally years behind in their education. Teach for America has 4,400 members nationwide and serves 25 urban and rural regions.

Strom said that there is a need for math, science, and engineering majors. "Teach for America wants strong leaders who are willing to put in 150 percent to make a difference and help bridge the socio-economic achievement gap," said Strom. "They are there to be teachers and mentors. They are there to inspire the uninspired. They will prove to the kids that they teach that everyone, regardless of race and socio-economic status, can achieve and succeed in the world -- most importantly, that everyone deserves the chance to achieve and succeed in the world. They need to have someone believe in them and their abilities."

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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