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Teach for America Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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  1. "DAMAGING TO STUDENTS"

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    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will meet fellow corps members who are passionate about making the world a better place.

    Cons

    There are so many negatives, I do not know where to begin. The TFA office staff will make you feel incompetent. Any situation you encounter will truly be your fault. Staff members in the DC office will talk down to you, because teaching in the classroom for 3 years made them an expert. Your aunt who has worked in education for over 20 years or your parent who works in education does not know anything. No, these 3 year teachers know all. As inexperienced teachers themselves, they will provide unhelpful feedback for handling situations in your classroom. They will shame you for feeling vulnerable and attack you when you are at your lowest. At the end of the day, you will not be supported when you need it the most. Worst of all, they will place you in schools where you are often taking positions from veteran teachers. On top of that, these schools are unsafe environments for teachers and students alike. If you are threatened by a student of physically harmed, TFA staff members will quickly ask you about what YOU did to earn the abuse.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking down to corps members. Corps members exit because you do not practice what you preach.


  2. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    TFA has a beautiful mission statement that persuades wonderful people to join this terrible organization. It is an easy way to get a job you are not qualified for, and earn the credentials to trick people into thinking that you are.

    Cons

    Poor and unqualified leadership
    The organization has young people in so called leadership positions who know nothing about teaching. These MTLD's are often 24 and have never had a real job in their lives. They were terrible teachers for 2 years and now are rude and knowledgeable people working to make 22 year olds feel awful. I have never worked with such rude people in my life. They constantly try to manipulate and bully unsuspecting 22 year olds, and cause severe psychological damage. Several corps members from my year quit to seek psychological treatment because of TFA.

    he PD's were completely unhelpful, and a waste of time. The only purpose of the PD's was for TFA to show donors they pretend to help corps members.

    TFA is widening the achievement gap.
    There are absolutely terrible charter schools that are only able to keep their doors open because of a new batch of TFA teachers every year. These are schools were sexual abuse is common and physical assault in normalized towards students and staff. TFA contributes to high turnover rates, and low test scores. TFA teachers are unqualified and rob children of a chance at a decent education.

    TFA places teachers into terrifying situations where their lives are at risk. When corps members reach out to TFA with serious concerns they are ignored, and told to not be selfish and think about the children. Some corps members receive good placements, and those are the ones that left the good reviews on this site. Others receive horrific placements, and are destroyed emotionally, physically, psychologically, and ethically. TFA continues to place corps members at schools even after every corps member quits from the year before, and actively brings to the organization's attention that it is an unsafe work environment. TFA is more concerned about relationships with schools than corps members well being.

    TFA is sadly part of the problem and not the solution. Get a Masters in Teaching and then become a teacher. Do NOT join TFA. TFA ruins the lives of corps members and children.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all MTLD's and only recruit experienced teachers. Use the money from firing the unnecessary staff members to incentivize good and experienced teachers into taking positions at poorly performing schools.

  3. "former TFA teacher turned disappointed employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    shared passion for educational equity
    dedicated and hardworking colleages

    Cons

    few opportunities for promotion within regional teams
    untrained and inexperienced managers
    very high turnover leads to reinventing wheel
    non profit salary


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Teaching As Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Early Childhood Education Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Early Childhood Education Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent resume builder, their summer institute is essentially a "teacher bootcamp," meet talented people from diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    TFA is part of the educational equality problem they seek to address, "drink the Kool-Aid" mentality when it comes to buying in and participating to the corporate culture of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop dropping people into schools just to have them leave in two years as they _start_ to become good teachers. It is not fair to these communities or children.


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    "Ugly Experience"

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    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get something on your resume

    Cons

    Useless staff. Fake mission. Horrible job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending you care about the kids. Be open and honest with the problems. Don't sugar-coat. It makes a bad experience worse.


  6. "Do careful research before joining TFA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Great mission--an organization which is dedicated to leveling the educational playing field.

    Cons

    Unprofessional behavior, on the part of some employees, does not seem to be addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to the culture you apparently want to cultivate--there are some employees whose behavior undermines TFA's work and reputation--and make people accountable for their behavior and practices.


  7. "Delta Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Delta, Panola, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Delta, Panola, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are none. No support what so ever. You have these individuals within teaching backgrounds running the show

    Cons

    Very unprofessional- poor training and support given to teaching corps member

    Advice to Management

    Recruit locally and improve training- support corps with more than just two visits per year.

  8. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Ideology is great.

    Cons

    Too many inexperienced leaders in influential posts.


  9. "Campus Campaign Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America part-time

    Pros

    -the pay was 15/hr which is a pro
    -flexible hours

    Cons

    -their marketing strategies were appalling; they targeted specific students and spent so much money on useless marketing that did not attract college students
    -no one would really listen or care about your feedback

    Advice to Management

    college students know how to market to other college students! Listen to their suggestions and stop wasting money that could support schools.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Teach For America - CM Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    - Lots of professional development

    Cons

    - 5 week institute that unrealistically promotes the idea that improperly trained teachers can educate/support students
    - While teaching, support completely drops off and is non-existent
    - Extremely high turnover rate, despite the 2-year commitment

    Advice to Management

    - If sending untrained teachers into our nation's toughest classrooms, be sure to provide adequate support.


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