Two Wheaton student leaders have been chosen to participate in Teach for America (TFA), a select corps of college graduates who commit to teaching for two years in low-income communities across the nation.
Sarah Mielbye ’09 of Attleboro will teach in Connecticut, while Kristine Vilagie ’09 of Carver will head to Phoenix, Arizona. Both will teach in elementary schools.
“It’s not what you get out of it. It’s what you give,” said Mielbye, an international relations major who is minoring in development studies.
“This is my two years of service to my country.”
The Wheaton students were selected through a rigorous admissions process that involved an application and essay, multiple interviews and a mock teaching demonstration by each candidate. Selection is highly competitive: The 2008 TFA corps comprises 3,700 teachers selected from nearly 25,000 college seniors and recent graduates.