2012 Salem State grad selected for prestigious Teach for America program

April Rossetti, of Saugus, Massachusetts, and daughter of Patricia Chang and Frank Rossetti, has recently received notification of her acceptance in the Teach for America program, which places a select number of college graduates each year at high-poverty public schools.

Rossetti, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Salem State in May, was a liberal studies/American studies major with an additional major in early childhood education. She applied to Teach for America on February 10, 2012, and was officially accepted into the organization on April 12, 2012. The new graduate left for program induction in New Mexico on May 26, and is currently at Arizona State University for five weeks of training.

Once she completes her training, she has been assigned to teach at an elementary school on a Native American reservation in the four corners region of New Mexico, where she will remain for her two-year commitment.

The nonprofit Teach for America recruits committed recent college graduates to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools, in the process growing the movement of leaders who are working to ensure that kids growing up in poverty have the same chance as other students to receive an excellent education. Less than 10 percent of graduating college seniors who apply for Teach for America are selected. In the words of a Duke University graduate, “I’d compare it with being accepted to an Ivy League grad school.”