Wendy Kopp

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Wendy Kopp
Founder and CEO of Teach for America

Sometimes you have to descend into the true depths of depression before inspiration strikes. When I was a senior in college, I descended into an incredible funk. I didn't know what I wanted to do after I graduated. Then one day it hit me: I wanted to teach in low-income communities. I knew I wasn't alone in this desire. So I set out to create a national teaching corps. The minute I thought of it, I became obsessed with the idea. I knew this was it.

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