Two UST alumni to hold info session Monday on Teach for America program

Two UST alumni to hold info session Monday on Teach for America program

Kathryn Hermes ’02 and Matthew Mahoney ’02 will hold an information session on the Teach For America program from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in Room 319, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

Teach For America is a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools.

The corps seeks applicants of all academic majors; no previous educational experience or coursework is necessary. Corps members receive full first-year teacher salaries and benefits, and they are eligible for financial aid. Loan deferral, forbearance and interest payment on qualified student loans also are offered during the two-year commitment.

Hermes taught with Teach For America in the Mississippi Delta from 2003 to 2005. She extended her commitment and teaches fourth grade in Tunica, Miss. Before joining Teach For America, she was an international economics major with theology and Spanish minors at the University of St. Thomas.

Mahoney is in his second year with Teach For America. He teaches fifth grade at Jonestown Elementary School, in Jonestown, Miss. He majored in history at the University of St. Thomas.

Students who are interested in hearing more about Teach For America should send an e-mail to Hermes or Mahoney to set up an appointment for further discussion and to hear more about their experiences.

Also visit the Teach for America Web site.