signing my life away

As of right now, I have pledged the next two years of my life to closing the achievement gap in Washington DC with Teach for America as a special education teacher.  On my commitment webpage, they asked me to explain why I chose to join TFA.  So here it is.

I decided to join Teach For America because of the difference teachers made in my life and out of a desire to be the same for other low-income students who, like I did, maybe feel like there are barriers to their success.  I’ve made this decision because I strongly believe that all students, no matter how humble their origins and regardless of the color of their skin, are a wealth of potential for future success.  I believe that the achievement gap in America’s schools is something that keeps our nation’s greatest resource — the fresh innovation of brilliant minds — from being explored to its fullest potential.  I am committed to doing what I can to help tap that resource and show my future students the absolute ability they possess to grow, learn, and succeed in our country, as well as revealing to society the impact these students can have when they are given the chance.

So there it is.

Thanks friends, family — all of you dear ones out there — for your enthusiasm, your encouragement, and most of all, your steadfast belief in me.  Thanks for telling me to go for it so unequivocally.

Much love and happy smiles.

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About Emmie Mears

Saving the world from brooding, one self-actualized vampire at a time.

Posted on 20 May, 2009, in friends, thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hey,

    Congratulations!

    It’s really great that someone with such conviction has decided to join us in education. Even though TFA is a bit controversial in many circles, we can never forget that the kids are the most important part of the process.

    Hope training goes well. It’s been said that TFA training is way too short to prepare you for the classroom, so if you feel confused, frustrated or about ready to give up–and you will–drop me a line…or any of the other teacher-bloggers out there. Trust me, I’ve been there.

    Good luck, and always keep your chin up 🙂

    Best,
    Mr. D
    http://mrdsneighborhood.com

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