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Teach for America Houston Reviews

Updated March 7, 2017
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  1. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Third Grade Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Bilingual Third Grade Teacher in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people - dedicated, hard-working, extremely fun group of people.
    Chance to make a true impact from day 1

    Cons

    TFA, at times, is not that supportive of Corps Members having trouble at their schools
    Some of the PD training was excessive

    Advice to Management

    Don't lower expectations for Corps Members
    Only require some PD sessions


  2. "A Good Well-Rounded Internship"

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    Former Intern - Operations Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Operations Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    at this level, pretty much all of the work that you do is very beneficial at a grassroots level of improving the experience for corps members who therefore can better teach children, free food and dining balanced out low pay, teaches you how to manage relationships, there will be a few other operations coordinators who you will become good friends with, TFA has a lot of prestige associated with its brand and this internship can open up doors for you

    Cons

    long hours at minimum wage, a lot of people with egos and politics, managers are very hit or miss as are the nature of the departments themselves in terms of skills you can learn,

    Advice to Management

    Once I heard a manager say "I put in my time I deserve to be bossy". Stop looking at your interns computer screens while they are working, especially since you did not provide us work laptops. Include more excel training.

  3. "Managing Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work with people who are invested in closing the opportunity gap.

    Cons

    None to think of to date.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    You can make a few (I emphasize a few) great friendships. You get an Americorp award if you haven't received it already.

    Cons

    They focus on Black and White tensions but ignore the histories of Hispanics, Natives and Asians. Many of the institute employees have a White Knight mentality in which they believe their way is the best way and look down on veteran teachers who have not been involved with TFA. There is no responsibility taken for the lack of progress the organization has shown throughout the last 25 years. At times it feels like a cult. Their political branch has a man who is homophobic running it. I would never recommend anyone work for this organization. It was honestly the worst decision I made.

    Advice to Management

    Practice your values, particularly humility.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Meaningful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The organization is young and innovative still, but there are also a lot of resources. TFA also values diversity in a very authentic way and they speak about it in all streams of work.

    Cons

    Most people come from the Teach For America network. There is a value place on having been a teacher in the program.
    In 2015 and 2016, the organization has downsized staff twice.


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    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Direct classroom experience. Work with like-minded individuals who are determined and hard working and who ultimately want to make "transformational change" in education.

    Cons

    Long hours.
    Lack of support (in most cases)
    Weekend/Weekday professional development obligations
    Lack of autonomy (in terms of school placement or reassignment)


  7. "Teach for America"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep it up. Great job.

  8. "was goood"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good people to work around

    Cons

    difficult and challenging all the time


  9. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than a 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


  10. "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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


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