The University of Texas at Austin’s Teach for America recruitment team is back with another 2018 Corps Member feature! We are highlighting some of the fantastic individuals who have signed on as Corps Members, such as Jessica Robinson, in order to shed some light on an organization that focuses on eliminating educational inequity once and for all.
Our 2018 featured corps member today is Caroline Reasoner! Caroline is a senior at U.T. from Houston, Texas. She is pursuing a degree in the Plan II Honors department with Spanish and Business minors. On campus, Caroline has been involved as the Vice President of Finance of Pi Beta Phi, a member of the Plan II/KIPP program, and, currently, as a Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach For America. Caroline will be teaching Early Childhood Education in New York City in the fall!
On her interest in TFA, Caroline says that she has always known that she would incorporate her passion for working with children into her career in some capacity, but it was not until she volunteered in low-income educational environments where she became especially interested in education. "When I witnessed, in my own community, the great disparity between the environments in which students were learning, I knew that I wanted to do whatever it takes to bridge the education gap and expand opportunities for students with low-income backgrounds. I attended a small, private school from kindergarten through graduation in which I received the most supportive, yet challenging education. Through Teach For America, I desire to bring this positive educational atmosphere, which fosters a love of learning, to deserving students throughout our nation."
After her two-year commitment in the classroom, Caroline plans to stay involved with education policy. She knows her experience with TFA will mold her future career, and looks forward to learning from her students just as they will learn from her. "Through my role as a Campus Campaign Coordinator, I have gotten to know many inspiring TFA alums in Austin and throughout the U.S. What makes Teach For America special is the vast and active network of former corps members who are working together to enact change in and outside of the classroom in their own unique ways, even after their commitment to TFA ends. I feel inspired to have the opportunity to be a part of this community."
Caroline's advice for longhorns considering the program? "Do not be discouraged or intimidated by the application process! Throughout the application, I was able to learn more about myself and become even more deeply invested in Teach For America's mission. I highly encourage anyone looking to create value in the lives others to apply. Investing in the youth of our nation is one of the most worthwhile causes to take on & having the chance to do it immediately after graduation makes this work even more significant."
We look forward to seeing the impact Caroline makes next fall in the classroom and in her future endeavors! Be sure to check back next Tuesday for another feature. If you have any questions or interest in applying, please talk to our Recruitment Manager, Jorge Galan. He can be reached at Jorge.Galan@teachforamerica.org.