What’s Up Alum? – Michelle Costa

28 Sep

My name is Michelle Costa and I graduated from the Elliot School of International Affairs in 2008 with a degree in International Affairs and Economics.  Since then I have been working as a Teach For America corps member in New York City teaching high school mathematics at a transfer high school in East New York, Brooklyn.

Michelle Costa (4th from Right) and students

Michelle Costa (4th from Right) and students

How did I end up where I am today?  Well, as a freshman in the University Honors Program I came across an opportunity in one of the UHP Newsflashes to work as a Campus Campaign Manager with Teach For America.  I looked into the organization and realized that it was something that I could be interested in so I applied and accepted the position.  Professors and staff at the University Honors Program were continuously supportive as I worked to recruit some of the top students at GW, including many honors program alumni.  Holding events in the club room and sending announcements over the list serve, I was able to increase the number of corps members from GW by over 300% my senior year.  After working for Teach For America’s recruitment team for three of my four years at GW I decided to apply to teach in NYC.  My first year teaching was a whirlwind of experiences, ranging from discouraging days with low attendance and failing test scores to days where my students actively participated and mastered the objectives of the lesson.  I am now going into my second year teaching and I am eager to push myself to become a better teacher so that I can help my students to be even more successful.

One Response to “What’s Up Alum? – Michelle Costa”


  1. “Seniority should not be the standard” [Alum in the News] « theUHP Blog - February 11, 2011

    […] improving education.  Michelle teaches high school in Brooklyn, and we’ve heard from her here in the […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: