Port Chester college grad joins Teach for America
Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:00 PM
A young woman from Port Chester has been accepted into Teach For America's 2014 teaching corps. Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for low-income students. Corps members commit to teach for two years in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in pursuit of educational equity.
Olga Carcamo, a 2010 graduate of Port Chester High School, will teach in New York City.
"I chose Teach For America because I want to make a difference," Carcamo said. "I don't want to just teach students, but inspire them as well. Show them that myself, a Latina, made it through college and that any one of them can do so also."
Olga graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a degree in chemical engineering.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, by the time they reach fourth grade, students eligible for free and reduced lunch are almost two years behind in reading and a year and a half behind in math when compared to their higher income peers. Working in partnership with parents and principals, and alongside educators of all backgrounds, Carcamo joins a diverse group of individuals dedicated to addressing these gaps.
"Our corps members and alumni have made a meaningful impact with their students and communities over time," said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. "I can't wait to see the leadership, passion, dedication, and innovation this year's corps will bring to their classrooms nationwide."
A growing body of research demonstrates the effectiveness of Teach For America corps members. Recent studies by Mathematica Policy Research, Louisiana, Tennessee and the University of North Carolina
found that corps members have a positive impact on student achievement.
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, TFA recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to teach for two years in high-need schools and hopefully to become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. In the 2013-14 school year, the TFA corps included 11,000 teachers in 48 urban and rural regions across the country. Today, TFA's 37,000 alumni are working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit teachforamerica.org.