Becoming a Teacher: How AmeriCorps Worked for Grace Beverly

As part of our celebration of AmeriCorps Week, we’re highlighting how AmeriCorps worked for VM alumni.  This is just one of many success stories!
Grace Beverly served as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in Class 23.  Grace was a recent college graduate with a degree in education who was struggling to find a teaching position.  As a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator, Grace helped to create and manage a High School Assessment tutoring program at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore.  While helping her students to succeed, Grace gained experience working full-time in a school and interacting with parents, teachers, and students.  Her hard work paid off for everyone: Digital Harbor High School students were better prepared for the High School Assessments; attendance in the Parent Involvement Group increased and; just this January, Grace started teaching full-time at Hilltop Elementary School in Glen Burnie, where nearly 60 percent of the students live are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

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