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Characteristics of Teachers Who Expand Opportunity


TFA teachers come from all different college majors and experiences. What connects them are common mind-sets, skills, and a belief that all students deserve the opportunities that a good education affords. Teach For America’s research shows that corps members and alumni who significantly expand opportunity for students in the classroom and beyond often possess the following characteristics.


1. A deep belief in the potential of all kids.

You are committed to doing whatever it takes to expand opportunities for students, often with a perspective informed by experience in low-income communities. You have an understanding of the systemic challenges of poverty and racism.

2. Demonstrated leadership ability.

You are able to lead others in a variety of settings, including those that are less familiar.

3. Strong achievement.

You are able to attain measurable results in academic, professional, extracurricular, and/or volunteer settings.

4. Perseverance in the face of challenges.

You have the ability to adapt to challenging environments.

5. Long-term commitment to reaching goals.

You have a strong desire to improve and develop, both personally and professionally.

6. Excellent organizational ability.

You are a master of planning well and managing responsibilities effectively.

7. Excellent interpersonal skills.

You have a proven ability to motivate others.

8. Respect for individuals' diverse experiences.

You have the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds.

Make a Meaningful Impact Throughout Your Career


Whether you just graduated college or are considering a career change, your unique experience and skills can be tremendous assets in the classroom.

As a TFA corps member, you’re a full-time teacher with the responsibility and opportunity to lead real change. After two years in the classroom, TFA alumni go on to pursue diverse careers to continue their impact. 

While many choose to stay in the classroom, others lead in a variety of fields such as education, politics, entrepreneurship, law, and medicine. TFA alumni share a lifelong passion for creating opportunities in low-income communities and working toward systemic change. Explore alumni career paths after the corps.

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