December 12, 2018
This spring, Miesha Adams ’18 will head south to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in Teach for America (TFA), where she will teach middle school math and science for two years.
“After graduating from MCLA, I knew that I wanted to work with low-income students and that I wanted to be inside of a school, whether it was a grade school or at the college level,” Adams explained. “I want to make a difference; not only in the classroom, but outside of it as well,” through helping students to develop skills that include creating resumes and preparing for job interviews, she said.
Adams, who earned degrees in both psychology and sociology, participated in activities while at MCLA that included serving as a mentor to younger students at a nearby high school through a program she helped to develop.
“I enjoyed going to Drury High School to help students with college applications and figuring out what they wanted to study,” she said. “I used what I learned to impact other people’s lives.”
The College, Adams explained, helped her to achieve her goals by providing the platform she needed to make changes within the school and the community. “MCLA allowed me to take advantage of every opportunity that pushed me toward my goals. Each and every person that I worked with while at MCLA gave me the tools I need to succeed.”
As she looks to the future, Adams envisions working with non-profit youth organizations to implement programs that will provide the tools necessary for low-income youth to succeed.
“TFA will help prepare me for future careers by guiding me through the education system and teaching me how to grow as a youth advocate and as someone who can advocate for equality for low-income families,” she said.