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.