Inexperienced Leaders Over Their Heads Pursuing A Good Goal
Teacher (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 12, 2019
TFA has excellent recruiters, interviewers, and I thought trainers until I was placed and quickly saw that the hours of trading had zero to do with the real world I had stepped into. Unfortunately, caveat emptor — they paint a picture that is detached from reality. So, right out of the gate you have a large percentage of new hires (some taking out TFA sponsored loans to relocate) whom quickly realize the disconnect between what they were told and reality. The schools that you are placed at our troubled, and I haven’t heard of one in my large area that even recognized TFA as anything other than a political outfit that thinks “they are going to bring their young folk in here and show us how to do our job.” In some cases, they have a point - TFA is just in over its head pursuing its objectives. It needs to a thorough change in leadership that pursues input from their employees and ongoing considers tweaks to their model.
Generally, all on our team in our general area were good, hard working, well intention folk
Out of pocket costs to certify (can be near $20k), TFA leaders seemed to have no prior leadership experience, and coordinate the biggest bundled attempt at good that I’ve ever witnessed