Wednesday, December 8, 2010 | The Red a Black
Program aims to reform
By MARIANA HEREDIA
The Red & Buck
She sat down after class with her student and
read over the flash cards.
Together they sounded out the words. She was
teaching her student to read; however, her student
was not a kindergartener. He was a ninth-grader.
For two years, Kimberly Roholt, a University
alumna and law student, worked as an English
teacher in Henderson, N.C. She was a corps mem
ber for Teach for America, a national organization
that places recent college graduates in low-per
forming schools to teach.
“It is a reality check in terms of what the educa
tion system is like in certain areas,” Roholt said.
Roholt said she knew little about the deficien
cies of the education system prior to participating
in Teach for America.
“My kids went to schools that did not have
enough books. It was challenging,” she said.
To participate in Teach for America, college
graduates first fill out an online application, which
includes a resume and cover letter. A week later,
those who have advanced participate in a tele
phone interview and then a daylong interview.
After this process is finished, participants take
the teacher certification test and take part in a
five-week intensive teaching training program in
order to prepare for the classroom.
“Ninety percent of corps members have no
background in education, so they go through real
ly intense preparation,” Geales Goodwin, campus
coordinator for Teach for America at the University,
said. “We have been really well received. Most stu
dents, when they hear about the problems in the
education system, they recognize it is a huge prob
lem. They want to do something to challenge
these problems and change the reality.”
Participants in the program receive an award to
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▲ Alumnus Aaron Sayama participates in
Teach for America, which places grads as
teachers in low-performing schools.
help pay for education expenses, and Teach for
America covers training and certification costs.
Nevertheless, Roholt did not find this to be the
biggest reward the program offered.
“I will say that I think that my kids did just as
much if not more for me than I did for them,” she
said. “I miss my kids. You refer to them always as
your kids. They rely on you, and you remember
you’re doing it for them."
However, Roholt also said participants have to
earn the satisfaction they receive from the pro
gram. She said she had her “highest highs and
lowest lows” while teaching in Henderson.
“One of my students, my first week teaching,
asked me, ’Who are you to tell me about my life
and what my opportunities are?’” she said. “I had
to think about that question. We are coming from
different places, but even though our situations
were different that didn’t mean he couldn’t suc
ceed beyond what I did.”
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By TIFFANY STEVENS
The Red & Buck
University police are investigat
ing a man suspected of at least 20
textbook thefts during recent
weeks, University Police Chief
Jimmy Williamson said.
Williamson said they have iden
tified a suspect in the book thefts,
but are asking victims to aid in
“We know of one victim so far,
but we need other people who have
books stolen from them to come
forward and give a written state
ment,” Williamson said.
A notice sent by University
Police through Arch News Tuesday
reported police had confirmed the
theft of three books from three
individuals in the Miller Learning
Center on the same day.
The majority of the suspected
thefts took place in the MLC.
Williamson said police believe the
thief targeted students who left
their textbooks unguarded.
“Students will sometimes leave
their books on tables and get cof
fee or go to the bathroom,” he said.
“[The suspect] was just going
through then and grabbing books
off of tables.”
Williamson said police believe
the thief later sold the stolen
“We have 20 individual events
that have occurred,” he said.
Individuals with more informa
tion can contact the University
Police Department at 706-542-5813.
Thief escapes University
notice for two years
A University Internal
Auditing Division employ
ee reported s7l went miss
ing from the Performing
Arts financial records in
the last two and a half
years, according to a
University Police report.
The employee told
police “that he believed
the irregularity indicated
that a theft had occurred,”
according to the report.
Parent report leads to
An underage possession
of alcohol warrant was
issued for the arrest of
University student Yimaj
Seyf Sigh after a parent
asked police to check his
welfare, according to a
University Police report.
When police arrived at
Sigh’s Boggs Hall dorm
room they found the door
open and Sigh passed out
in his bed. Sigh had been
“vomiting proflisely” and,
because of his level of
impairment, was trans
ported to Athens Regional
Medical Center, according
to the report.