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March 29, 2017

Hendrickson to Work with Teach For America

Daniele Hendrickson of Elkton, MD has been selected for the Teach For American program.  A senior biochemistry major at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Hendrickson will be teaching general science in Delaware.

Teach For America is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.  The organization aims to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting college graduates from top universities around the United States to serve as teachers who commit to teaching at least two years in a public or public charter K-12 school in one of the 52 low-income communities the organization serves.

Hendrickson first became interested in Teach For America when she was weighing her post-graduation options.

“I realized that I was not that interested in going to graduate school after graduation,” she said.  “I went to a professional development workshop that covered alternative post-graduation programs.  This sparked me to look into Teach For America more, and as I did, I realized that I could put together the two things I had been passionate about- science and working with children.”

She then began the application process that included an essay and a variety of questions.  From there, she was invited to participate in a group interview where she had to teach a 5-minute lesson and complete classroom activities, as well as endure a one-on-one interview.  After being selected for the program, she completed a placement survey and learned she would be working in Delaware beginning June 19.  After an intensive summer program, Hendrickson will begin teaching sometime in August.

“I am pretty familiar with Delaware since I live about five minutes from the Maryland/Delaware state line,” commented Hendrickson, “but I still do not know a lot about the areas I could possibly teach in.  I am excited to learn more about the state.”

Hendrickson credits her experience in Wesleyan’s Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) as integral in her acceptance into the Teach For America program.

“Wesleyan gave me the opportunity to learn so many different things from professors who truly supported me,” she said.  “Wesleyan also gave me the CCE.  Without all the work I have done through this organization, I would be in no way the same person I am today.”

As a student, Hendrickson serves as a teacher’s assistant, cowriter of a Sodexo Youth Hunger grant, resident assistant, Service Scholar, a sister of Alpha Delta Pi, president of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and a member of WE LEAD and LEAP.

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