ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 11, 2008 –The Qwest Foundation today announced a $5,000 grant to support New Mexico’s Teach For America (TFA) to improve educational achievement in some of the state’s economically challenged areas.
TFA is a national corps of recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. This year, in New Mexico, a corps of 80 future leaders are positively impacting the lives of nearly 6,000 students in 40 public schools in the Navajo Nation, Zuni Pueblo and Gallup.
“Regardless of income or ethnic background, children deserve a quality education,” said Loretta A. Armenta, Qwest New Mexico president. “TFA has a plan to engage young bright teachers to work in our public schools, and it’s a program the Qwest Foundation supports.”
Landon Mascarenaz, executive director of TFA-New Mexico, said, “Our goal is to become the premier rural education program in New Mexico, both in terms of size, support and measurable success. Our teachers are making an incredible impact in their classrooms throughout their two-year commitment, and this generous donation from the Qwest Foundation ensures our continual success. After their commitment, many of our teachers remain in New Mexico to continue teaching or move into leadership roles in schools or organizations. We are building a critical mass of leaders who know that kids in rural areas can succeed and must succeed if we are to provide equal opportunity for all.”
TFA aggressively recruits outstanding college graduates to teach in urban and rural public schools, and invests in the training and professional development necessary to ensure their success as teachers in high-poverty communities. Teach for America teachers, also called corps members, go above and beyond traditional expectations to lead their students to significant academic achievement, overcoming the challenges of poverty despite the current capacity of the school system.
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The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.
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