Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive officer of Teach for America, the nonprofit organization that enlists top college graduates to teach in under-resourced urban and public schools, will deliver the main address at Dartmouth College’s 2012 Commencement exercises on Sunday morning, June 10, on the Green.
Kopp proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis at Princeton in 1989 and has spent the last two decades building and running the organization. Today, more than 9,000 corps members teach in 43 regions across the country. Teach For America offers coveted, highly selective, two-year commitments to recent graduates who help continuously raise the quality of education in poor school systems. Their time in the classroom leads many TFA participants to become lifelong advocates for the expansion of educational opportunity.
“It’s a tremendous honor to address the Class of 2012. Dartmouth students have always had a strong commitment to public service, and many have gone on to become some of Teach For America’s most outstanding corps members and alumni,” said Kopp, who will also receive an honorary degree at the event.
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