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Teach For America Corps Members Recognized for Achievement in Innovation, Collaboration and Measurable Gains

June 18, 2008

Teach For America today announced the recipients of the Symantec Award for Innovation, which recognizes outstanding Teach For America teachers known as Corps members.

The award, sponsored by Symantec Corp., was established in 2003 to recognize Teach For America members who demonstrate innovation (through a project, program, or approach to teaching), collaboration (with fellow teachers, their students’ parents, and/or community members), and measurable gains in their students’ academic achievement.

“Today’s educators must use innovative teaching techniques to bring the best out of their students,” said John W. Thompson, chairman and CEO, Symantec and member of Teach For America’s National Board of Directors. “This year’s award recipients truly demonstrate the kind of dedication needed to foster and maintain strong self esteem within a child, as well as a commitment toward learning.”

“We applaud Symantec for recognizing the innovative work that our corps members do everyday to help our nation’s children reach their fullest potential,” said Beth Anderson, vice president of foundation relations for Teach For America. “Symantec’s Award for Innovation demonstrates their commitment to ending educational inequity. We are grateful to Symantec for providing this important opportunity to recognize the positive impact Teach For America corps members have on their students, schools and surrounding communities.”

The program for Symantec Award for Innovation has now grown to include the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Charlotte, N.C., Houston, and Washington, D.C., with at least one winner from each region.

The recipients of this year’s award in each region are as follows:

 --  Bay Area, Calif. - Adam Roberts (Bay Area Corps '07), Life Academy of     Health and Bioscience; --  Charlotte, N.C. -  Grace Chen (North Carolina Corps '07), KIPP Pride     High School; --  Houston, Texas - Katrina Rios (Houston Corps '06), Whittier Elementary     School; --  Los Angeles - Brianna Rojas (Los Angeles Corps '06), Stevenson Middle     School; and --  Washington, D.C. - Caitlin Rochford and Lisa Guido (Metro D.C. Corps     '06), Ballou Senior High School      

Teach for America corps members are a diverse group of top college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Gaining insight and added commitment from their experience teaching in an under-resourced community, corps members become lifelong advocates for education reform working in education, policy, law, medicine, and other sectors to affect the broader changes needed to bring about educational equity in our country.

About Teach For America: Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. This year, more than 5,000 corps members are teaching in over 1,000 schools in 26 regions across the country, and more than 12,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.

 Contact: Emily Del Pino Teach For America Phone:  212-279-2080 x619 E-mail: emily.delpino@teachforamerica.org

SOURCE: Symantec