GW Is a Top Teach For America Contributor

Alumna Julia King served as a Teach for America corps member in Gary, Ind.
September 06, 2012

George Washington among the top 20 medium colleges and universities.

George Washington is 13th in the nation for medium-sized schools when it comes to contributing the greatest number of graduating seniors to Teach for America, according to an annual list released yesterday by the nonprofit teaching corps.

Eight percent of GW’s 2012 graduates applied to the program, and 33 of them joined this year’s incoming corps. Throughout Teach For America’s 22-year history, 257 GW alumni have taught as corps members.  

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see GW make the list as a top supplier of Teach For America corps members--service is a core value, and this is just another example of that commitment by our students,” said Peter Konwerski, senior associate provost and dean for student affairs. “We worked hard last year to set a goal of increasing applications by last year’s senior class to Teach for America, and the class of 2012 really delivered on that goal in an impressive way.”

Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of individuals across academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools nationwide.

“It’s incredibly empowering to see George Washington University graduates give back and stand up for students across the nation who might not have the opportunity to set foot at GW unless they have teachers raising high expectations and working with them and their parents to reach their dreams,” said Anthony Buatti, director of recruitment at Teach For America. “The education they’ve benefited at GW from is allowing Colonials to do great things.”