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Teach for America Reviews

Updated 15 November 2014
Updated 15 November 2014
414 Reviews
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414 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • opportunities for professional development and taking on big jobs early in one's career (in 50 reviews)

  • Passionate, intelligent colleagues, great benefits and option to work from home (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 42 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 30 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awesome Professional Development

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

    I worked at Teach for America as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    TFA provides ample opportunities to explore your leadership and teaching style. There is a huge network of people to help you determine how you fit into the larger picture of educational equality. You have to be willing to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    At first, it can feel a bit competitive and as though you are on your own when in your classroom. At times, it is difficult to know if the organization's focus is on creating strong teachers for students or creating strong leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more time to focus on lesson planning in a way that can provide better work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corps Member

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    The people at Teach For America are great. Great culture and environment to work in.

    Cons

    Prepare to work a ton. Worked longer hours than any other job before or after. Tough gig.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Come dedicated. Wonderful resources.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Great resources for improving teaching skills and developing a deeper knowledge of the work you do.

    Cons

    One of the most stressful environments (classroom) that you could work in so make sure you prepare yourself mentally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more resources towards mental health services. The environments we teach in can be highly stressful and have negative effects in the long run.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    CLICHE ALERT: Hardest thing I've ever done, one of the most rewarding

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    Current Employee - Corps Member
    Current Employee - Corps Member

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

    Pros

    Contrary to quick assumptions, TFA corps members develop invaluable skills on the job that most 21st century workplaces value highly. Analytical skills are a big part of the TFA experience if you are using data properly and effectively in your classroom - and I've seen firsthand that data makes a big difference. If you teach math you also have the opportunity to work on your quantitative skills in the classroom - for example I have experience teaching Algebra 1, 2, Geometry and Calculus - I would probably ace the math part of the GRE or GMAT after this experience. There are so many other skills I could go on and on, time management, stress management (you will be really stressed), qualitative skills such as developing and executing presentations (teachers do it everyday).

    All of this and I haven't even mentioned the fact that you are touching the lives of children every single day you go to work.

    Cons

    There are a lot of cons as well. Prepared to be thrown to the wolves. I figured I had been successful my entire life so I wouldn't fall into that trap - WRONG. I never felt like more of a failure in my life than the first year of teaching. Was in a manic depression, hated my job, thought I was going to quit. I stuck it out and tried a lot of different things to make it better. There is SOME support by TFA, but when you work in the worst school districts in your state, there is only so much they can do. Institute does not prepare you for running your own classroom - it's just the fact of the matter.

    Thankfully, I am having and amazing 2nd year after a lot of introspection over the summer. Completely different ballgame this year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure what I would change. The TFA experience is what it is and TFA is doing its best to prepare corps members for that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great organization to help children.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    If the opportunity to help disadvantaged children improve their education is something that excites you then this is the place to make a difference. There are some exciting opportunities you may want to explore.

    Cons

    It is no secret that being a teacher is a difficult position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall good experience

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    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Oakland, CA (US)
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Oakland, CA (US)

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    I learned a lot in a short amount of time. I was surrounded by people who all had the same mission and goals. The process for becoming a teacher is incredibly streamlined and made to be less confusing than it actually is.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge for me was the lack of support during Institute. We weren't taught how to work together and that made for a competitive and at times toxic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start Institute with a session on how to work with colleagues

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Worth Every Minute

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Rocky Mount, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Rocky Mount, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    The Amazing Support the Company Provide

    Cons

    Transitioning to Teaching From Different Profession

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great experience that gave me a clearer picture of education issues in the US.

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Kansas City, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    You will work with incredibly driven, hard-working people. Feedback is valued and asked for often from TFA as an organization

    Cons

    It is very hard to have work life balance and feel like you're completing all of your responsibilities as a teacher.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corps Member / 6th grade teacher

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    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Hartford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Hartford, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of training while you are teaching. Lots of support.

    Cons

    Not a ton of training prior to teaching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training prior to teaching

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, but worth it

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    TFA has really helped support me in my development as a teacher. I actually did major in education in college, yet I feel as though I learned more with TFA/Institute than over my 4 years at my "highly accredited" university. The fact that they encourage teacher growth/development but finding you stipends for your masters degree is also really incredible

    Cons

    It is VERY tough work and almost nothing can truly, fully prepare you for being a teacher in a very high-needs/high-demands area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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