National Event to Raise Awareness of Educational Inequity Brings Leaders into Local Schools as Guest Teachers

For Immediate Release

Kaitlin Gastrock | Teach For America
646.315.1396 |

DALLAS, April 9, 2012Leaders from across the Metroplex will serve as guest teachers during Teach For America Week, to be held Monday, April 9 – Friday, April 13.Confirmed participants include AT&T Foundation President Beth Shiroishi, Dallas Examiner Publisher Mollie Finch Belt, Senior Vice President of State Farm Insurance Phillip Hawkins, Dallas First Lady Micki Rawlings, Embrey Family Foundation President Lauren Embrey, Chase Bank Dallas Region President Anne Motsenbocker, Fidelity Vice President of Public Relations Scott Orr, FedEx Office President and CEO Brian Philips, and philanthropist Ruth Altshuler.

Teach For America Week draws community leaders nationwide to support educational excellence for all children. These volunteers will visit the classrooms of Teach For America teachers, also known as corps members, and teach lessons based on their experiences in business, politics, and beyond.

“We’re excited about the broad range of leaders participating in Teach For America Week this year,” said Charles Glover, executive director of Teach For America in Dallas-Ft. Worth. “By sharing their expertise in classrooms across the city, these accomplished individuals will make a lasting impression on hundreds of students and help focus attention on the importance of providing all children with the educational opportunities they deserve.”

Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to expand educational opportunity. Teach For America’s network includes over 9,000 corps members teaching in 43 regions across the country and a national force of nearly 24,000 alumni at the forefront of efforts to end educational inequity.

This year in Dallas-Ft. Worth, 300 Teach For America corps members are reaching some 24,000 students in underserved schools while nearly 250 alumni are working from every sector to level the playing field for students and families in low-income communities.

Brian Philips, President and CEO of FedEx Office and Teach For America regional advisory board member, will teach in Rachel Harpster’s class at DallasIndependent School District’s Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School on Friday, April 13. A graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Ms. Harpster is in her second year of teaching.

“I’m looking forward to serving as a guest teacher during Teach For America Week and working with the class on a science lesson,” said Philips, who is participating in the event for the third time. “I believe there’s nothing more important than giving every child access to an excellent education, and it’s inspiring to see up-close the lasting impact Teach For America teachers and alumni have in our schools and communities."

A growing body of rigorous research demonstrates the effectiveness of Teach For America corps members as classroom teachers. Recent studies from LouisianaNorth Carolina and Tennessee found that corps members have a positive impact on student achievement. The Tennessee study identified Teach For America as the most effective of the state’s 42 teacher-preparation programs, with corps members demonstrating a greater impact on student achievement than the average new teacher in every evaluated subject area.

Schedule for confirmed guest teachers:

Beth Shiroishi, President of the AT&T Foundation
Thomas C. Marsh Middle School, Monday, April 9

Mollie Finch Belt, Publisher of the Dallas Examiner
Rufus C. Burleson Elementary School, Tuesday, April 10

Phillip Hawkins, Senior Vice President of State Farm Insurance
Robert T. Hill Middle School, Tuesday, April 10

Micki Rawlings, First Lady of Dallas
Nancy Cochran Elementary School, Wednesday, April 11

Lauren Embrey, President of the Embrey Family Foundation
L.V. Stockard Middle School, Wednesday, April 11

Anne Motsenbocker, President of Chase Bank Dallas Region
Ascher Silberstein Elementary School, Thursday, April 12

Scott Orr, Vice President of Public Relations at Fidelity
Thomas C. Marsh Middle School, Thursday, April 12

Brian Philips, President and CEO of FedEx Office
Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School, Friday, April 13

Ruth Altshuler
Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, Date TBD

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