HOUGHTON N.Y. – Irene Au of Hillside, a senior at Houghton College, was recently accepted into the prestigious Teach for America program.
Teach for America is an organization seeking leaders who are passionate about bridging the gap between instructor and student and willing to invest their energy into being a positive impact on students in underprivileged communities. Recognizing that a successful teacher must also be a dedicated leader, T.F.A. does not request education majors, but looks for leaders who demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, determination, critical thinking, perseverance, and the ability to work with and respect diversity. Applicants are chosen based on their perceived ability to succeed, which is decided by matching these traits with those of T.F.A.’s most effective teachers.
Au was assigned to teach special education in Philadelphia. As an education major, she was attracted to T.F.A. after discovering that they had the same program goal that she had set for herself.
“I wanted to be part of T.F.A. for this very reason,” said Au. “I want to positively impact the lives of my students through education, through being that kind of motivating role model in their lives.”
Over the summer, Au will take a teaching certification exam and attend a T.F.A. Summer Institute for a period of training before relocating to her placement.
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