In celebration of Teach For America (TFA) Week, Senator Chris Coons served as a guest teacher at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington on Thursday. Leading the advanced biology class normally taught by TFA science teacher Ashley Sorenson, Senator Coons spoke with juniors and seniors about the value of higher education and encouraged the students to pursue careers in science or technology.
"The 21st century economy is taking root in science and technology, and if we want to make our economy stronger and our nation more competitive, we have to give students the skills they need to succeed in STEM fields," Senator Coons said about the experience. "It's imperative that our children have positive role models to reinforce the importance of education and encourage them to pursue higher education, and that is what young Teach For America educators do."
Since its launch in 1997, Teach For America Week has brought hundreds of distinguished guest teachers from across America into our nation's schools to inspire students and raise awareness about the challenges facing students in low-income communities and demonstrate that when students are given the educational opportunities they deserve, they reach their highest potential.
A longtime advocate for improving college access, Senator Coons introduced legislation last month to help increase the number of low-income students able to access and complete a college education. The American Dream Accounts Act would authorize the Department of Education to award three-year competitive grants to support innovative and comprehensive partnerships that support low-income students in preparation for a college education.