Kurchi joined Breakthrough Houston in 2018 as the College Bound Program Director. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she earned a B.A. in sociology/anthropology/Latin American Studies from Carleton College, as well as an M.Ed from University of St. Thomas. Kurchi is a former Teach for America corps member, with 7 years of experience working with first generation college bound students in HISD, most recently as the college advisor at Waltrip High School in Garden Oaks.
Why did you choose a career in education?
When applying for Teach for America during college, my intention was to give back and help close the achievement gap. While teaching, I realized that here in Houston, there are still large gaps in post-high matriculation. I found that my passion lies in supporting traditionally underrepresented students through college access work.
What’s your favorite part about working with students?
With a background in school counseling, I love being able to holistically support a student, helping them pursue their passions both in and outside of the classroom.
What do you hope to achieve with Breakthrough?
If every College Bound student was able to receive enough financial support to attend their dream college, I would feel like we are making great progress. When a student realizes that they can afford to attend college, their life trajectory will be different (not to mention the generations that follow)
Why is Breakthrough’s mission important?
Breakthrough serves students continuously and for 6 (now 10) years–that level of support is unparalleled. Students and families that join Breakthrough and stick with it for that long are already showing a level of commitment above and beyond their peers, and when they find success in college and beyond, it truly pays off.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Being able to give quality program to my students. Connecting students with opportunities they may not have had otherwise. Helping them apply for college and financial aid for college. All of the above.
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Thanks so much for supporting our mission of success for every student. We look forward to continued growth and future partnerships.