Jayda Batchelder had already enrolled in Tulane University’s graduate program when she was accepted to Teach For America for a two-year assignment in Dallas. Thinking she’d return to New Orleans after, she requested a leave of absence.
“It’s so funny how you make plans for yourself, but you don’t realize there’s definitely a much greater plan,” Batchelder said.
Batchelder taught eighth-grade science and saw improvement in students’ test scores. She visited those students the next year to prepare for her second year of teaching.