Caroline in the Delta

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

Caroline in an Autobiography

I’m 26, entering my fourth year teaching 6th grade in my placement site in Dumas, AR. On my TFA application preferences I said, “put me anywhere  but…” and removed the 5 northernmost locations. Michigan is where I lived until 22, but I now more proudly claim Arkansas as home.

I’ve done a solid amount of short-term TFA leadership roles, most recognizably as a CMA at the 2012 Delta Institute. Summer after my third year teaching I held a similar role for a new organization called the Arkansas Teacher Corps, and now work part-time assisting in the design of their year-long fellow (new teacher) development and vision setting. I’m also working on getting a Master’s of Ed Leadership from Arkansas Tech through the Walton-sponsored LEAD21 program. I strongly recommend any Arkansan professional looking to get a master’s to apply – even and especially first year TFA teachers!

Personally I am most balanced when able to compulsively write and run daily. I’m training for the 2014 Mississippi River Marathon to be my first full marathon– another thing I encourage everyone to do!

I have another, way more personal and with shorter entries, blog at and am a contributor to the TFA blog TeacherPop. And last, I’ve gotten a few emails from this blog and always love them: [email protected]