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Giving Back in the Classroom

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Erica-robbFrom sitting in a classroom on campus to teaching in a second grade classroom, Erica Robb '15 is pursuing a career doing what she loves while also giving back to the community. The early childhood education graduate works with Teach for America to lead a second grade classroom at Woodhome Elementary and Middle School in Baltimore.

"Although it has not been an easy few months, I am proud of the work I have done to help my students succeed and I hope to continue to improve my practice as an educator throughout the rest of the year,” Robb says. “Being a part of Teach for America has given me the opportunity to not only pursue my dream career in education but also become a part of an organization working towards educational equity for all children no matter where they live."

Teach for America is a national nonprofit that is part of the AmeriCorps network and recruits college graduates of all academic majors, interests, and backgrounds to teach in low-income public schools. Members commit two years to teach, and receive an entry-level teacher salary plus an education stipend to apply to student loans or teacher certification. Participants also do not have to make student loan payments during the two-year period. Alumni of the program leave with the firsthand experience to make an impact not only in the classroom, but in law, policy, and entrepreneurship.

"It is wonderful to see someone working in Teach for America who has completed an educator preparation program and really been trained to teach," says Mary Ann Rafoth, dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences. "Robert Morris's teacher education program prepares our students to teach in diverse settings and meet the needs of all learners."

By Megan DeArmit