Teach for America
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Teach for America Reviews in Philadelphia, PA

Updated Mar 16, 2014
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3.7 7 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Summer Internship: Valuable Experience

    Operations Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsTeach For America's summer intern program was a great way to gain insight as to whether or not this is the right avenue to serve if you are passionate about bettering the world, and especially if you are committed to ensuring every child has access to a great education. The internship is unique in that it allows college students to truly commit themselves by providing onsite housing & a good financial stipend.

    ConsThe summer session assignment limited ones insight into other departments and the larger scope of the nonprofit however the staff was very receptive to my inquisitiveness and allowed me to sit in on classroom sessions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think interns would benefit from more interaction with the incoming TFA Hires. Pairing interns with a mentor outside of their department manager would be a great idea to allow for creative and professional growth. Additionally, a follow-up program once an intern completes the experience would be valuable to the organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience for people looking to make a difference after college

    Teacher (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    Pros-Excellent summer institute training
    -Continued support throughout the two years

    Cons-Mandatory Saturday meetings once monthly, (that don't really help you professionally)
    -If your placement school is disorganized and supportive you are stuck!

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you are selecting people who actually want to make a difference, and not people looking for a resume booster.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Skip and do the real teacher training

    Teacher (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsI met some amazing people, amazing students and had the chance to get my feet wet in the field of education.

    ConsNo one listens to you. I was placed in a subject field I was not qualified to teach in. No one cared and no one listened but told me to stop wallowing in self pity. How can I "close the achievement gap" if i am unfamiliar with the content I am teaching students who need the help the most? They also are a little cult like, eyebrows raise when you do not agree with them or question their practices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your corps members.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great organization with great opportunities

    Teacher (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    Pros• Great personal growing experience
    • Ability to develop a variety of skills beyond teaching

    Cons• Too data driven at times
    • A lot of your experience depends on the school you are placed in and how well you mesh with your co-workers there

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I felt less like a corps member most days and more like a teacher at my school

    Corps Member - Charter School (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsThey were pretty hands off which was great for me since I already had a ton of people in and out of my room all of the time. I didnt need them as much, as I studied education in school and had previous teaching experience.

    ConsThey were hands off - could be problematic for those who have never experienced teaching
    The "all corps saturdays" were long and sometimes felt like a waste of time, especially for a teacher who needed to grade and make lesson plans.. good thing they were only once a month!

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecruit more people of color (especially black males)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I had an awful experience teaching summer school during Institute

    Corps Member (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsTFA has great benefits
    They gave us generous funding and accommodations

    ConsTeach For America expects college graduates with no prior teaching experience to create their own worksheets and lesson plans. I was thrown into a classroom without any books a week after arriving at the summer institute. The material I managed to create was not nearly as good as peer-reviewed curriculum that I had been given as a child. Furthermore, my class had non-English speakers, special needs students, and bright students who acted out behaviorally all combined in one class. I realize TFA is trying to work within the system to create change, but I almost had a mental break down from the stress and excessive workload that summer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hardest job straight out of college

    Teacher (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsInteracting with kids everyday is certainly not boring
    Teach for America provides wonderful support for first-year teachers in tough schools
    TFA has a fabulous network of graduate schools and employers
    You learn so much about the American education system.

    ConsSalary is low, but what else do you expect for public school, inner-city teaching
    Inner-city schools are tough, not so much because of the kids, but because of the lack of support from the school district administrators

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job. Open up TFA in more regions!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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