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Teach for America, while a challenge, offers a lot of support.

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Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC (US)
Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC (US)

I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Feeling like you're making a difference. Prestige when looking for other jobs after commitment ends. A lot of support from TFA regional and national staff. Tons of resources available to all TFA corps members.

Cons

Definitely a challenge. Huge time commitment. Stressful. Lack of choice about living location/subject you teach/school you teach at.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more realistic about how difficult it can be when you join TFA. Make Institute longer or ensure that teachers get more experience before they're in their own classroom.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    Never boring!

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    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work is extremely rewarding, never boring, and provides great stories for friends and family. Also very livable pay.

    Cons

    Long hours, a lot of up's and downs, and dealing with incompetent or uncaring coworkers. For the most part, the demands of the work and the people you are with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide good training once you have TFA members at your school.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great alternative pathway into teaching K-12

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - High School Teacher (Science) in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - High School Teacher (Science) in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Strong community building within the corps, gives a great support group; very helpful later on for career networking, either within or outside of a teaching career

    * Streamlines the paperwork and training process for getting an emergency credential and for working your way toward a more permanent credential

    * Instills a positive, data-driven, no-excuses approach to teaching that you will likely carry on throughout your career (in education or elsewhere)

    Cons

    * Work/life balance difficult to manage, particularly during training and the first few months (or year) of teaching. This is not necessarily caused by TFA but more due to the stresses of teaching, although their initial training in the summer is incredibly intensive.

    * TFA-led training on classroom management and working with English Learners (ELs) was not very helpful; most of what I learned that worked came from the district-led trainings and on-the-job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen your trainings/workshops on curriculum-building (especially for ELs and classes built for specific levels of English proficiency) and classroom management techniques

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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