2012-07-20 / Milestones

Creech Joins Teach For America

Far Rockaway resident Lacarnly Creech has been accepted to the 2012 Teach for America 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.

Creech is a 2008 graduate of Groton School and 2012 graduate of Tufts University.

She joins Teach for America’s 23rd incoming corps, which numbers a record 5,800, and will be teaching in New York this fall.

Creech was selected from a candidate pool of over 48,000, and is part of one of the most diverse and accomplished corps in Teach for America’s history. Thirty-eight percent of these first-year teachers identify as people of color, including 13 percent who are African American and 10 percent who are Hispanic.

Thirty-five percent received Pell Grants (which are most often given to undergraduates with family incomes under $20,000), and 23 percent are the first in their families to earn a college degree. Ninety-eight served as studentbody president at their alma mater. Twenty-three percent are graduate students or professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, financial analysts, nonprofit staffers, consultants, and participants in other AmeriCorps programs.

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