Unfortunately, this week (now 4 weeks into my training program, 3 weeks in front of my class of first grade students, and with 2 successfully-passed national teaching exams behind me), my journey has abruptly been threatened with coming to an end. In order to finalize my teaching certification for the State of Tennessee, I am required to retrieve another degree-conferring, official transcript from my alma mater. However, due to a nearly $3,000 outstanding tuition and fee balance, my university - where I graduated with a 3.71 GPA with a B.A. in History while balancing a full-time career, occasional hours at a part-time delivery job, and assisting family members - refuses to release my hard-earned degree or transcript necessary to secure employment. After exploring every imagineable option, searching for viable alternatives, and even numerous acts of university faculty, staff and Teach For America advocacy, it has unequivocally been communicated that without paying the full outstanding balance, I am prohibited from accessing my official transcript or degree. I have 2 weeks to secure the full amount, or I will be denied a state-certified teaching position and unable to continue engaging in this essential, life-changing work with Teach For America.
With every ounce of my being, sincerity, a frightening vulnerability, and a genuinely humble heart, I am asking that you will help me overcome this prohibitive technicality in order to do what I feel is aligned with my life's purpose. If you are able to assist, I will be eternally grateful and promise your support will be sown in good ground and will manifest itself in this community work I'm so committed to doing. I will not let you down.
With Deep Thanks,
Reginald M. ("Reggie") White
2017 Teach For America Corps Member