Teach For America comes again to Delta
by Courtney Warren
Apr 11, 2014 | 2804 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Teach for America participants will return to Cleveland again this summer for the TFA Institute and Delta State University.

Teach For America is a national organization that recruits talented recent college graduates and professionals to move to a part of the country that needs teachers. 

Anyone can apply to become a part of the movement at www.teachforamerica.org.

In 2013 TFA had just under 50,000 applications and 5,000 of those applicants were admitted into the corps.

Suzette Bengloff, director of development for TFA Mississippi, said, "This summer there is a lot planned for TFA Institute. Upon arriving in the Mississippi Delta new Mississippi teachers will be welcomed to campus with a kickoff dinner on the quad followed by a 3 day introduction to their new home. At the end of the week community hosts plan a dinner in their homes in Cleveland to continue to welcome our Mississippi teachers' home. On Sunday, June 8, the rest of TFA Institute moves in to DSU for the summer. During the summer corps members teach summer school at local schools across the Delta."

Bengloff also said this summer the Institute is expecting just under 600 corps members and staff members.

According to Bengloff, this year TFA Mississippi will have 360 first and second year teachers in the state of Mississippi.

"Teachers are hired in school districts from Tunica to Jackson. Beyond the 360 first and second year teachers, TFA has about 150 alumni that live and work in the state. Some alums have chosen to make teaching their career, while others have gone on to open their own businesses and non-profit organizations," she said.

With such a large group coming to Cleveland for the summer, the city will benefit through TFA members shopping and eating locally.

"The city benefits from TFA in a number of ways — most importantly, TFA corps members and staff eat and shop locally. With an influx of 600 people in Cleveland during the summer, it’s not a surprise that sales go up across town. TFA is fortunate to have such a great community partnership with DSU. It’s so important that our teachers are learning how to teach children in the Delta. Delta Institute is the only training site for TFA that is focused on rural education," said Bengloff.

Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell believes the incoming TFA members will greatly benefit Cleveland and said, "It brings Cleveland to life in the summer when things are generally very slow and it helps our economy so much and gives a real boost. It also helps Delta State."