Teaching for America

Casandra Pedroza with her students (Herald photo by Lawrence Hilliker)

Casandra Pedroza with her students (Herald photo by Lawrence Hilliker)

Casandra (Casie) Pedroza majored in neuroscience at Washington and Lee and was on a premed track when she made a trip to Texas to work with Hurricane Katrina victims. Things changed. The 2007 graduate may yet make it to medical school. But for the moment, you can see Casie’s picture and read a story of her work as a fifth grade science and math teacher on the front page of The Herald, a rural North Carolina newspaper last week. Casie is one of three teachers assigned to schools in Johnston County, N.C., just southeast of Raleight, as part of the national Teach for America program. She is teaching at Corinth-Holder Elementary and told The Herald: “I don’t really work in a job where I’ve got to worry about myself a lot. No teacher really does. I think that is something you gain from working in a field like teaching. You learn to give more of yourself.”



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