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Teach for America Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
414 Reviews
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Pros
  • opportunities for professional development and taking on big jobs early in one's career (in 50 reviews)

  • Passionate, intelligent colleagues, great benefits and option to work from home (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 42 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 30 reviews)

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    Teach for America

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great to give back to the community. Great to be a part of a national movement for change. TFA really helps prepare you for the classroom. The teamwork and focus on a single goal (e.g. improving schools) helps ease the learning curve in terms of becoming a teacher.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of handwork and limited resources. Creativity is key.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Great job.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    was goood

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good people to work around

    Cons

    difficult and challenging all the time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Corps Member

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a great supportive community that was a great place to start a career. I loved every second of being a corps member

    Cons

    I had a negative relationship with my Program Director, but it was because we were both stubborn about our beliefs. It was more a personality conflict then anything

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Tough but Worth Your Effort if You Can Stomach the Challenge

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I'm very glad that I completed my corps commitment now that it is over. There were so many times that I wanted to quit my first year, but I survived. My perception is that the support has gotten better since I left the corps.

    Cons

    I really was not a good teacher my first year, I feel guilty about that, but I really did put in absolutely as much effort as was physically possible. I was a good teacher my second year and I stayed in my placement school a third year trying to make up for the damage I caused during that awful first year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I actually really like the new changes that have been implemented over the past year, I think they are setting a promising direction for the corps experience.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Rewarding but unprepared

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    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Teach for America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Intrinsic motivations, big budget, lots of autonomy, strong workplace culture and identity

    Cons

    Lack of direction, high stress environment, long work hours, not appreciated for your efforts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Beneficial to my future career endeavors

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top of the line support, innovative, and ambitious.

    Cons

    Can be a bit cumbersome

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity Awareness can be seen a bit offensive to those that are diverse

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Incredible fast paced mission driven place to work

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    Former Employee - Manager, Teacher Leadership Development in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager, Teacher Leadership Development in Houston, TX

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    + Talented and passionate people.
    + Everyone is on the same page regarding the mission. Completely selfless leadership.
    + Although everyone works incredibly hard, the work life balance is pretty strong. There are weekends and evenings from time to time but they are manageable.

    Cons

    - TFA is fast paced and high stakes. It can be emotionally exhausting fighting an uphill battle, which the organization is doing by trying to eliminate educational inequity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Institute -- Many Highs and Lows

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    Former Employee - Summer Operations in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Operations in Houston, TX

    I worked at Teach for America part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Intensive professional development for aspiring school leaders.
    Quality of colleagues and systems for exchanging best practices.

    Cons

    Tendency to scapegoat organizational shortcomings on individual staff members.
    Poor compensation for time and effort -- overtime pay was misleading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many established circles with an already cliquish organization.
    Less emphasis on making everything seem "rigorous" and "elite" when it's only surface-level and leads to inefficient outcomes for all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    TFA is awesome depending on what you would like to do with the rest of your life.

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    Former Employee - Corp Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Corp Member in Houston, TX

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you want to be a teacher, you will be trained and pushed to a level that a 4 year degree in education doesn't deliver nowadays. You'll also be surrounded by a lot of young and motivated people who are interested in making a chance.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of exclusion depending on what corp you are in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on being inclusive of all members. Even the ones that don't shop at J. Crew.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Life Changing

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    Current Employee - Corps Member - Charter School in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Corps Member - Charter School in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Life Changing: You will really have the opportunity to be invited into a community and the lives of the people who live there and make a great impact.
    Salary/Benefits: The compensation is no more or less than what other teachers in the region make. Corps members are, however, given additional funds for education or loan repayment.
    Professional Development: I've grown leaps and bounds in professionalism which is awesome for someone who's not very far removed from college.
    Placement: It's an opportunity to move to somewhere else that you may never have otherwise and broaden your horizons.

    Cons

    It can be very difficult in the beginning to adjust to being a teacher with no prior experience but there's always someone visiting your classroom to support your growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing a great job of taking the corps members' feedback and using it to improve the corps experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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