Teacher will work in high-need area

Teach For America recently announced that Ann Zahniser from Lake Oswego was accepted to the organization’s 2012 teaching corps.

Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational opportunity for all students.

Zahniser is a 2007 graduate of Jesuit High School and 2012 graduate of University of Oregon. She joins Teach For America’s 23rd incoming corps, which numbers a record 5,800, and she will be teaching in Phoenix this fall.

Zahniser was selected from a candidate pool of more than 48,000.

This fall marks the first time more than 10,000 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members will be teaching in high-need classrooms in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, representing a 10 percent increase over last year’s total corps size.

“More than 16 million children are growing up below the poverty line and, unless things change, only 8 percent of them will get through college by the time they’re 24,” said Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach For America. “Given the progress we’re seeing in schools and districts across the country, we know this is a solvable problem.

I’m so inspired by the individuals in our large and diverse corps who have chosen to join the effort to tackle it. With hard work, dedication and the partnership of their schools and communities, they are poised to make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of students while gaining the perspective and experience necessary for a lifetime of educational leadership and advocacy.”

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