Teach For America announced July 17 that Laura Fritze, of Andover, has been accepted to the organization’s 2012 teaching corps.

Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools, and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational opportunity for all students.

Fritze is a 2008 graduate of Andover High School and a 2012 graduate of Oklahoma State University. She will join Teach For America’s 23rd incoming corps, which numbers a record 5,800 people, and will be teaching in Oklahoma this fall.

Fritze was selected from a candidate pool of more than 48,000, and is part of one of the most diverse and accomplished corps in Teach For America’s history.

“More than 16 million children are growing up below the poverty line, and unless things change, only 8 percent of them will get through college by the time they’re 24,” said Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach For America. “Given the progress we’re seeing in schools and districts across the country, we know this is a solvable problem. I’m so inspired by the individuals in our large and diverse corps who have chosen to join the effort to tackle it.” 

A rigorous and growing body of independent research demonstrates that Teach For America teachers are well prepared and effective in the classroom. The latest report, released in February by the University of North Carolina, identified Teach For America as the most effective source of early-career teachers (less than five years of experience) among 12 teacher-preparation programs in the state. Recent studies in Louisiana and Tennessee also found Teach For America to be the most effective new-teacher-preparation program statewide.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teaching in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. This fall, more than 10,000 corps members will be teaching in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni will work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit them online at www.teachforamerica.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.