What & Where You'll Teach

Which Region is Right For You?

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Khadijah Abdullah
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
220
Active
Alumni
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Josh Sparks
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
190
Active
Alumni
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Jared Henderson
Executive Director
80
Active Corps
Members
210
Active
Alumni
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Courtney Cass
Executive Director
180
Active Corps
Members
890
Active
Alumni
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Paul Keys
Executive Director, Bay Area
305
Active Corps
Members
2 815
Active
Alumni
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Katie Campos
Executive Director
45
Active Corps
Members
50
Active
Alumni
50
Active Corps
Members
270
Active
Alumni
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Tim Hurley
Executive Director
155
Active Corps
Members
445
Active
Alumni
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Aneesh Sohoni
Executive Director
285
Active Corps
Members
2 820
Active
Alumni
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Damion LeeNatali
Executive Director, Teach For America - Colorado
160
Active Corps
Members
1 340
Active
Alumni
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Nate Snow
Executive Director, Connecticut
155
Active Corps
Members
650
Active
Alumni
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Adele Fabrikant
Executive Director
160
Active Corps
Members
2 750
Active
Alumni
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Cary Wright
Executive Director
355
Active Corps
Members
900
Active
Alumni
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Laurisa Schutt
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
85
Active
Alumni
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Rachele DiMeglio Adam
Interim Executive Director
75
Active Corps
Members
780
Active
Alumni
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Andrew Lakis
Executive Director
205
Active Corps
Members
905
Active
Alumni
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Holly Davis Trifiro
Executive Director
100
Active Corps
Members
285
Active
Alumni
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Ben Schumacher
Executive Director
150
Active Corps
Members
670
Active
Alumni
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Kira Orange Jones
Executive Director & Senior Vice President
215
Active Corps
Members
1 020
Active
Alumni
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Charles Barrett Adams
Executive Director
140
Active Corps
Members
1 275
Active
Alumni
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Leslie Daugherty
Executive Director, Greater Tulsa
180
Active Corps
Members
240
Active
Alumni
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Jill Baldemor
Executive Director
130
Active Corps
Members
290
Active
Alumni
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Tiffany Cuellar Needham
Executive Director
215
Active Corps
Members
1 460
Active
Alumni
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Tony Ashton
Executive Director
30
Active Corps
Members
35
Active
Alumni
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Amar Patel
Executive Director
150
Active Corps
Members
430
Active
Alumni
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Darryl Willie
Executive Director
125
Active Corps
Members
205
Active
Alumni
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Chris Rosson
Executive Director
85
Active Corps
Members
345
Active
Alumni
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Sean Parker
Executive Director
170
Active Corps
Members
335
Active
Alumni
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Lida Jennings
Executive Director
190
Active Corps
Members
2 560
Active
Alumni
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Josh Biber
Executive Director
230
Active Corps
Members
2 000
Active
Alumni
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Athena Turner
Executive Director, Memphis
240
Active Corps
Members
425
Active
Alumni
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J. DeLano Ford
Executive Director, Metro Atlanta
120
Active Corps
Members
1 320
Active
Alumni
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Maxeme Tuchman
Executive Director
175
Active Corps
Members
485
Active
Alumni
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Garrett Bucks
Executive Director
130
Active Corps
Members
500
Active
Alumni
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Barbara Logan Smith
Executive Director
195
Active Corps
Members
225
Active
Alumni
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Tia Morris
Executive Director
110
Active Corps
Members
1 230
Active
Alumni
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Nate Morrison
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
225
Active
Alumni
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Charissa Fernández
Executive Director
410
Active Corps
Members
5 100
Active
Alumni
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Nafeesha Irby
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
125
Active
Alumni
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Art Serna Jr.
Executive Director, Oklahoma City
100
Active Corps
Members
150
Active
Alumni
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Lauren Chianese
Executive Director
35
Active Corps
Members
65
Active
Alumni
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Katie Tennessen Hooten
Executive Director
115
Active Corps
Members
880
Active
Alumni
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Kristine Frech
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
200
Active
Alumni
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Dr. Paula Garcia
Executive Director
80
Active Corps
Members
190
Active
Alumni
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Laura Saldivar Luna
Executive Director
135
Active Corps
Members
310
Active
Alumni
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David Lopez
Executive Director
45
Active Corps
Members
330
Active
Alumni
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Josh Bell
Executive Director
100
Active Corps
Members
275
Active
Alumni
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Jim Curran
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
75
Active
Alumni
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Laura Vinsant
Executive Director
75
Active Corps
Members
265
Active
Alumni
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Ben Lindy
Executive Director
55
Active Corps
Members
225
Active
Alumni
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Brittany Packnett
VP, National Community Alliances
80
Active Corps
Members
530
Active
Alumni
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Patricia McKee
SMD, Leadership Continuum
45
Active Corps
Members
655
Active
Alumni
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Tony Byrd
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
875
Active
Alumni

Determining What & Where You Will Teach

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1. Need and Opportunity

TFA aims to place you where you can have the best possible impact on student outcomes. Many regions have a high need for teachers in certain areas, such as:

  • Early childhood education
  • Math
  • Science
  • Spanish/bilingual education
  • Special education

2. Qualification Requirements

​Each region's partner schools have varying requirements for the teachers they hire. These requirements may include:

  • Minimum GPA
  • College major
  • Coursework prerequisites

TFA will assign you to a region, subject, and grade level where you meet the local requirements to be legally certified to teach.

The requirements for each region are complex and change often. Visit each region's website to learn more.

3. Your Preferences

If admitted, you'll have the opportunity to connect with a assignment consultant who will work with you to determine the factors that are most important to you and then suggest regions that will be a good match.

Selecting Your Preferences

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  • Talk With a Consultant
  • Review the Training Schedule
  • Tell Us Where You Want to Teach
  • Tell Us What You Want to Teach
  • Learn Your Regional Assignment and Accept Your Offer

Once you're admitted to the corps, you will be given the chance to discuss your regional preferences with one of our assignment consultants. During this time you'll discuss the factors most important for you in a region, such as:

  • Hometown connections
  • Cost of living
  • Master's degree options

Your consultant will then be able to suggest regions that will be a good match for you.

To join Teach For America, you must be able to complete all summer training. Before selecting your preferences, check the summer training schedule to make sure you can attend all the sessions for the regions you choose. Each region’s training schedule and location is different. 

If you have significant conflicts, such as your own wedding or a contractual obligation, let us know in advance and we’ll discuss options.

The summer training schedule for 2017 will be available in the early spring.

If you are willing to teach anywhere, you can make a huge difference by going where you are most needed. You should indicate this option only if you are truly open to it. Your flexibility has no impact on our admissions decisions.

Get to Know Our Regions

When picking your preferences, visit each region’s website on the map to learn more about what it’s like to live there, cost of living, and teacher certification requirements.

Select Your Regions

If you want to select specific regions where you would prefer to teach, you must choose at least 10 regions. Of the 10 regions you choose, you can indicate which ones are:

  • Highly preferred: You would be excited to teach in this region.
  • Preferred: You would strongly consider teaching in this region if you were accepted into the corps.
  • Least preferred: You would need learn more about this region and your potential for impact before joining the corps if placed here. Most applicants choose no more than two regions that are least preferred.

Tools to Help You Decide

If you have circumstances that limit your location options, you will be able to let us know this if you are invited to an interview.

You can indicate your preference of subjects to teach and grade level:

  • Elementary school (pre-K through grade 5)
  • Middle school (grades 6 through 8)
  • High school (grades 9 through 12)

While your choice does not impact your likelihood of admission, please consider one of these high-need areas:

You will be notified of your placement approximately two weeks after submitting your preferences.

When determining your placement, we do our best to put you in one of your most preferred regions, as long as your qualifications match the requirements.

Destination: High Impact

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There are regions where both the opportunity and need for great teachers are particularly high. Learn more about these regions and the pathway to leadership and impact they offer.

  • Mississippi
  • Greater Tulsa
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MISSISSIPPI

Consensus is building across Mississippi that a brighter future can be achieved when every child receives an excellent education. Corps members have a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in their local community and form life-changing relationships with students and families. Learn more.

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GREATER TULSA

Tulsa is a leader in early childhood education, dedicated to giving our youngest students the foundation for a strong start. Our teachers, alumni, and staff have adopted Oklahoma's spirit of partnership, grit, and determination and are working relentlessly to ensure that students have the opportunities they deserve. Learn more

Making a New Home

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Find out how other corps members have acclimated to their new communities.

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7 Ways to Prep for Your Placement Community

Katelyn Wilhelmi (Arkansas ’11) shares seven tips for making your new community feel like home.

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Reflecting on My First Semester of Teaching

Dylan Manderlink (Arkansas ’14) reflects on what she's learned about herself after her first semester of teaching.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  • When do I find out what and where I’ll teach?
  • Will I get to select the region where I will teach?
  • Will my preferences affect my chance of being admitted?
  • If you are admitted to the corps, you will have the opportunity to discuss your regional choices with a assignment consultant. 
  • You will then submit your regional and subject preferences.
  • Depending on your timeline you will receive your regional and subject assignment about two weeks after submitting your preferences. At this time time you will be able to confirm your offer.

If you are admitted to the corps you’ll be able to talk with an assignment consultant and discuss the factors most important to you in a region. Your consultant will be able to provide more information about our regions and recommend the best matches for your unique interests and needs. We do our best to place corps members in regions, subjects, and grade levels where are they are excited to teach—we call these highly preferred regions. Of our 2016 corps members, more than 90% were assigned to teach in one of their highly preferred regions.

The likelihood of being assigned any one of your highly preferred regions depends on several factors, such as:

  • Matching the requirements for eligibility in the region—such as GPA, coursework, etc.
  • Being available when the region has their summer training
  • The number of placements available

​The five most popular regions are:

  • New York
  • D.C. Region
  • Bay Area
  • Massachusetts
  • Los Angeles

In 2016, 55% percent of applicants highly preferred at least one of those regions. Yet all five of those regions combined made up only 23% percent of our placements.

Your preferences have no bearing on admissions. We encourage you to keep an open mind when deciding your preferences for grade levels, subjects, and regions. Your flexibility helps us place you where you can have the most impact.

Learn More About Joining TFA