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Mount Marty Student Joins Teach for America


Published Date3\7\2014
Mount Marty College senior, Julia Schrier, a mathematics-education major from Sioux Falls, SD, has recently been selected to participate in Teach For America (TFA). TFA recruits a diverse group of college graduates who demonstrate leadership and achievement to work to expand educational opportunity. Schrier will begin her teaching responsibilities during the TFA Summer Institute in June. She will then teach for two years in a low-income community. She will graduate this spring and begin teaching at Johnson College Prep in Chicago, IL next fall.

TFA provides intensive training, support and career development that helps its teachers increase their impact and deepen their understanding of what it takes to provide an excellent education for the nation’s most underserved kids. TFA Alumni, now over 32,000 strong, work at every level of education, policy, and other professions, to ensure that all children can receive an excellent education.

According to Dr. Nicholas Shudak, teacher education program director and Schrier's education advisor, "Julia embodies the Catholic and Christian mission to serve the human community that has developed through her educational career in the Sioux Falls Catholic School System and at Mount Marty College." He continues that, "Julia and I have been working closely and planning over the past two years by reading books pertaining to thinking about math competency as a civil right, attending national conferences and overall just preparing her to obtain her dream of teaching in an urban, underserved area."

Shudak feels it is his privilege to work with students like Schrier. "We are a unique program in that education professors at MMC are fortunate to work closely with talented students throughout their entire career, helping them do what they most passionately care about."

Last summer, Schrier worked for Breakthrough Austin in Austin, TX. Breakthrough Austin's goal is to create first-generation college graduates. Its philosophy is built on the belief that there are no quick fixes and that early, long-lasting interventions can make the difference between dropping out of high school or going on to college. Schrier is one of 16 Mount Marty College education majors that will graduate this spring and join the workforce.

For more information on the teacher education program at Mount Marty College, contact department chair Nicholas Shudak at nicholas.shudak@mtmc.edu or visit www.mtmc.edu.