Profile / Jessica Rauch
Jessica Rauch is from Murrieta, CA and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with University Distinction and Highest Honors in Sociology. After graduating, she joined Teach For America, the national nonprofit that places teachers in high-need classrooms. She taught 4th grade for 2 years in Bronx, NY at P.S. 86 while completing a MS in Childhood Education at Bank Street College. Jessica served as math development leader for all 4th grade teachers, advised on a math tracking system for 72 classroom teachers, served as writers workshop instructor for new teachers, and was selected to advise Teach For America NYC on its Corps Member Committee. Her class was 1 of 30 in NYC to be selected for the Guggenheims Learning Through Art program, and 5 of her students' art was featured in the Guggenheim. Jessica then joined Teach For America staff as a recruitment director, achieving record numbers in 2007.
Profile / Eli Savit
Eli Savit was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, and graduated magna cum laude from Kalamazoo College in 2005 with majors in political science and philosophy. Eli deferred law school to join Teach For America and taught 8th grade social studies for 2 years at C.I.S. 339 in the South Bronx. A founding member of the social studies department at CIS 339, Eli wrote the school's long-term social studies curriculum plan and founded its first-ever student newspaper and student government. During his time in Teach For America, Eli was selected to write social studies curriculum for Teach For America teachers across New York City. He also attained a Masters in Teaching from Pace University, specializing in adolescent education and social studies. In 2007, Eli helped launch Glassbooth.org, a non-profit, issues-based website matching users with 2008 Presidential candidates. In 2010, Eli graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.