Dd20 accepted at TFA

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Dd20 accepted at TFA
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Sun, 11-04-2012 - 5:26pm

We just found out that Dd20 will be teaching elementary students at a disadvantaged school in Indianapolis next year. We're nervous, excited, wary, proud... pretty much the entire gamut. I'm glad she was assigned to Indy - not as scary as some locations, still moderately close to home, not too far from friends at IU... and I'm glad she was assigned elementary - she just turned 20 a few weeks ago so she'll only be 20 when she starts teaching (hard to believe!). I have a lot of faith in her - she's incredibly organized and hardworking, and has more patience than anyone else in the family (way more than me or dd22) but still.... it's kind of scary!  We've talked about and read a ton about TFA over the past few months, but given the crazy low acceptance rate, I honestly didn't think dd would be accepted. She is completely over the moon and so thrilled and motivated. I hope it goes well for her. I am already planning to visit her new school, lol, and I did suggest maybe a trip out West next summer - she trains in Phoenix. Whew!

Theresa

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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 8:21pm

janetlz wrote:
<p>  He grew up in Berkeley and took a job in NYC, where he decided to stay on teaching, at least for now.  He's had the opportunity to get involved in several developing science and math education programs. Still, I know his parents are hoping he'll move back to CA.</p>

We hope she'll come back our way and doesn't end up staying there. :( Oh well, at least with cell phones and such we talk all the time anyway!

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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 4:09pm

Congratulations to your DD, Theresa!  I've been trying to say that since you posted but kept getting error messages every time I tried!

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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 10:24am

Congratulations to your DD, Theresa!  She should meet lots of interesting people in her TFA job, and from all your posts about her, I have a feeling she'll be ready for whatever challenges come up.

At least your DD won't be too far from home. My cousin's son was in TFA a few years ago.  He grew up in Berkeley and took a job in NYC, where he decided to stay on teaching, at least for now.  He's had the opportunity to get involved in several developing science and math education programs. Still, I know his parents are hoping he'll move back to CA.

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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 9:48am

 When you think of it, it's pretty crazy that any of these kids, whether they are 20 or 21, have to deal with very difficult high school situations. Being assigned to an inner city NYC high school to teach English literature with little to no training and little to no mentoring was what turned dd 23's bf off to teaching

I know! Personally, I sometimes think that any HS teacher should be at least 30 ;). It's hard to see these poor 22-23 year old kids straight out of college dealing with some tough 18 year olds!! Dd's greatest strengths are her calmness, patience, and order (this is a kid who loves ranked lists, prioritizing, scheduling) but I thought that her biggest challenge would be that she's sometimes TOO kind - she's never been one to raise her voice, which is mostly great, but....  I really worried that middle school kids (or God forbid HS kids) would walk all over her. One good thing is that she looks a lot older than she is, dresses much more adult than teen, and is tall - she has a lot of stage presence from her years performing. Adults and teens almost always guess her age as much older. Even if that doesn't matter as much given that she is in elementary, I hope it will help her with her colleagues. Luckily, we've read that the reception from co-workers in Indy is great (some cities, especially those with strike histories, can be more difficult).

It's hard to believe both girls are going to be out in the working world so soon!

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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 9:14am

That is fantastic! Congratulations to her!

Lisa 

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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 8:20am

Congrats to your dd, Theresa! I have a friend who lived in Indy for 5 years and loved it there. She volunteered at one of the lower income schools working with kids with behavior disorders and really enjoyed that, too. I admire those that can teach and guide our children and youth!

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Sun, 11-04-2012 - 6:51pm

Congratulations to your dd!  It sounds like she's an ideal candidate for the program because she's going in with real knowledge of its pitfalls and challenges and is ready for it.   It's great that she was assigned to an elementary school.  When you think of it, it's pretty crazy that any of these kids, whether they are 20 or 21, have to deal with very difficult high school situations.  Being assigned to an inner city NYC high school to teach English literature with little to no training and little to no mentoring was what turned dd 23's bf off to teaching.  Another of dd's friends thrived in a middle school setting. It's like she was born to do this.  She's tough!  The kids respect her and she loved the whole experience.