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Paonia grad joins Teach for America anniversary corps

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Teach For America announced last week that a Paonia local has been accepted into the organization's 2015 teaching corps. Teach For America is a national non-profit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities. Corps members commit to teach in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

Brittani Venard, a 2009 graduate of Paonia High School and a 2013 graduate of University of Northern Colorado, will teach in Memphis.

In our country's lowest-income communities, just 6 percent of students will graduate college by the time they're 25. Brittani joins a network of 50,000 corps members and alumni working alongside parents, principals and communities for positive change.

"It is with incredible excitement we welcome this group of remarkable and diverse corps members," said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. "They join a group of 50,000 leaders who have raised their hand to be part of ensuring every child has access to an excellent and equitable education."

Over the past 25 years, thousands of talented individuals have launched or continued careers in social justice through Teach For America. Alumni have gone on to become leaders in politics, school systems, non-profit work, advocacy and more. Together, they form a nationwide network helping to expand and strengthen the movement to give all kids access to a great education.

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