CollegeSpring Mentors Join Teach For America Corps

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Katherine Hitchcock, former CollegeSpring Mentor and current Teach For America Corps Member

San Francisco, CA, August 8, 2013 – Congratulations to the fourteen CollegeSpring mentors who were admitted to the Teach For America corps this year!  From Los Angeles, Kellie Caro, Irma Cruz, Rebecca Elias, Monica Esparza, Katherine Hitchcock, Shauday Klaz, Hunter Kubryk, Laura Lindeen, Scarlett Royston, Giovanna Secas, and Jamie Vogel have been accepted for the 2013 corps. Bay Area mentors Jamie Navarro and Kiaonno Bradley, and Michelle Pacione, who has mentored in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area, were also accepted for the 2013 corps.

These former CollegeSpring mentors recently completed their 5-week Institute where they taught summer school and helped their students master critical content for the fall.  They worked with experienced teachers who observed and coached them to improve their skills quickly throughout the summer.  Through their experience at Institute, they developed a foundation of knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to be effective beginning teachers, made an immediate impact on students, and built relationships that will support them throughout their corps experience.

The acceptance of these fourteen mentors into the 2013 Teach For America corps exemplifies how experience with CollegeSpring can serve as a powerful springboard into a career in education and educational equity.

“By working as a CollegeSpring mentor, I gained a snapshot of what it’s like to be a teacher by writing lesson plans, leading daily classes, and differentiating based on students’ needs.  But more importantly, I witnessed the impact that an involved role model can have on students’ lives,” explains Laura Lindeen, who recently graduated from the University of Southern California.

CollegeSpring and Teach For America recently formed a partnership to combine recruiting efforts in order to improve college access opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds. The two organizations are natural partners: CollegeSpring provides college students with the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience and Teach For America offers a pathway to a career in education for those students after they graduate. Both organizations look forward to working in tandem to make college possible for all high school students, especially those from low-income backgrounds.

Combined, CollegeSpring and Teach For America are cultivating the next generation of educators, providing them with opportunities to hone their teaching skills and make a difference in rectifying educational inequality in America. We are so proud of CollegeSpring’s 2013 Teach For America corps members and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish!

About CollegeSpring

Founded in 2008, CollegeSpring is the largest and most effective SAT preparation program explicitly designed to meet the needs of low-income and first-generation college students. It was founded on the belief that test preparation and college-readiness instruction should work together as an effective springboard to college. CollegeSpring’s program includes small-group mentoring with current undergraduates as well as instruction by professional teachers, so that students receive the personal and academic support they need to succeed. Learn more at

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1989, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. The first deadline for Teach For America’s 2014 corps is August 16th! Learn more here.