It’s official! I’ve paid my dues!
No, this is not my obligatory end-of-the-year post… that comes later. I’m just excited that I finally paid off my Teach For America loan. Right on time too with two days of school left!
In my opinion, the TFA criticism that irritates me most is the assumption that corps members teach in order to pay off student loans. I strongly disagree with this assumption and this opinion hurts the cause. I recall last year when one of my students (not realizing I was TFA) explained how her mom believed the “TFA-folks” only cared about their money and loans. I can only truly speak for myself, but a.) the quality of candidates TFA recruits means that most have attained scholarships that reduce if not eliminate any potential debt and b.) even if a CM did have debt, teaching is far from the most lucrative job.
At any rate, I appreciate Teach For America’s generosity in helping me transition from the North-East to the Delta. These grants and no-interest loans are critical for college graduates moving to a new location and who do not get paid until September. I truly appreciate the donors and financial backers of TFA in this regard. As for the critics, this is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme. Trust me on that one!
In other news, I ate my first full bag of Hot Cheetos for the first time today (I usually just give it out as rewards for grades). I see why my kids always need water afterwards!
Two more days…