Welcome back to school, Longhorns! The University of Texas at Austin’s Teach for America recruitment team is back with weekly features of future, current, and alumni corps members. Today, we are highlighting one of the amazing 2018 corps members in order to shed light on an organization that strives to ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve the highest level of academic success, regardless of socioeconomic background.
Today’s featured corps member is Jake Polansky, a senior from Richmond, Texas. Jake is a business student majoring in supply chain management. He currently works on campus as a Campaign Ambassador for Teach for America. During his time in Austin, Jake has served as the president of Texas Iron Spikes, an Orientation advisor, as well as a member of UT’s Pancakes for Parkinson’s.
Jake first learned about Teach For America in high school. He was inspired to serve children from low-income backgrounds after his experience as a counselor at Camp Impact, a summer camp program for underprivileged and homeless youth. “What drove me to Teach for America was the connection I felt with TFA’s mission of solving educational inequity in our country. But, the connection I’ve made with other 2018 early admit corps members is ultimately what cemented my decision to join TFA. There are incredible student leaders across our country who all share a passion for closing the educational opportunity gap and I’m excited to be a part of that network.”
After graduating in May, Jake will be working for the corps in South Louisiana. Jake is excited to take on his new challenge in Baton Rouge! When asked about what aspect of teaching he is most apprehensive about, Jake replied “it may prove difficult to relate to my students since we come from very different backgrounds, but I will strive to be open and a mentor to my students despite these circumstances.”After his two-years in Louisiana, Jake plans to pursue a masters in public policy and ultimately a career in education policy.
Jake’s advice for current students considering applying the corps is to “be yourself during the application process. If you are passionate about education equity and touching the lives of students, TFA is the place for you.” He found the early application process as a junior to be especially helpful, as he received a great deal of support from the recruitment team and was able to learn more about the work that Teach for America does.
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.