Erin LeRoy Accepted Into the Highly Competitive Teach for America Program

Manhattan College student, Erin LeRoy, class of 2011 and a resident of DeWitt, N.Y., has been accepted into Teach for America.

Manhattan College student, Erin LeRoy, class of 2011 and a resident of DeWitt, N.Y., has been accepted into Teach for America, a highly competitive program whose mission is “to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.”

“I'll be teaching secondary English, either middle or high school, in the Mississippi Delta,” said LeRoy, a secondary English education major with a minor in music. The program begins in early June with a Teach for America Summer Institute, and LeRoy will start teaching in her own classroom in late August or early September.

While at Manhattan College, LeRoy spent much of her time volunteering with the campus ministry and social action department’s service program L.O.V.E. (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience). LeRoy traveled to New Orleans twice with L.O.V.E., and was a leader during the second trip this past January.

“It was on my first trip to New Orleans that I fell in love with the South and I knew I wanted to return to teach,” said LeRoy when remarking on her first trip last summer.

Peter J. McCarthy, Ed.M., and Ed.D., assistant professor of special education and elementary education, said that LeRoy has a special spark. “Ms. LeRoy brings a sense of maturity, commitment, humor and spark to all that she undertakes, and she is able to imbue all those around her with the same qualities.”

Teach for America currently has 8,200 corps members serving in 39 urban and rural regions. Since 1990, more than 20,000 alumni have worked with more than 3 million students.

For more information, please contact Liz Connolly at (718) 862-7232 or e-mail public_relations@manhattan.edu.