Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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July 11, 2014

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Local students graduate from University of North Texas

The following University of North Texas students from your area received degrees at the university’s commencement ceremonies for spring 2014:

Corsicana:

Bryant Jackson, BBA in Accounting

Christelle Anais Yakana Moyine, BSBC in Biochemistry

E. Grace Lee, BFA in Studio Art

Kyle Jeremy Harrison, BS in Kinesiology

Ethan Joshua Cade, BA in English

S. Kelly Kormos, BBA in Finance

Marie Megan Atkinson, BAAS in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement

Rice:

Bernadette Orona, BA in Journalism

UNT is one of Texas' largest universities, offering 97 bachelor's, 81 master's and 35 doctoral degree programs. Many of these programs are nationally and internationally recognized.

 Tamesha Davis pledges to Teach for America                                    

Teach For America announced today that a Corsicana, Texas local has been accepted into the organization’s 2014 teaching corps. Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for low-income students. Corps members commit to teach for two years in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in pursuit of educational equity.

Tamesha Davis, a 1996 graduate of Corsicana High School, will teach in Dallas-Fort Worth.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, by the time they reach fourth grade, students eligible for free and reduced lunch are almost two years behind in reading and a year and a half behind in math, when compared to their higher income peers. Working in partnership with parents and principals, and alongside educators of all backgrounds, Davis joins a diverse group of individuals dedicated to addressing these gaps.

“Our corps members and alumni have made a meaningful impact with their students and communities over time,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. “I can’t wait to see the leadership, passion, dedication, and innovation this year’s corps will bring to their classrooms nationwide.”

A growing body of research demonstrates the effectiveness of Teach For America corps members. Recent studies by Mathematica Policy Research, the University of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee found that corps members have a positive impact on student achievement.

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