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Anthropology major Ben Clanton '10 is one of seven recent Willamette graduates who will join Teach for America in the fall.Anthropology major Ben Clanton '10 is one of seven recent Willamette graduates who will join Teach for America in the fall.

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Seven Willamette seniors serve through Teach for America

Seven students from Willamette University's class of 2010 will join Teach for America in the fall, a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools.

The graduates were accepted from among a record 46,000 applicants for about 3,600 positions. The Willamette volunteers will impact nearly 600 young students through their service.

This year's Willamette teachers and their placements are:

  • Karina Garcia Loera, Los Angeles
  • Ryan Sasaki, Hawaii
  • Christina Peaslee, Denver
  • Jessica Myers, Bay Area
  • Emily Donaldson, Baltimore
  • Alyssa Romane, Detroit
  • Ben Clanton, eastern North Carolina

These seniors join a continuously growing number of Willamette students who follow the university's motto, "Not unto ourselves alone are we born," by looking for ways to serve others after graduation.

Numerous Willamette alumni join the ranks of Teach for America, Americorps and the Peace Corps every year. Willamette consistently ranks in the top 15 in the nation among small undergraduate universities for number of Peace Corps volunteers.

Willamette also was one of just six schools in the nation to be honored this spring with the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Presidential Award, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

05-25-2010