Our corps members and alumni leaders are making a huge impact across Charlotte-Piedmont Triad. Since 2014, 30 Teach For America corps members have been nominated as Guilford County Schools (GCS) Rookie Teacher of the Year, including La’Keia Colquitt (CPT '19) who was named Rookie Teacher of the District in 2020. Our corps members and alumni impact nearly 30,000 students on average each school year.
Informed and inspired by their students, our alumni are leading in schools, making policy, founding advocacy organizations, and developing businesses. Currently, 25 principals are Teach For America alumni. In 2017, two alumni were named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list.
To continue growing our impact, Charlotte-Piedmont Triad is focused on cultivating models of excellence at the school and classroom levels and activating the collective leadership of our network. We aim to leverage the scale and diversity of our network of 1,000 members by creating spaces to learn, innovate, and take action together.
Charlotte-Piedmont Triad has a rich legacy of social justice activism. Greensboro is home to the Woolworth's lunch counter sit-ins, which altered the course of history. Charlotte is the site of the landmark Supreme Court Case Swann v. Mecklenburg Board of Education, which created a legacy of successful school integration.
Today, Charlotte is home to a burgeoning arts scene of murals, museums, and gallery crawls. Piedmont Triad has become a hub for innovation, social entrepreneurship, and higher education opportunities.
“My students and the connection to Teach for America are what keeps me in Greensboro. I feel like I am part of something so much bigger than my own classroom and that I am working towards a goal that matters with an inspirational team that challenges me to be better.”
North Carolina Requires that every classroom teacher hold an educator license. Corps members will earn their license by enrolling in the two-year Teach for America NC-East Carolina University Education Preparation Program. The Education Preparation Program is mandatory unless you have already completed one. Certification costs between $2,000 and $6,473.
In addition, you may choose to utilize the AmeriCorps funds granted to you following your initial year of teaching to help offset the expenses of the two credit courses you must take in your second year of the Education Preparation Program. After completing their two-year commitment with TFA-NC and meeting all the requirements of the Education Preparation Program, corps members are eligible to receive their NC Professional Initial License.
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