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Teach for America Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
374 Reviews
3.7
374 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are with a supportive corps, excellent professional development (in 43 reviews)

  • It's nice to know that you're making a difference in people's lives (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 36 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Most difficult yet rewarding two years of my life.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have an admirable mission, provide the academic and professional development support that your schools lack, and you meet a lot of likeminded and accomplished people.

    Cons

    You are implicitly expected to make up for every institutional failure in your students' lives and no matter how much you do it's never enough. You're overworked and if you TRY to do everything you end up not taking care of yourself and your physical and mental health wanes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Volunteer in after-school program and co-teach in high school.

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    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Have strong support team and professional mentor all the time.
    Learn communication skills and gain teaching experience.
    Redefine teaching.

    Cons

    Might need to relocate and work with unexpected aged groups.
    Peer pressure from co-workers and school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accommodating when (re)arranging position and place/school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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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  5.  

    Know what you are getting yourself into... Make sure it is a good fit.

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities for alumni. Established a network of very capable and ambitious people.

    Cons

    Not consistent support. I had a very positive experience, but that is not necessarily the norm.

  6.  

    Not what you'd expect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and extra benefits on top of regular teacher pay

    Cons

    organization is more committed to growth of TFA (in size and power) rather than its effectiveness or impact and original mission statement

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

    Ughhhhh

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    Former Employee - Corps Member  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Teach for America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    you will meet some of your best friends here, and you get paid....

    Cons

    awful, awful, AWFUL. a gist: chairs thrown and fist fights in class

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train your employees maybe????

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Little choice over teaching subject, so proceed with caution

    Former Employee - Corps Member  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Teach for America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very noble and important mission. Meaningful work. Decent starting pay. Overall positive leadership, although it's somewhat inconsistent due to how many different leaders there are (local school leaders, local TFA staff, institute staff, corporate TFA staff).

    Cons

    While I am very passionate about the mission of Teach For America, I was disappointed in my experience as a Corps Member because I was assigned to teach subjects outside of my expertise/knowledge area. My advice is to strongly consider what you would do if assigned to teach your least favorite/least known subjects. I simply did not feel comfortable or qualified teaching my assigned subject without a degree or a significant interest in that area. I felt it was a disservice to the students to give them a teacher who, frankly, who was barely ahead of them in terms of learning the material -- especially when they truly needed competent teachers the most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more open dialogue about which subject areas prospective corps members will be teaching while still in the recruiting process.

  9.  

    Teach For America

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    An organization with a great mission. Lots of intensive training to help employees feel prepared for teaching.

    Cons

    Extremely unorganized with lots of communication issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance for employees could be worked on. Other areas include practicing better communication, as well as more financial support for employees for required teacher certification.

  10.  

    Former corps member, Chicago region

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    --Meet great, smart, highly motivated people in your peer group
    --Great leadership training and trial under fire
    --Meaningful job and organization values where you believe you are making a difference

    Cons

    --Very poor work/life balance in your first year as corps member due to excessive professional development, teacher certification classes, and curriculum development while enduring your first year as a teacher
    --Cult-like culture that discourages independent thinking
    --Organization does not value the corps member's time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Limit ineffective and wasteful "professional development" sessions and eliminate Saturday sessions altogether in first year
    --While a necessary evil, teacher certification classes in first year need to either become more useful or limited immensely if possible
    --Encourage independent approaches among corps members

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experience as Teach For America Corps Member

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    TFA does an excellent job preparing new teachers during Institute IF (and this is a big if) the individual takes advantage of the experience. TFA also provides excellent support and professional development opportunities throughout the year, though each region may have differences. If you want an experience where you learn and grow while helping students learn, this is a great choice.

    Cons

    You have to want to work and figure out a way to learn from all your mistakes without taking anything personally. Teaching is not easy - it takes someone who does not step away from a challenge. Additionally, TFA can be a bit too corporate at times, focusing more on data and results and not the journey for both the corps member and the students.

    Recommends

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