Spring 2015| Posse D.C. Quarterly


Bucknell, Sewanee Scholars Selected as Breakthrough Teachers

Bucknell Scholar John Quinn with Prince George’s County Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin Maxwell.

Five Posse D.C. Scholars have been selected to participate in a teaching residency through Breakthrough Collaborative. The organization, which prepares underserved middle-school students for college success, leverages its “Students Teaching Students” initiative to train a new generation of urban teachers. Since 2008, Breakthrough Collaborative has selected a growing number of Posse D.C. Scholars for this extremely competitive opportunity.

John Quinn, a first-year history major at Bucknell University, will be teaching biology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. John, who aspires to be a school superintendent, is eager to gain invaluable classroom experience along with exposure to school administration practices.

“I am excited to spend a summer at Breakthrough, which will allow me to get hands-on experience while exploring my passion and learning how to be a strong and effective teacher,” says John.

Also from Bucknell, Scholars Shirah Moffatt-Darko and Gregory Chaimson will be teaching in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and New Orleans, Louisiana, respectively.

Cindy Cruz, a first-year Scholar at Sewanee: The University of the South, will be teaching literature in Philadelphia. Her fellow Posse member Brandon Iracks-Edelin, a psychology major, will be working with Breakthrough Greater Boston. Brandon looks forward to stepping into a leadership role and exchanging ideas with his colleagues while experiencing a new city.

“I am a firm believer that knowledge should be passed along by those that have it,” Brandon says. “By teaching at Breakthrough Collaborative, I can start sharing in the classroom where future leaders are developing.”

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