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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.