Last week the Breakthrough Teaching Fellow recruitment team hit the road, visiting the AUCC career fair (The Atlanta University Center Consortium, comprised of the 3 major HBCUs in Atlanta, Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta), Brown University, and the White House HBCU conference in Washington DC. We presented our unique teaching opportunity to potential Teaching Fellow candidates and connected with alumni from across the country. Check out some of the highlights below:


At the AUCC career fair, Breakthrough National Director of Recruitment Jonathan Appleby (left) connected with Don Taylor (right), a former recruiter with Braven and current Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at Uncommon Schools. Breakthrough and Uncommon Schools have historically been pipeline partners and will continue to work together toward creating educational equity for both students and teachers.








We also visited with Leslie Cox, a former BT Atlanta scholar and 3-time Teaching Fellow. In sharing some of her experiences teaching with Breakthrough, Leslie recounted how incredible the program was for her development as a professional.






At the AUCC, Antron, a former BT Atlanta scholar, and Business major at Morehouse, was so excited to see the Breakthrough table that he started singing all the Breakthrough songs he could remember in the middle of the fair!  While Antron doesn’t intend to go into teaching occupationally, he was excited to learn that he was still eligible to apply to be a Teaching Fellow and he began recruiting his other Business major friends to apply with him.








At Brown University, Jonathan also met Caterina Dong, a Brown student and 2022 Teaching Fellow with Breakthrough Summerbridge at University High School in San Francisco. Caterina was the closing speaker for UHS’s end of Summer Celebration, and plans to return to BT Summerbridge for another summer teaching 2023.









Miltilla Hall, a former BT Miami scholar, High school volunteer, and 2021 Teaching Fellow has seen the program in nearly every facet! She was excited to say hello and share how much Breakthrough has meant to her.





Finally, this snapshot captures the HBCU fair at the DC Hilton, where attendees listened to an address by U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona.


This eventful East Coast trip kicked off recruitment season with excitement, generating quality connections and plenty of Breakthrough buzz.  Opportunities to reconnect with Breakthrough alumni were bountiful and we can’t wait to bring in the next cohort of Teaching Fellows!

If you are a college student interested in teaching or know someone who is, learn more about our Teaching Fellowship here.