Meet Fu Yu, Teach For China 2009

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Meet Fu Yu, Teach For China 2009

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Fu Yu taught Politics and English at Pengtun Middle School in Heqing County, Yunnan as part of Teach For China’s inaugural 2009-2010 corps. As a Fellow, he led his Politics class to achieve the highest grade ranking among classes at his school. After completing the Fellowship, Fu Yu went to Carnegie Mellon University to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. In the summer of 2011, he worked with the United Nations Development Program on a wildlife protection project in South Africa. Of his experience as a Fellow, Fu Yu says:
 
I was so excited to have the opportunity to teach politics with Teach For China after graduating from college—I had been a social sciences major, and couldn’t wait to continue to engage in this course material with my own students. I never could have anticipated how hard this experience would be. I entered the classroom for the first time with a set of ideals and expectations for my students—transforming these ideals from my head into reality proved to be an incredible challenge. In the process, while working to transform the lives of my students, I myself was ultimately transformed. Working with my students, visiting them at their homes, and helping them overcome the obstacles they faced, sparked my own deep conviction that education inequality is a solvable problem.
 
This realization helped fuel my decision to apply to graduate school in the United States once I completed the Fellowship. I see this as an opportunity to understand in a more holistic way the various social, political, and economic factors that underpin the inequality in opportunity that my students faced. My experience as a teacher without a doubt has been a tremendous asset to my studies. Having seen at the classroom level the challenges my students faced, I am now much better prepared to understand the root causes of these challenges at a macro level. Last summer, I had the incredible opportunity to work with the United Nations Development Program on wildlife protection project in South Africa.
 
My experience at Teach For China had an indelible impact on myself and on my career path. I cannot think of any more meaningful way to spend the first two years after college—confronting monumental challenges, seeing firsthand that those challenges can be overcome, and growing together with your students.