Kaela Renee Collins
The University of Texas at Austin’s Teach for America recruitment team is continuing our Tuesday 2018 Corps Member features! We’re highlighting some of the amazing Longhorns who have signed on as corps members, such as Tai Massimiilian, in order to shed light on an organization that focuses on eliminating educational inequity once and for all.
We are excited to feature Kaela Renee Collins today! She is currently a senior at the University of Texas majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences. During her time on campus, Kaela has served as the Vice President of Black Student Alliance, Public Relations Chair and Secretary of the Big Twelve Council for Black Student Government, as well as the Historian and Financial Secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
She will be teaching high school science in Houston, Texas. Kaela believes studying abroad this past summer in Bluefield, Nicarauga, where she served as a mentor to students of all ages, has given her hands-on experience for the classroom. "Study abroad showed me how adaptable, creative, resilient, and capable I am in different environments."
Kaela is excited to embark on this adventure with Teach For America as she believes it will help her to analyze and refine exactly what kind of impact she will make with her career moving forward. She desires to do something bigger than herself as she believes "whether it be on your personal self or others, you should always be making an impact with anyone you come in contact with."
After her two years in Houston, Kaela plans to go to medicial school. Her long-term goal includes opening medical clinics in the United States and across the world. She saw firsthand in Nicaragua that healthier women create a healthier world. Additionally, she hopes to start a non-profit that gives minority students science-based education early in their academic careers. As STEM training is rigorous, Kaela wants to give low-income students the foundation they need to be successful in these fields.
Of her own education, Kaela says "I never had a science teacher who gave me what I needed to be successful in my major; therefore, I had to do a lot of tutoring and extra work to build up this foundation that I was never given. I want to give low income students this experience and preparation that they have not been alloted." This is also the reason that Kaela is teaching science to highschool students during her time as a corps member.
Kaela learned a lot through her Teach For America application. "The application process calls for some soul-searching and rigorous focus, which helped me discover exactly why I wanted to be a TFA corp member." Her advice for Longhorns considering the program? "Make sure you are being thorough and looking inward at yourself. You are successful by not taking this commitment lightly and dedicating yourself to making change throughout the journey."
Check back each Tuesday for more TFA Corps Member features! If you have any interest in applying, please reach out to our Recruitment Manager, Jorge Galan, Jorge.Galan@teachforamerica.org.