Love follows heart, passion to Tulsa with Teach for America

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LOVE IN ACTION. Shelby Love '16 is passionate about helping kids grow intellectually and emotionally.

When Shelby was at the Jubilee Conference (a CCO conference that teaches college students how to integrate faith into every part of their lives), she attended a break-out session by Teach for America (TFA) that encouraged her to use her degree to serve others.

TFA corps members commit to teach for two years in low-income communities. At the end of their time, many stay in the classroom; others move into careers in politics, school leadership, nonprofit work, advocacy and more.

An intervention specialist education major, Love was eager to serve, especially in the inner-city. While at Malone, she volunteered with Tiqvah: Hands of Hope, an afterschool program for children in Canton City Schools.

“Above all, Malone’s education program has taught me the importance of teaching each child, not a subject,” Love said. “Teach for America’s goal is to eliminate the education gap in schools.”

As Love prepares to make her home in Tulsa, Okla., she says she is ready for this transition and eager to meet her students where they are and help them grow intellectually and emotionally.

“I want to create an atmosphere that makes learning fun,” Love said. “I want my students to come to school knowing they are safe, challenged, and in charge of their future.”