Emma Rutland

School: Uplift Peak Preparatory
Class: 12th grade/College students - Road to College – Alumni Counselor
Experience: 6 years

Since moving to Dallas I have been committed to the mission of providing children opportunity through college preparation and access. After graduating from college, I joined Teach For America and taught high school Spanish for two years at A. Maceo Smith High School in DISD. While I found that I loved working in education and adored my students, I felt that my position was not providing me the opportunity to have as large of an impact as I wanted. I found that I spent time on helping my students research and apply to colleges and that I really enjoyed this. After my time as a corps member I looked for opportunities to work directly in college access. I discovered the Road to College program with Uplift Education, a network of charter schools in Dallas/Ft. Worth that primarily serves low-income, first-generation students. I joined the RTC team at their Peak Preparatory campus and for two years I served as the college counselor. In this role I supported our 11th/12th grade students throughout their college research and application process. This past year I transitioned into the alumni counselor role which consists of supporting our 12th grade students with their college and financial aid applications as well as providing support, mentorship, and guidance for our alumni in college so that they may successfully persist and graduate. I am entering my second year in this role and could not be more excited about the work ahead supporting our alumni realize the goal of obtaining a college degree. I look forward to serving as an EDAF fellow with Stand For Children and collaborating with dedicated educators to improve opportunities for our students.

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