Alyssa Gonzales

“I’ve dedicated a lot of my career fighting for others and I really think advocating for education about things as basic as healthy relationships early on would alleviate negative behaviors that we have to unlearn later. The same goes for recycling and composting and eating right. Education is the beginning of all that is good AND bad in the world and I’d prefer to be on the right side of this fight.”

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Ian McEntee

Something as simple as making a student feel valid means so much. I want to be the queer role model I never had. I grew up very comfortable with accepting parents and in Austin, but, still, I didn’t see anyone who was open and living as their true and authentic selves. There’s beauty and love behind that. I want to be that for a student who is figuring out their own identity.”


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Josephine MacLean
Faith Simon

Faith will spend her next two years giving all her time to middle schoolers in Dallas-Fort Worth. After that, she wants to get her PhD and become a professor in the sciences. In Faith’s experience, she has never had a black professor in UT’s College of Natural Sciences. She wants to change that for the next generation of students.

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Josephine MacLean
Austin Smith

Austin does a lot of care-work here at UT. He works with VAV, and has been an RA in the quad for 3 years. His unique view of unmet needs in the student population led him to become involved in the Interpersonal Violence Peer Support (IVPS) program — a  place where students can come talk to other students about their experiences and receive support and direction in a place that isn’t required to report to the Title IX office.

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Josephine MacLean
Steven Santoyo

Going into DISD as a Middle School Generalist, Steven doesn’t know exactly what he’ll be teaching yet, but he knows what message he wants his kids to leave with. “‘I believe in you,’ those words can change a kid’s life,” he said. “I was very lucky. I got that message from my parents and from my coaches and public school teachers, and I think maybe that was the difference for me. I want to give that message to the kids I teach.”

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Christina Wen

“I can’t wait to emphasize to them that I just want them to grow as much as they can. I know I’ll make mistakes, but I’m looking forward to embracing that and learning from my mistakes and seeing how these kids are gonna shape me.”

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Josephine MacLean
Debborah Bain

Teach For America wasn’t Debborah’s original plan, but after she discovered it, she realized it was exactly the place she needs to be. “I feel like, if my teacher had only taught for one year, he did so much for me personally,” she said. “If you’re in the classroom, whether it’s for two years or a lifetime, you still have so much of an impact.”


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McKenzie Hartmann

For McKenzie, college has been a perspective altering experience because she’s taken the time to explore her own values, and now she knows what she wants to work towards. “Figure out what makes you angry and figure out what you can do about it,” she said.

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Josephine MacLean
Dyana Martinez

Dyana Martinez wants to lead an education revolution. “There are some fundamental issues in our education system in the US and my goal is to tackle those from the political aspect,” she said.  

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Josephine MacLean
Hasan Tinwala

Healthcare is Hasan’s passion, and after Teach For America, he plans on going to medical school. Tinwala believes his experience as a teacher will directly impact his work later on in life as a doctor.

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Josephine MacLean
Diego Macias

For Diego, Teach For America represents a way to give back after all the opportunity teachers have created for him. He encourages those applying to ask themselves, “What does it mean to you?”

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Lauren Bell

“Seeing people happy and if they’re not happy, figuring out what I can do in my power to make them happy — I just love that,” she said.


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Annabel Wang

On her interest in TFA, Annabel says that she has always wanted to make positive change and create sustainable solutions. During her freshman year, Annabel was pursuing pharamceuticals because she wanted to use her math and science skills to problem solve and help others. After learning more about pharmacy, she realized she would not be directly impacting the people she wanted to impact. With TFA, she discovered that she can empower people to achieve their dreams and goals through educaiton. 

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Jorge Galan
Heath Koch

Today's spotlight feature is 2019 corps member Heath Koch. Health is a junior from Carrollton, Texas, majoring in Chemical Engineering. On campus, he has most notably been involved in Student Engineering Council, Men Can End, Camp Kesem, Steel Pan Ensemble, and Texas Blazers, where he will serve as the Vice chair of membership next year.

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Jessica Giles

Today's spotlight feature is Jessica Giles! Jessica is a senior at UT studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. Here at UT, she serves as president of National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, and a social coordinator for Texas ALDPES. After graduating, she'll be working as high school teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

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Jorge Galan
Kayla Eboreime

Hello everyone! Today's spotlight feature is Kayla Eboreime! Kayla is a junior at UT studying Public Health and Pre-med. Here at UT, she's been involved with the Women in Natural Science, the Council for Diversity Engagement, and the Black Student Alliance. 

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Michelle Smith

Today’s featured member is Michelle Smith.  Michelle, a senior from Midland, Texas, majored in Youth & Community studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. At UT, she has been most notably involved in YoungLife, where she served as a leader for middle school students in Lake Travis.

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Claire Renaud

Today's spotlight Corps member is Claire Renaud! Claire was a UT student who studied Finance and minored in MIS before graduating in 2015. After graduating, Claire initially went on to pursue a career as a commercial banker for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Dallas. After a year, she decided to join the Corps as an elementary teacher in Washington DC. Currently, Claire is in her second year as a literacy teacher at a charter school in DC.

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Stephanie Castellanos

This week’s featured member is Stephanie Castellanos. Steph is an International Studies senior. While at UT, she has been most notably involved in the Foundations Scholars Program, University Leadership Network, and as a research associate for the Family and Child Center for Well-Being in the School of Social work.

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Paulina Hernandez-Trejo

Today's spotlight is Paulina Hernandez-Trejo! Paulina is a senior at UT currently studying English. During her time at UT, Paulina has served as a Resident Assistant, been a member of the RA executive Board, and been involved with the Hispanic Business Association. Next year, Paulina will be joining the Jacksonville Corps!

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Jorge Galan