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Teach for America Overview

New York, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
1990
Nonprofit Organization
Education
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
MAKE AN IMPACT. GAIN A PROFESSIONAL NETWORK. FUEL YOUR CAREER.

Step into the classroom. Be on the front lines of change.

With Teach For America, the change you’ll make for others is immediate. Every day, you’ll lead ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

Company Updates

  • The final deadline to join Teach For America's 2017 corps is this Friday, March 3. Start your future. Apply now.

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    Join an extraordinary, diverse network of 53,000 leaders shaping the future of our country.

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Teach for America – Why Work For Us?


All children in this country deserve an education that prepares them to reach their full potential.

By joining Teach For America, you join remarkable people from all backgrounds and professions who rise to the challenge to do what is right for kids.

You'll teach for at least two years in a low-income community, where you'll show students what's possible when they work hard and dream big.

And as your students thrive, you'll grow in ways you never imagined.

Why teach?

All kids deserve an education that will help them achieve their dreams. But too often, children's ZIP code or skin color determines the quality of education they can access. Today, just 6 percent of kids from America’s lowest-income communities graduate from college, compared with 61 percent of their wealthiest peers. This injustice disproportionately affects children of color. Change is possible. And it starts with one of the most influential forces in a child’s life—great teachers.

Great teachers do more than just help their students master academic content—they help them discover confidence in their abilities and a love of learning that will be with them for life.

To date, more than 50,000 people have become teachers through Teach For America. Their tireless, passionate work in the classroom is at the core of our mission. And after their initial two-year teaching commitment, 84 percent continue to work in education or with low-income communities.

Are you ready to join them?

Today’s students are the innovators and pioneers of the future. Join us as we work to give all kids a high-quality STEM education that will open doors and expand their dreams.

Why STEM matters:

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STEM fields are at the core of our country’s innovation. All students—especially students from low-income backgrounds and students of color—should be fully included in the equation.

Teach For America and the Amgen Foundation launched the STEM Initiative in 2006, announcing our commitment to empowering all students with a great STEM education. Today, Teach For America is one of the largest—and most diverse—providers of STEM teachers in the country. Approximately 3,500 of our corps members teach an elementary or secondary STEM subject.

Looking for impactful work?

Thousands of people have switched careers to become teachers in high-need communities. Teach For America can help make it happen for you.

It's your turn to join the movement toward educational equity.

The experience and skills you’ve gained can be tremendous assets in the classroom. And once you’ve seen the impact you can have, there’s a good chance you’ll  want to do more—in front of the classroom, in school leadership, in educational policy or another sector that helps expand opportunities for America’s children.

More than 1,200 people joined us in 2015 well after earning their college degrees. They made up nearly one third of the incoming corps.

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Where we work

West:

  • Bay Area
  • California Capitol Valley
  • Colorado
  • Hawai’i
  • Idaho
  • Las Vegas Valley
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Washington

Southwest:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Phoenix
  • Rio Grande Valley
  • San Antonio

Midwest:

  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Milwaukee
  • Northeast Ohio – Cleveleand
  • South Dakota
  • Southwest Ohio
  • St. Louis
  • Twin Cities

Southeast:

  • Alabama
  • Appalachia
  • Arkansas
  • Charlotte
  • Eastern North Carolina
  • Greater Nashville
  • Greater New Orleans - Louisiana Delta
  • Jacksonville
  • Memphis
  • Metro Atlanta
  • Miami-Dade
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina Piedmont Triad
  • Orlando
  • South Carolina
  • South Louisiana

East:

  • Baltimore
  • Buffalo
  • D.C. Region
  • Delaware
  • Greater Philadelphia
  • New Jersey
  • New York

New England:

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island

Teach for America Reviews

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    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits (medical, dental, vision, retirement matching, vacation days)
    Colleagues are amazing and committed to the mission
    This is more than a job, it really is an opportunity to work with people who are committed to education equity

    Cons

    Strong hierarchy that can feel top down at times

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Teach for America Photos

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Teach for America Interviews

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    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    There was a team interaction part of interview (assess which two policies were better for the team and why), mock teaching and individual interview. The individual interview was pretty standard (biggest challenge and how you overcame it, what do you do when things don't meet your expectations, etc etc).

    Interview Questions

    • What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

      Tell me about how you deal with disappointment.  
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Teach for America Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2014
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2013
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2012
  • Best Place to Launch a Career, BusinessWeek, 2009
  • Top Entry Level Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
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