THS grad joins Teach For America

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THS grad joins Teach For America

A Tallmadge woman has been accepted into Teach For America's 2014 teaching corps.

Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for low-income students. Corps members commit to teach for two years in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in pursuit of educational equity.

Jody McGraw, a 2010 graduate of Tallmadge High School, will teach in Southwest Ohio.

"I had a wonderful education growing up and I thought that was universal -- I thought all American children had the opportunity to learn in a great public school. It wasn't until I reached college that I realized that a child's zip code determines their education, their opportunities, and their future. Tallmadge City Schools gave me so much, in many ways they helped make me who I am; I joined Teach For America because I want all children to have those same opportunities, the opportunities to succeed," said McGraw.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, by the time they reach fourth grade, students eligible for free and reduced lunch are almost two years behind in reading and a year and a half behind in math, when compared to their higher income peers. Working in partnership with parents and principals, and alongside educators of all backgrounds, McGraw joins a diverse group of individuals dedicated to addressing these gaps.

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