Living in Atlanta and the surrounding area since birth has made me affectionate for the city, its people, and some of its culture. I majored in Biology and was slated to become a researcher and ultimately a college professor once receiving my Ph.D. When I chose to forego pursuing a Ph.D at the LAST minute in Microbiology/Immunology and search for a more meaningful path and genuinely interesting career, I instantly thought of education. The value of a great education was instilled in me from a very early age coming from an immediate family of educators and a very supportive extended family. Being passionate about African-American Studies, I have always been interested in the plight of African-Americans which ranges from disparities in health to inequality in education. In Atlanta, low income communities are mostly populated with black people and therefore the majority of students making up the lowest tier in achievement will be black. My concern for the state of education in the African-American community and the values brought from my upbringing happened to somewhat align with Teach For America’s mission…so I decided to apply.