Eight percent of children from low-income communities graduate from college. Eighty percent of children from high-income neighborhoods graduate from college. In an effort to find and help the fifteen million children in these low-income communities a program sponsored by Teach for America focuses on veterans as teachers willing to make a two-year commitment and get paid plus receive benefits.
Teach For America – Continental United States & Hawaii (Killeen/Temple,Texas Area)
Why join us?
Today in the United States, only 8% of students growing up in low-income communities graduate from college by the time they’re 24, compared to 80% of students from high-income communities. We are systematically failing to educate 15 million children growing up in poverty who rely on our school system to give them the support they need to become empowered and productive members of society. These disparities severely limit their life opportunities, as well as threaten the long term stability and competitiveness of our country. You have the power to change this.
Teach For America enlists a diverse corps of leaders who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong advocates in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Our corps members use their numerous skills and experiences from their varied work, leadership, and academic backgrounds to effect change in their classroom and help break the cycle of inequity that prevents students from fulfilling their potential.
Two year commitment. Full salary and benefits. All military personnel, Officers/ Enlisted from all Military Occupational Specialty career backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Click apply on company website button to learn more about our program and the application timeline and process.
What you will do
- Take on an intense personal challenge to address educational inequity in your classroom.
- Attend a rigorous pre-service summer training program designed to build upon and translate your professional skills and military training into your role as a teacher
- Participate in ongoing professional development and an alternative teacher certification program to ensure your success as a full-time teacher and beyond
- Set an ambitious vision for your students’ academic success, plan purposely, and work relentlessly alongside colleagues and others committed to improving academic outcomes in your school
- Continue to advocate for increased opportunities for students in low-income communities beyond the two-year commitment, regardless of career path
Where and what you will teach
- Corps members teach across all subjects and grade levels (pre-K through 12).
- Corps members teach in 46 urban and rural regions across the country. We work to meet your location and subject preferences while balancing school districts’ needs and considering district and state requirements. Visit our website to view a map of our placement regions.
What are the benefits?
- Full salary, comprehensive health insurance, and retirement benefits from your school district. Salary ranges from $30,000 to $51,500, depending on where you teach
- Intensive training, ongoing support, and career development as a corps member and alum, including development of leadership, communication, management, and problem solving skills, among others
- Access to a community of 28,000 alumni leaders and partnership organizations intent on maximizing your impact and continuing to provide you with support after the corps
- AmeriCorps education award of up to $11,100, loan forbearance and paid interest for two years on qualified student loans
Desired Skills & Experience
Is this you?
- A deep belief in the potential of all kids and a commitment to do whatever it takes to expand opportunities for students
- Demonstrated leadership ability and superior interpersonal skills to motivate others
- Strong achievement in professional, extracurricular, academic and/or volunteer settings
- Perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to adapt to changing environments, and a strong desire to do whatever it takes to improve and develop
- Excellent critical thinking skills, including the ability to accurately link cause and effect and to generate relevant solutions to problems
- Superior organizational ability, including planning well and managing responsibilities effectively
- Respect for individuals’ diverse experiences and the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds
- No education coursework or certification required: candidates of all professional backgrounds, academic majors, and career interests encouraged to apply
Required to apply:
- Bachelor’s degree, minimum 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA
- Citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. This fall more than 10,000 corps members will be teaching in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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