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February 11, 2013

Senior Taryn Theriault was recently accepted into the highly competitive Teach for America Program, which places exceptional college graduates in struggling school systems throughout the country in order to close the achievement gap.

Theriault, an elementary education and social science double major, will spend two years teaching elementary students in Jacksonville, FL, following graduation this spring.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity,” Theriault says. “I was surprised to learn I was chosen. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 5-years-old. This will give me the chance to help out students who are in a difficult situation.”

The non-profit agency draws students from top public and private schools throughout the country. Theriault says she interviewed with students from Wellesley College, Regis College and Holy Cross.

To apply, a student must submit an online application, which is used to narrow down the field. That’s followed by a phone interview. Those chosen to move on must then take part in an in-person interview, which includes giving a 5-minute lesson in front of the evaluators and the other students interviewing.

“The interview process is really intense and nerve-wracking,” Theriault says.

This is not the first time Framingham State has placed a student in the prestigious program. Danielle Farmer ’12 is currently teaching in North Carolina through Teach for America. Theriault says the University’s success placing students in the program speaks to the quality of its educational programs.

“A big reason I got in is the support I had while applying and the training I’ve received over the past four years while preparing to be a teacher,” she says. “I was actually surprised by how well prepared I was. It gave me a chance to step back and realize how much I’ve learned”

Theriault, who is a peer mentor and president of the FSU Dance Team, says she has loved her time at Framingham State.

“My experience here has been incredible,” she says. “I received an excellent education and gained a lot of great friends.”

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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