Laura File, a 2013 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, has been accepted into Teach For America.
File, a history and religious studies major from Beckley, will begin teaching middle school math in Philadelphia this fall. She joins Teach For America's 24th incoming corps.
Teach for America is comprised of recent college graduates and professions who commit to teach for two years in rural and urban public schools.
"Through working in the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development, I began to better understand the issue of education inequality and the detrimental impact it has on the lives of young people," File said. "Teach for America has made great strides in bridging the educational gap, and I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of this important movement."
File was selected from a candidate pool of more than 57,000, with applicants from more than 2,600 universities across the country.
The new corps of teachers join Teach For America's nearly 28,000 alumni who work across all sectors to effect change. Two-thirds are working full-time in education, with one-third as classroom teachers and one-third in other roles including principals and superintendents.
"I had the privilege of getting to know and learning from excellent teachers during my time at Wesleyan," File said. "In and out of the classroom, I was inspired by not only their passion for students, but also by their love of learning. I hope I can inspire my students to love and cherish learning like Wesleyan professors did for me."
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. More information is available online at www.teachforamerica.org.