Keshia Boyd to teach for two years in under-resourced Memphis program
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Keshia Boyd, a senior from Spartanburg, says her four years at Wofford College have prepared her well for the prestigious Teach for America program to teach in under-resourced public schools for two years following graduation in May.
“I first became aware of the program during my freshman year,” she says, “but I believe my entire career here at Wofford has prepared me for what lies ahead during these next two years.”
Boyd, a Spanish major who found out she was accepted into the program while studying abroad in Chile during the January Interim, will be teaching in Memphis, Tenn. “I have been able to teach Spanish to local elementary school students as well as travel to the Spanish-speaking countries of the Dominican Republic and Chile, which has provided me a ‘hands-on’ application of what I have learned from engaging professors like Dr. Laura Barbas Rhoden in the foreign languages department.
She also has held leadership positions as president of the Association of Multicultural Students and chair of the Orientation Staff on campus. “That not only strengthens the education I’m receiving, but has taught me how to manage myself and others in intensive, group settings,” says Boyd, who also is earning a minor in business economics and a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Being accepted into the Teach for America program was highly competitive, Boyd says. “Last year, more than 38,000 people applied and only about 4,000 applicants were accepted, but after a rigorous application and interview process, I was placed in Memphis.”
Since its inception in 1990, the Teach for America network has grown to include 24,000 people. Currently, about 7,300 Teach for America corps members teach in 34 urban and rural areas profoundly affected by the achievement gap.
After her Teach for America experience, Boyd plans to attend graduate school for a master's degree in health care administration or public policy, with an ultimate goal of being a hospital administrator acting as an advocate for the underserved.
“I’ll admit I’m a little scared to leave Wofford,” Boyd says, “but I’ve been blessed with four amazing years here and I feel prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.”