Our service members receive extensive training to unlock their potential as more effective educators. After a year of service, they are well-prepared to pursue careers in K-12 teaching and nonprofit education. The majority of our alumni continue to work in this field after service.

We continue to support these academically minded alums in their development as educators through additional career coaching opportunities.



Andrea BlantonAndrea Blanton

Garden Coordinator, Clayton County School District

GA ’15

Andrea Blanton is a food enthusiast and garden educator in the metro Atlanta area. After serving with FoodCorps, she continued nurturing her love of good food via managing farmer’s markets and supporting local garden initiatives. She is now the first Garden Coordinator for the Clayton County School District. With compassion and valuable skills, she hopes to be a conduit of health, food, and service in her work.

Carly ChaapelCarly Chaapel

Teacher of Agriculture, Salem County Career and Technical High School

NJ ‘14

Carly served at Salem County Career and Technical High School in NJ, which hired her after her service and where she is still employed today. She teaches grades 9-12, focusing on hands-on outdoor learning opportunities, environmental science, animal science, food science, and “environmental occupations,” which is an elective that she created and claims is “basically FoodCorps in a class.” This position was created for Carly when her service term was ending, and it continues to inspire and challenge her every day.

I didn’t know that teaching high school could mean gardening, cooking, or changing eating habits for the better – my year with FoodCorps completely redefined the high school experience and I wanted to be a part of that positive influence for teenagers. – Carly Chaapel