Teach for America Visits Campus, Penn Athletes

PHILADELPHIA - Margaretha Ehret, C'09, a three-time letterwinner and two-time All-Ivy selection for the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team, began teaching at Delaware College Preparatory Academy in August 2009 as a core member of Teaching for America. Recently this summer, Margaretha brought her students to visit the Penn campus where part of their day was spent with the Ivy League championship football team as well as the Quakers' men's basketball coaching staff and players.

Below is a recap written by Margaretha about the group's experience on the Penn campus and with the Quakers' student-athletes.

"When I graduated from Penn last May, never would I have imagined that I would be back at Franklin Field one year later with 50 kindergarteners! Immediately after graduation in May 2009, I became a part of Teach For America and I have not had a second to breathe since. After six weeks of intensive training last summer, I immediately began teaching Kindergarten at Delaware College Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Wilmington, Del.

All students at Delaware College Preparatory Academy, beginning in Kindergarten, are prepared academically for college. Not only do Scholars receive a great academic foundation, but they also learn what college is about and what it takes to be successful there. Students are also instilled with an unwavering intent that 'I will be a college graduate,’ which is very powerful, as many of our students will become first generation college graduates.

At my school, my homeroom was named 'UPenn' and my Scholars spent the entire year learning all about the University. Our homeroom was filled with pictures of Locust Walk, Franklin Field, Houston Hall, The Quad, Van Pelt Library, and more. At the end of the year, our scholars were extremely excited to finally get a chance to visit the campus!

The trip was a huge success! We started off touring the university and the students enjoyed going into the library and looking at all the computers, learning about 'the button,' and taking pictures with Ben Franklin! The scholars experienced being “big kids” while eating lunch in a lounge in Houston Hall.

We then went to Franklin Field and the Palestra for what was by far the most thrilling part of the trip. With the help of many people in the Athletic department, our scholars truly experienced the life of a student-athlete. Our gentlemen ran routes and worked on their football stance with a few members of the Ivy-League Championship football team. Our ladies worked on their stick and shooting skills with ladies from the field hockey team and new coaches Colleen Fink and Katelyn O’Brien. After exchanging a few cheers, autographs, and a bunch of high-fives, our scholars then met new head men's basketball coach Jerome Allen. Coach Allen and a few members of the team engaged in a shooting competition while our students cheered and were awed by their many fancy shots!

Our Scholars had a tremendous time on their field trip to Penn. They left with smiles on their faces and Penn Basketball souvenirs in their hands. The most rewarding part of the trip was hearing many of the students discuss on the bus how they want to go to Penn when they get older, and I am pretty sure there just might be some of them on campus in 2022!"

Margaretha Ehret graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2009. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and began teaching at Delaware College Preparatory Academy as a Teach For America Core Member in August 2009.

For more information about TFA please visit their website at www.teachforamerica.org. For more information about Delaware College Preparatory Academy, please visit their website at http://dcpacademy.org.