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A 2012 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Cyrus Shepherd-Oppenheim currently serves as a Los Angeles high school teacher with Teach For America. The service organization has highly competitive entrance requirements and is more difficult to enter than the Peace Corps. Cyrus Shepherd-Oppenheim’s current position builds on extensive academic tutoring experience and a past position as math and English teacher’s assistant with the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Disabilities Resource Department. In the latter capacity, he assisted students with severe cognitive disabilities in both one-on-one and classroom instructional situations. Attending SRJC from 2007 to 2009, Mr. Shepherd-Oppenheim earned his Associate Degree in History with highest honors and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. He additionally served as Senator in the school’s student government for three semesters. Cyrus Shepherd-Oppenheim’s elected position entailed representing the student body in inter-community college initiatives as well as organizing a variety of campus events. Cyrus Shepherd-Oppenheim subsequently earned his B.A. in History with honors at UPenn in Philadelphia. Proficient in American Sign Language (ASL), he notably held responsibilities as Officer with the UPenn In Hand deaf and sign-language awareness club. Mr. Shepherd-Oppenheim helped facilitate events for deaf students and was active in lobbying efforts for a UPenn ASL minor. In 2010, he held distinction as the only student member of the UPenn Museum Board. In addition to relaying student concerns to the museum’s governing body, he helped organize a number of exhibits related to UPenn history. In his free time, Cyrus Shepherd-Oppenheim enjoys baseball card collecting. He currently maintains a collection encompassing 50,000 cards spanning much of the history of Major League Baseball and the Negro League.

Work experience

Jan 2012Present


Teachers For America


Jan 2009Jan 2012

Bachelor of Arts

University of Pennsylvania

Dean’s List (fall, spring 2009)

• Expected to graduate with honors this spring

Jan 2007Jan 2009

Associates Degree

Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Graduated with highest honors

• Dean’s List (all four semesters)

• Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for junior college graduates