MTC '18 Spotlight: Achaia Moore

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NAME: ACHAIA MOORE

COLLEGE: SPELMAN COLLEGE

PLACEMENT: SIMMONS HIGH SCHOOL (HOLLANDALE, MS)

1. What made you want to join the Mississippi Teacher Corps?

I joined Mississippi Teacher Corp because I felt that my passion aligned with their mission. I have always loved the idea of education and the opportunities it brings. I was fortunate enough to have a great education but I know that isn’t the case for everyone. I wanted to have the chance to make sure that every child can have the chance to experience a quality education.

2. We hear you're about to take students to Atlanta for a tour of your alma mater (Spelman). What do you plan on showing them?

I’m so excited about this trip! This will be the school’s first time visiting Spelman and Morehouse. We will participate in the campus tours. I’ve also made arrangements for the students to meet with the admissions counselor and a few of my former professors.

3. You've taught for two months at Simmons (Hollandale) and been in MTC for four months now. What do you think of the overall experience?

I love working in Hollandale. The community is very welcoming and supportive. Our district has such a great program for new teachers that help us as we become better teachers. I love teaching ninth grade because this is their starting point for their college and career goals. Overall, it has been such a rewarding experience.

4. Sarah Chambers recently gave you a shout-out in an earlier profile. Is there anyone you'd like to give a shout-out to in your cohort?

I would like to give a shout out to Zach Borenstein because he hosts ACT prep classes for our students on Saturdays!

The Mississippi Teacher Corps (MTC) selects exceptional college graduates to teach in high-poverty public schools in Mississippi. MTC provides training, support, certification, and a full scholarship for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the University of Mississippi. During the school year, participants receive full pay and benefits from their school district and attend graduate classes at the University of Mississippi.

Hunter Taylor