Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-07-11

Five recent Samford University graduates have been accepted into the Teach For America program and will begin their teaching assignments this fall.

The new corps members, with their hometown and town of assignment, are: Kathryn Harrell of Amelia Island, Fla., Charlotte, N.C.; Brittany Heathcock of Florence, Houston, Texas; Rob Howell of Haleyville, Charlotte, N.C.; Lauren Welty of Carmel, Ind., St. Louis, Mo.; and Emily Whitworth of Owings, Md., St. Louis, Mo.

The five May Samford graduates are part of Teach for America's largest entering corps of new teachers in its 18-year history. The 3,700 new teachers were selected from a record 24,718 applicants.

Teach for America corps members commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.