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This Was Not My Original Plan

Moved by Teach For America’s mission, these alumni and corps members took an unforeseen detour in their career paths and it led to a lifelong calling.

By The TFA Editorial Team

January 24, 2019

My Original Plans

These alumni and corps members weren’t all planning to go into education. They were going to be psychologists, FBI agents, and dancers. Here’s how their Teach For America corps experience disrupted their careers and inspired them to dedicate their lives to expanding opportunity for children.

For many Teach For America alumni, working in education wasn’t part of their original plan. Read how their experience in the classroom transformed them both personally and professionally:

“I can’t really imagine doing something else that doesn’t have education involved somehow.”

Liliana Martinez
Houston Corps Member 2018

“I found my passion at a very young age... I realized that I was doing exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Sehba Ali
Houston Corps Member 1998

“My plan is to continue impacting communities.”

Leticia Huerta
San Antonio Corps Member 2017