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ExxonMobil Gives $500,000 Grant to Teach For America

IRVING, Texas -- The ExxonMobil Foundation will contribute $500,000 to Teach For America to recruit and train math and science teachers for public schools in low-income communities in Dallas, Houston, southern Louisiana and Washington, D.C., continuing its 16-year relationship with the organization, the company reported.

The ExxonMobil grant will be used to recruit more than 1,500 top college graduates from across the United States to teach middle-school math and science. The funds will also support Teach For America's rigorous program of pre-service training, ongoing professional development and mentoring for these teachers.

"Improving the quality of math and science education in America's classrooms is a primary focus for ExxonMobil because we believe that education is the key to progress, development and economic growth," said Gerald McElvy, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. "Recruiting and training math and science teachers with strong content knowledge is a critical step to addressing underperformance in these subjects. Teach For America has a proven model that attracts our best and brightest college graduates, and ExxonMobil actively supports their mission to address the math and science achievement gap."

In 2004, Teach For America launched an initiative to expand its corps of math and science teachers to 4,000 by 2015, in order to serve more than 240,000 students annually. Teach For America recruits on more than 350 college campuses nationwide.

"ExxonMobil's longstanding partnership with Teach For America helps improve educational outcomes in our nation's highest-need schools," said Wendy Kopp, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America. "We are grateful for this support which enables us to bring thousands of talented and committed math and science teachers to schools where they have a profound impact of inspiring the next generation of math, science, and engineering professionals."

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