Brittanee Rolle, a 2008 graduate of Alcovy High School, has been accepted into Teach For America 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.
Rolle will teach in Chicago. She joins a growing number of career-changers entering the corps. Rolle comes to Teach For America from Jumpstart Atlanta at Georgia State University, where she worked as an assistant site manager.
“After a life changing experience in college, I decided I wanted to dedicate my life to serving the underprivileged. A fellow coworker told me about Jumpstart, which opened my eyes to the inequalities within education. My motivation to teach in low-income environments pulsates from witnessing the lack of highly educated teachers, resources and role models necessary for achievement,” Rolle said in a press release.
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, Rolle joins a diverse group of individuals dedicated to addressing these gaps, according to the press release.
“Our corps members and alumni have made a meaningful impact with their students and communities over time,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. “I can’t wait to see the leadership, passion, dedication, and innovation this year’s corps will bring to their classrooms nationwide.”