CHHS Physical Education and Health Major Accepted into Teach for America Corps

Physical Education and Health major, Michaela Moran has been accepted into Teach for America, a national nonprofit that partners with communities to provide additional educational opportunities for children living in poverty.

Moran will begin her two-year commitment teaching secondary special education in Hawaii in the Fall of 2016. She said she could not be happier about this placement because of her strong passion for working with special needs children.

Moran's experiences volunteering for a special needs cheerleading team during her middle and high school years, working in her adapted physical education class at UNCW and working for her own nonprofit organization called Sole Sisters helped her realize her passion.

The turning point for Moran happened when she traveled with her family to Tijuana, Mexico to volunteer with Corazon de Vida, a nonprofit organization serving as a home, shelter and orphanage for children in Mexico.Her experiences working with the children there influenced her in the most positive way.

"There is nothing quite like the endless hugs and beautiful smiles on the faces of these young children," Moran said."I had been touched instantly, and right then and there I knew I wanted to work with children like this and have an opportunity to spend every day with them."

Moran found out about Teach for America through researching opportunities in education.The more that she learned, the more she knew she wanted to be a part of it.

Teach for America's mission is "to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence."

"I am passionate about making a positive impact on education," Moran said, "and the opportunity I have been given will not only allow me to do so, but it will allow me to do it alongside a team of other passionate and like-minded individuals."

Moran's main aspiration for the future is to continue to pursue work that will make a difference in people's lives.Currently, she is student teaching at an elementary school with a large population of autistic students. She will begin her pre-work for Teach for America soon and her five-week training in late spring of 2016.

Her advice to fellow students is to follow your passions, work hard and never sell yourself short.