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 Heath Koch, in order to shed light on an organization that focuses on eliminating educational inequity once and for all.
Our 2018 featured corps member today is Annabel Wang! Annabel is a Chemical Engineering senior at U.T. from Keller, Texas. On campus, Annabel has been involved in Texas Orange Jackets, Society of Women Engineers, Engineering EXPO Committee, and Engineering Ambassadors. She will be teaching Chemistry at Oakland Community High School in the Bay Area in the fall.
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 the pharmaceutical industry because she wanted to use her math and science skills to problem solve and help others. After learning more about the pharmaceutical industry, she realized she would not be directly impacting people at the scale she wanted to impact. With TFA, she discovered that she can empower people to achieve their dreams and goals through education. "I’m passionate about education because I believe the everyone has the right to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams”
Of her long term career plans, Annabel hopes merge her experience in technology consulting with her TFA experience to develop technologies to enhance learning. She hopes to connect the science behind how our brain works with how we teach.
Annabel has had experience with UTeach on campus, which has helped her develop classroom and behavior management skills that will inevitably be useful in San Francisco next year. Additionally, she is enrolled in a UT course titled Sociocultural Influences on Learning, which discusses how race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status influence education. She also says that her leadership roles on campus have taught her to be a leader and work with a team.
Annabel's advice for current Longhorns considering applying to TFA is to “Dig deep and reflect. Remember your “WHY” throughout this process.” Additionally, she has found the TFA network extremely helpful. She applied at the beginning of her senior year & greatly appreciated how clear the roadmaps and deadlines were. "It was a very straightforward, streamlined process, which was different from that of other companies I was interviewing with!"
We look forward to seeing the impact Annabel makes next fall in the classroom and in her future endeavors! 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.