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Namedroppers: Jeff Brown

• Teach For America announced that Jeff Brown, a Wadena native, has been accepted to the organization's 2011 corps. Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity.

Jeff Brown is a 2007 graduate of Wadena-Deer Creek High School and 2011 graduate of University of Minnesota. Brown will teach in South Dakota.

This year, Teach For America's talent pool was the most competitive ever: Nearly 48,000 individuals applied, and 11 percent were accepted.