July 15, 2014 6:33 PM

Focus on Education (07/16/14)

Two Modesto grads have joined Teach For America, committing to teach for two years in high-needs schools near New Orleans and in the Bay Area. After graduating from Yale, 2010 Enochs High graduate John Gonzalez will teach in the Greater New Orleans Louisiana Delta region. Tomara Hall, a 2009 graduate of Davis High, will teach in the Bay Area, with school placement yet to be finalized. Gonzalez said his Ivy League experience was possible because of strong academic and personal support. “Others are not so lucky, and I am serving in Teach For America because I want to be an advocate for those who did not have the opportunities I had,” he said. Founded in 1990, Teach For America placed 11,000 teachers in 48 high-needs urban and rural regions in the 2013-14 school year. For more, visit

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