For my TEL111 course, I had to interview an educator that I admire. I chose Ramya Vijayagopal for my assignment, a dear friend and a wonderful educator via Teach For America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Here is an excerpt from my paper about Vijayagopal:
I met Ramya Vijayagopal for the first time in the summer of 2016, where we were
coworkers in Residential Life at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Vijayagopal would be entering her senior year at Ithaca College in the upcoming fall and was starting to think about life after graduation. I listened to her bounce her multitudes of options around that summer, and was thrilled for her when she was accepted into Teach For America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she would be serving as a middle school science teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. Vijayagopal began her service in 2017, after her graduation from Ithaca College with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism. While serving her two years with Teach For America in
Philadelphia, Vijayagopal is pursuing a Masters in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders working to confront educational inequity, with the vision that one day all children in the United States will have the opportunity to receive excellent education (Teach For America, 2018). There are currently 53,000 alumni and 6,700+ Corps members across the United States. As Vijayagopal words it, “TFA is…good for people who want to work with youth and fight for education” (personal communication, June 2, 2018).
Here is where you can read my final paper.