Good place to start for those who have degrees but no experience.
Corps Member (Former Employee) – New York, NY – October 18, 2017
The people at TFA are very supportive and friendly. Although there are a lot of task to complete in a small amount of time, it is a good place for a recent/out of work college graduate to get on track with working in a professional setting.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – September 28, 2017
Teach For America as an organization is great. There are things they have to work on, but they are striving to improve every year. The issue that most people have when leaving TFA has more to do with work separate from TFA (i.e dealing with administration at their respective school).
Americorps grant funds
Not nearly enough training to prepare 90% of people for the classroom.
Vice President (Current Employee) – National – September 26, 2017
Teach For America is a diverse and fast-paced organization that pays specific attention to enabling their employees to be themselves and feel valued for all they have to offer. The work is mission driven which contributes to a team environment, clear purpose, and feeling like the work is more than just a job. The org is greatly invested in supporting the growth and leadership of staff and give regular opportunities for professional development and focus on career trajectory. I've been with the org 7 years and see myself staying on and potentially experiencing new areas of work to build my competencies and skills. The org has a history of being open to movement between areas of focus i.e. regional leadership to human assets to govt affairs based on where you're building experience.
SOA Architect/Managing Director (Current Employee) – New York, NY – September 15, 2017
I was attracted to the mission of TFA. For many years the organization provided a great service to the country. When leadership changed the focus on the mission waned and the organization began to flounder. I loved the people I worked with.
Great mission, good people
Management disarray. Lack of focus and direction from the top.
Operations Coordinator (Former Employee) – Lowell, MA – September 13, 2017
Being a Corps Member was awesome. Teach For America has its negative opinions, but when you go into the organization for the right reasons and aren't afraid to challenge what you think should change, great things come from it. The networking is amazing, and it's because of Teach For America that I decided to stay in the classroom unlike my original plan to use it as a stepping stone to get into law school like many people do.
Corps Member (Current Employee) – Jacksonville, FL – September 13, 2017
before you decide on what region you would like to teach for please review it carefully. Not every region will be a good fit for each person. I would look into things such as the certification cost, cost of living, reviews on that particular region and the school district, and what you will have to do to become certified in that state. DO NOT TAKE YOUR REGION PREFERENCE LIGHTLY!
Greater Philadelphia Corps Member (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – August 20, 2017
Teach for America is amazing, and allows you to make a difference in the lives of students across the country. It is an amazing way to make a lasting difference.
However, the program is extremely intense, and everyone considering the program needs to expect to be spending at least 100-110 hours a week working on various things, especially if you select a region with mandatory graduate school.
8th Grade Math Teacher (Current Employee) – Dallas, TX – August 13, 2017
TFA afforded me opportunities to lead, create, and put my visions into action. As a teacher you partake in monthly trainings to improve your effectiveness in the classroom, a manager that monitors your progress for quick feedback, and resources that are helpful on a daily basis.
Productive, learning, and competitive environment.
Corps Member and Teacher, Grades (Former Employee) – New York, NY – August 8, 2017
Teach for America is a great kickstart to beginning a teaching career in a low income neighborhood. The organization is very competitive, yet, when one becomes a member, they become a lifelong family member. Teach for America serves to provide close support for members, but members should be prepared to seek independent knowledge and skills before becoming part of this environment. I recommend Teach for America to those passionate about teaching the youth and transforming lives within their communities, especially low-income communities.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – August 7, 2017
Learned how to manage work-life balance. Underwent high highs and low lows with my relationships with students and other staff members. I learned how to relate to people who I share very little with. Most importantly, I learned how to operate under my locus of control, meaning I found out what I was realistically able to do to effectively progress my students' lives, and what was unrealistic. Finding my locus of control lead to a happier and healthier life for me and the children whom I was responsible for.
Unique opportunity, Livable wage, Lasting relationships, Never boring
Operations Coordinator (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – July 24, 2017
Fun environment and I absolutely love the people that I worked with, but I didn't see a clear path for advancement given my career aspirations. Learned a great deal about our current education system and how I can be an advocate for kids in my future career field.
Great organization of educators changing the world.
High School Science Teacher (Former Employee) – York, AL – July 19, 2017
All teach for america staff and teachers are extremely motivated and productive people. They are absolutely driven and do whatever it takes to make something happen, especially when it comes to their students.
Great network and professional development
Training to be a teacher in one month is difficult, work still needs to improve onboarding.
Teacher/Teach For America Corps Member (Former Employee) – Caldwell, ID – July 14, 2017
The staff at Teach for America-Idaho worked tirelessly to support the teachers in the treasure valley region. They were willing to do anything necessary to make the lives of their corps members better.