Her time as a TFA corps member prepared Aisha Dennis for the courtroom. She credits her teaching experience with giving her the confidence to stand up and advocate for her clients in front of anyone. After learning how to captivate an audience of high school seniors - with their occasional bouts of senioritis - appearing in court, meeting with clients, and speaking with others throughout her cases, feels less intimidating.
Q & A
I matured due to the responsibility associated with being a teacher. Being “Ms. Dennis” changed my perspective on myself—I became a capable adult who was responsible for preparing high school seniors for their next steps and the real world. Given the weight of that responsibility and my ability to take it on, I now feel that I can do almost anything.
It further fueled my passion for serving underserved communities. I want to fight for social change in the legal arena just as I did in the classroom. I learned to captivate an audience and manage a large number of students with varying needs. This improved my court performance and helped me manage my caseload. I now have a network of justice-minded professionals who frequently lend me support.
TFA affirmed my beliefs and passion regarding the need for social change and justice. And while it may sound cliche, the experience showed me that I can really make a difference.