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U.S. Representatives And Mayor To Head Local Event

Published on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 (1:58 p.m.)

Reps. Joe Heck, Steven Horsford, and Dina Titus and Mayor Goodman Join Other Local Leaders to Serve as Guest Teachers in National Event to Raise Awareness of Educational Inequity

LAS VEGAS, April 29, 2013—Leaders from across the state will serve as guest teachers in public school classrooms during Teach For America Week, to be held April 29–May 3. U.S. Reps. Dina Titus (1st District), Joe Heck (3rd District), and Steven Horsford (4th District) and Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman are among the civic, business, and community leaders slated to participate.

An annual event since 1997, Teach For America Week draws community leaders nationwide to support educational excellence for all children. These volunteers visit the classrooms of Teach For America teachers, also known as corps members, and lead lessons based on their experiences in business, politics, and beyond.

“We’re humbled to welcome three United States representatives and our mayor, who are all participating in Teach For America Week for the first time this year,” said Victor Wakefield, executive director of Teach For America in Las Vegas. “We are also excited to welcome back community leaders who participated in the past, as well as several supporters new to the event this year. By sharing their expertise in classrooms across Clark County, these local, state, and national leaders will make a lasting impression on hundreds of students and help focus attention on the importance of providing all children with the educational opportunities they deserve.”

Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to expand educational opportunity. Teach For America’s network includes more than 10,000 corps members teaching in 46 regions across the country and a national force of nearly 28,000 alumni at the forefront of efforts to end educational inequity.

This year in Las Vegas, 170 Teach For America corps members are reaching more than 42,000 students in underserved schools while some 160 alumni are working from every sector to level the playing field for students and families in low-income communities.

“Top quality teachers inspire and energize children to learn," Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. "Therefore, they are needed in every classroom in every school throughout Las Vegas. Each child has the right and deserves the equal opportunity for maximizing his/her potential through participating in the finest education.”

Rep. Horsford will teach Friday, May 3, in Ryon Tanara’s class at Canyon Springs High School. A graduate of University of California-Irvine, Tanara is in his first year of teaching.

“I always enjoy seeing dedicated teachers working to provide the best education possible for their students,” Rep. Horsford said. “I’m looking forward to spending time with Mr. Tanara’s class. I truly believe strong schools are the foundation of educational opportunity and our state’s future.”

Rep. Titus will visit Joel Antwi’s class at Chaparral High School on Thursday, May 2. A graduate of American University, Antwi is in his first year of teaching.

“I’m excited to participate in Teach For America Week,” Rep. Titus said. “As professor emeritus at UNLV, I look forward to returning to the classroom for a day, spending time with Las Vegas students and meeting the teachers who work tirelessly to give our young people a quality education and a chance to fulfill their potential.”

Rep. Heck will teach Monday, April 29, in Emily Champlin’s Head Start class at Acelero Learning in Henderson. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Champlin is in her first year of teaching.

“Providing our children early access to a quality education is one of the best ways we can prepare them for success later in life,” Rep. Heck said. “Teach For America puts outstanding teachers where they are critically needed - in classrooms around Nevada. Teachers like Ms. Champlin make invaluable contributions to our schools and to our communities and I am looking forward to interacting with her students as part of Teach For America week.”

Schedule for Confirmed Guest Teachers:

U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, 3rd District
Acelero Learning Head Start – Henderson, Monday, April 29, 8:45–9:45 a.m.

Carolyn Edwards, President, Clark County School District Board
Mojave High School, Monday, April 29, 9 –10 a.m.

Steve McCracken Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Acelero Learning Head Start – Professional Development Center, Monday, April 29, 1–2 p.m.

Connie Yeh, Head of Education Initiatives, Downtown Project
Acelero Learning Head Start – Sunflower, Tuesday, April 30, 9:15–10:15 a.m.

Deanna Wright, Trustee, Clark County School District Board
Dell H. Robison Middle School, Tuesday, April 30, 1–2 p.m.

Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission
Walter V. Long Elementary School, Wednesday, May 1,Time of Lesson: TBD

Doretha Graham-Easler, Community Relations Manager, NV Energy
D.L. “Dusty” Dickens Elementary School, Wednesday, May 1, 10–11 a.m.

Rick Darnold, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, Boyd Gaming
Western High School, Wednesday, May 1, 10:45–11:35 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, 1st District
Chaparral High School, Thursday, May 2, 9:30-10 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, 4th District
Canyon Springs High School, Friday, May 3, 9-10 a.m.

Myron Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Smith Center
Monaco Middle School, Friday, May 3, 9:20–10:10 a.m.
Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor
Monaco Middle School, Friday, May 3, 10:15-11:00 a.m.

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, more than 10,000 corps members are teaching in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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