The University of Texas at Austin’s Teach for America recruitment team is continuing our 2017 Corps Member features! We’re highlighting some of the fantastic individuals who have signed on as corps members, such as Mikaela Casas, in order to shed some light on an organization that focuses on eliminating educational inequity once and for all.
Today’s featured member is John Falke, a 2017 Corps Member! John is a Business Honors and Supply Chain Management major from Houston, Texas. During his time at UT, John has been involved in Undergraduate Business Council, Student Government, and the Senate of College Councils. When asked about the relevance of his student organizations to his post-graduate plans, John said, “Student Government and Senate of College Councils gave me a lot of alumni in TFA and an opportunity to experience the legislative and policy-making process on a university level and advocate for small changes that I believed in.” Currently, John serves as an Ambassador on the UT Teach for America Recruitment Team.
John will be teaching middle school in Dallas/Fort-Worth in the fall of 2017. Similar to his student organization experiences, John was inspired to get involved with TFA because of his passion for policy, and he hopes to harness that passion in the classroom. “I joined TFA because I think it’s important that policy-makers and the decision makers of our government experience the issues surrounding educational inequity. Education is the biggest and most important public policy issue in the world. Having the power to shape students’ lives is a critical responsibility and something that I look forward to, so that one day, we can be proud of every single child having the same opportunities. I want to be on the front lines in pushing for education reform and fighting for children.”
One of the reasons John is so willing to take on the fight against educational inequity is because of his own high school experience, which serves as the opposite of many of his future students’. “It’s important for me personally to get involved in the fight against educational inequity because I did not experience inequity in my educational background. I had AP classes available, teachers that cared about my success, robust extracurricular activities and sports programs at my disposal, and a solid community that was rooting for me the whole time. Many students in this country don’t have that, and it’s important that we all leverage our privileges to make sure that others can one day be afforded them, as well.”
After his time teaching, John hopes to attend graduate school for public policy. But in the meantime, John is ecstatic to get into the classroom and “give back to Texas”.
Stay tuned for more 2017 Corps Member features! If you have any interest in applying, talk to our Recruitment Manager, Jorge Galan. He can be reached at Jorge.Galan@teachforamerica.org.