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Run While you Still Can!
Elementary School Teacher (5th & 6th grades) (Former Employee) –  New York, NY21 May 2017
Horrible! Idealistic co-workers , no support, and extremely challenging. You teach in terrible schools and are expected to perform miracles. My TFA mentor was horrible. I struggled so badly they asked me to leave. I refused. Wish I did.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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Teach for America in OKC
Corps Member (Current Employee) –  Oklahoma City, OK18 May 2017
Great program with an exceptional staff in OKC! Working hard and tirelessly to advance educational equality and close the achievement gap! A wonderful program to be a part of!
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This is more than a job, it really is an opportunity to work with people who are committed to education equity.
Corps Member (Former Employee) –  Detroit, MI12 May 2017
Great professional development and experiences that open doors. Supervisors actually care about work-life balance as well as personal growth. This is more than a job, it really is an opportunity to work with people who are committed to education equity.
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Hard work, but can be rewarding
Head Teacher (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL30 April 2017
Much of your experience will be based on the school that you end up working at and the individuals you end up working for. This is impossible to determine before you take a job as a Corps Member.
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Passionate and hard working corps members, teachers burn out quickly
Corps Member (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL30 April 2017
Corps members often stay past two-year teaching commitment. Corps members are incredibly hard working and supportive of one another throughout their 2 years together. Corps member truly care about students.
Pros
Passionate teachers, strong "family" feeling among corps members
Cons
Little support from Teach For America during 2 years, summer institute is ineffective and does not prepare teachers
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A place to grow
Director, Teacher Leadership Development (Current Employee) –  Las Vegas, NV23 April 2017
Teach for America has a highly competitive culture and staff often leaves within three years. As an employee I was provided with some great professional development for the first 3 years but then began to feel stagnant.
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Motivating and Inspirational
Greater Cleveland Corps Member (Current Employee) –  Cleveland, OH23 April 2017
While working in some of the toughest schools, the staff at Teach For America is upbeat, personable, and resilient. They are always there to lend out any support or help a Corps Member may need.
Pros
Lots of opportunity to grow and learn
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Great for getting your foot in the door
Corps Member (Former Employee) –  Philadelphia, PA20 April 2017
Teach For America is great for getting started in education. They do, however, demand a lot from its corps members, even after the summer training is completed. I'm grateful for the opportunities that have come from my participation in TFA, but would recommend anyone considering it to be very thoughtful about its mission and the demands of the program.
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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
N/a
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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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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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