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Great Place to be
Corp Member (Former Employee) –  Baton Rouge, LA12 April 2017
Teach for America is a truly culturally responsive work environment. Staff puts the need of corps member and student first. Culture among staff members is strong.
Pros
Work life balance
Cons
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does not provide adequate training or support
Elementary Teacher (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL9 April 2017
Poorly ran. Completely sets its corps members up for failure. No support provided. Impossible work/life balance. Over demanding. Training is not enough. There is a lack of connection between the expectations you are given and the reality of the job you are supposed to complete.
Cons
work/life balance, support, management
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Highly rewarding
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Jackson, MS7 April 2017
Highly rewarding. Every day from 7:15am-3:30p.m. but most teachers usually stay later. Behavior management of the students is extremely difficult but is a skill that can be learned.
Pros
Healthcare
Cons
Long hours
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Intensive, enriching and rewarding work environment.
Shelby Middle School, Department Head (Current Employee) –  Shelby, MS2 April 2017
This job was intense and extremely rewarding. One had to build extreme organizational skills, be flexible and have a positive nature. The teachers were given support through a coach and many opportunities to grow professionally.
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Great!
Corps Member (Current Employee) –  Dallas, TX30 March 2017
Great experience! Required ACC Saturdays 4 times a year. You get Professional Development and a coach to help you through your teaching career. Overall a good experience.
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High School Science Teacher
Physical Science Teacher (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GA3 March 2017
Teach for America doesn't prepare you adequately for this undertaking. They are not entirely transparent about certification requirements once you accept the commitment either.

It was overall a good experience because of how much you learn and open your eyes to a world you may have never known otherwise.

In one way or another, I will always be committed to serving underprivileged kids.
Pros
Helping kids, building relationships
Cons
no work life balance, serious commitment, poor management
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Great experience
Teacher (Former Employee) –  South Dakota28 February 2017
TFA is a great organization that places teachers in high need areas. TFA was the greatest decision of my life, I made so many amazing memories and grew so much as a person.
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An organization dedicated to serve
TEACHER (Current Employee) –  Memphis, TN23 February 2017
This organization is true to their mission and lives it out on a daily. I'm in my second year teaching andI have absolutely fell in love with the students and the city of Memphis
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Best place to work
HR Generalist (Former Employee) –  New Jersey22 February 2017
TFA is one of the best places to work. Gives the perfect work life balance, excellent platform for career advancement, very transparent organization with amazing benefits and a great team to work with.
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Great cause, demanding job
Corps Member (Former Employee) –  Rio Grande Valley, TX21 February 2017
It's a great cause. If you care about education it'll be worth it. Otherwise, it's going to seem under-rewarded. It takes a lot of self-discipline, but I learned a lot about teaching, the education system, and patience.
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Regional variants
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Kailua-Kona, HI26 January 2017
Your experience is determined by the region you get. Some are amazing and some are not... mine, not so much. Just ask a lot of questions and make sure you have informed opinions on the organization and your regional placement.
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none
Elementary Mathematics and Science Teacher (Current Employee) –  Orlando, FL25 January 2017
No review to give. At this time, I request not to give an opinion on my working relationship with Teach for America. Thank you.
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great experience
Corps Member (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GA18 January 2017
If you are looking for a first time teaching experience the TFA is a great way to get exposure to the world of Education. Being a member of TFA is very intense though so you need tough skin and be prepared to work hard.
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Depends on the district
Corps Member (Current Employee) –  Charlotte, NC13 December 2016
CMS is a scary place to work not organized and very political. If you actually care for students you wont last long! Document everything and Cover yourself at all costs! Take mental health days when needed.
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Fabulous experience that changed the trajectory of my career
Corps Member (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MO5 December 2016
-Extremely demanding, yet very rewarding
-Worked a minimum of 10 hours per day
-Learned how to build relationships with students and families and have used those relationships to help students achieve
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Great benefits, good cause, but unstable environment
Director, Reporting (Current Employee) –  Remote26 November 2016
Teach for America is an organization focused on improving educational outcomes for kids across the United States. Many of the positions are remote and you'll have the advantage of a flexible workday and the opportunity to work with talented colleagues across the country. Compensation and benefits are impressive for a non-profit.

High turnover and a series of internal restructurings have made for an unstable environment in the company. It is not uncommon for staff to have a new manager on a yearly basis. With that said, the organization is constantly trying out new ideas and there are ample opportunities to try something new.
Pros
Compensation, benefits, quality colleagues
Cons
High turnover
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Requires full commitment
English Teacher (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CA23 November 2016
This job is not for those who seek a break from school. Quite the contrary, this job demands 10+ hour days your first two years. In addition to work, you are enrolled full time as a graduate student.
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A great new start
Corps Member (Current Employee) –  Detroit, MI10 November 2016
If your looking for something new. This is it, it's a lot of work not really ideal for people with young families. But if you are tired of the career you are in currently they do create a new opportunity to teach in districts that need more help.
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Great network
Corps Member (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZ2 November 2016
Overall, I had a very positive experience with Teach For America. I felt well-supported throughout my corps experience, and my peers were equally motivated and hard-working. The hardest part was the work-life balance.
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Campus Campaign Coordinator while still an undergrad student
Campus Campaign Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Eugene, OR27 September 2016
As an undergraduate student, I was able to gain employment through TFA by being a campus campaign coordinator. This means I was able to market, advertise, and help other with their applications. Amazing opportunity.
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