Teachers are the heart and soul of the movement to expand educational opportunity. Today, 12,000 alumni are full-time pre-K through 12th grade teachers. The impact of their commitment to students, students' families, and communities can never be understated.
Alumni Teacher Spotlights: Why I Teach
LAUREEN WIMBLEY (HOUSTON ‘07)
“While I may not be teaching kids who look just like me, they are in many ways a portrait of my younger self...I teach kids who need role models, and I can, in many ways, affirm their existence not simply out of sympathy or compassion, but because I empathize with their upbringing. I am fulfilling my passion and my responsibility, choosing to return each year to a low-income community, similar to the one I grew up in, and empowering our kids.”
WHITNEY WARE BIRENBAUM (BALTIMORE ‘05)
“Middle school students are at an important crossroads in their lives. In my Humanities classroom, my goal is to create a space where they can develop the belief that their voices matter. I want students to expand their curiosity about the world, and to learn the necessary skills to change it for the better.”
JAMES SHERIDAN (HOUSTON ‘00)
“We have such power as teachers and coaches. We can give our students the leadership that spurs action, the word that inspires a student to believe, and the hope that what seems impossible is totally within reach.”