Fundación MAPFRE Partners With Teach For America To Welcome Excel Academy Students For Career Day

Community Foundation Partners with Teach For America–Massachusetts to Support Professional Development, Coaching, and Community Building at Excel Academy East Boston

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Webster, Mass., April 2, 2018—Through a partnership with Teach For America–Massachusetts, Fundación MAPFRE welcomed students from Excel Academy East Boston’s eighth grade honor society to their North American headquarters today for a career day at MAPFRE USA. Students were greeted by Alfredo Castelo, President and CEO of MAPFRE USA, representing Fundación MAPFRE in the U.S., and other MAPFRE leaders.

“It is a privilege to spend time with the exceptional students from Excel Academy,” said Mr. Castelo. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the lives of these fine young men and women by sharing our business experiences and immersing them in MAPFRE USA’s corporate culture with this on-site day of learning.”

Today’s visit was part of a yearlong collaboration, which has included a $75,000 investment by Fundación MAPFRE in Teach For America – Massachusetts to deepen the support that the organization offers its teachers and school leaders at Excel Academy East Boston. At the beginning of this school year, MAPFRE USA employees also donated school supplies to Excel Academy’s students and classrooms

“Teach For America corps members and alumni are one third of our faculty,” said Excel Academy East Boston’s Head of School and Teach For America alumnus, Jennifer Gallaspy. “These are leaders who understand the value of innovation in education and believe deeply in all children. We are fortunate to work with the Fundación MAPFRE and Teach for America partnership on two different occasions this year and are excited to see the impact of this leadership trip on our students.”

By partnering with Teach for America–Massachusetts, Fundación MAPFRE is creating community impact through improved access to high quality education for students, and customized local engagement aligned to the needs of Excel East Boston.

“Today  in  America,  the  circumstances  of  children’s  births  predict  the  opportunities  they  have  in  life.  Children  growing  up  in  historically  marginalized  and  disenfranchised  communities  lack  access  to  a  broad  spectrum  of  resources and opportunities,” said Teach For America – Massachusetts executive director, Josh Biber. “We’re enormously grateful for MAPFRE’s partnership so that TFA can work alongside other great educators at Excel East Boston to create opportunities like today’s career day, allowing students to dream big and understand their own great potential.“

Currently in their ninth year of partnership with Massachusetts public schools, Teach For America–Massachusetts has a network of over 2,200 alumni and corps members across the state who have made a lifelong commitment to ending inequity in education.

Photo 1 (linked, also available via email): Excel Academy East Boston 8th Grade Honor Council members join Teach For America and MAPFRE leaders for a field trip to discuss leadership at MAPFRE’s North American headquarters in Webster, MA.

Pictured left to right:

  1. Tom Millett, Dean of Students, Excel Academy East Boston (Memphis 2010)
  2. Riley Hallahan, 8th Grade Honor Council Member, Excel Academy East Boston
  3. Lesley Ajtum, 8th Grade Honor Council Member, Excel Academy East Boston
  4. Cecilia Vargas, 8th Grade Honor Council Member, Excel Academy East Boston
  5. Vanessa Ajtum, 8th Grade Honor Council Member, Excel Academy East Boston
  6. Alfredo Castelo, President and CEO of MAPFRE USA, and representing Fundación MAPFRE in the U.S.
  7. Vanessa Hernandez, 8th Grade Honor Council Member, Excel Academy East Boston
  8. Marlon Boada, 8th Grade Honor Council Member, Excel Academy East Boston
  9. Ashley Martinez, 8th Grade Honor Council Member, Excel Academy East Boston
  10. Saul Romero Perez, 8th Grade Honor Council Member, Excel Academy East Boston
  11. Josh Biber, Executive Director, Teach For America - Massachusetts
  12. Narni Summerall, 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher, Excel Academy East Boston (Massachusetts 2017)
  13. Jose “Pepe” Velasquez, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, MAPFRE USA

Photo 2 (linked, also available via email): Excel Academy East Boston’s 8th Grade Honor Council members walk into MAPFRE’s North American headquarters in Webster, MA.

Photo 3 (linked, also available via email): Excel East Boston students arrive on their school bus to MAPFRE’s North American headquarters.

Photo 4 (linked, also available via email): Alfredo Castelo, President and CEO of MAPFRE USA, representing Fundación MAPFRE in the U.S., welcomes students and shares reflections on leadership.

About Fundación MAPFRE  

Fundación MAPFRE is a non-profit institution that aims to improve people’s quality of life, especially for the most underprivileged in society.  In 2017, the foundation carried out 300 programs worldwide in fields such as education, health, road safety and culture.  These projects benefited almost 23million people.   For more information about Fundación MAPFRE, please visit www.fundacionmapfre.org/fundacion/en

About Excel Academy East Boston

Excel Academy’s first charter school founded in 2003, is a regional, public charter school that admits students from East Boston, Chelsea, and surrounding communities through an open public lottery. The school enrolls students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. In 2015, Excel East Boston was named runner-up for the Pozen Prize for Charter Schools. On recent statewide PARCC exams, Excel East Boston 8th graders ranked among the top 15 public schools across the Commonwealth in performance.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in 53 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of 56,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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