Janiceia Adams grew up in Baltimore and went to the kind of school that Teach For America corps members teach in. She sat in tattered classrooms where there were never enough supplies, read raggedy and outdated paperbacks, saw some of her favorite teachers get laid off. But she was lucky—she also had teachers and mentors who expected the best from her. As a result, she graduated high school and went to the University of Maryland, College Park. She then became a teacher and taught 4th grade for three years in the South Bronx as a 2007 New York City corps member. She received her master’s in teaching from Pace University, and came back to her hometown of Baltimore as a manager, teacher leadership development for Teach For America. In her role, she supports 31 new teachers. Her favorite thing about Baltimore is being able to eat yummy crab cakes.
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