Last summer, while interning with the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Shauna Myers, ’10, worked with the education provisions in the economic stimulus bill. As a result, she became deeply interested in pursuing education policy as a career. 

A mentor suggested she apply for Teach for America, saying that before she tackled policy, “You need to first get a feel for what is happening in the classroom.” Myers agreed, and this fall will begin a two-year stint as an elementary school teacher in the Washington, D.C., area. 

Myers believes teaching with Teach for America will help her to gain the insight she needs to someday help shape educational reform. Myers didn’t study education at Richmond ­— she majored in international studies with a concentration in Africa, and minored in anthropology and Latin American and Iberian studies. Yet,  “as a liberal arts major I have never felt pigeonholed,” she says. “I never felt like there is only one path to do the things I want to do.”