Life as an Alum
After successfully completing your two-year commitment as a Teach For America corps member, you become an alum of the organization. You’ll join a large network of those working to shape the political, economic, and social future of our country, across all sectors.
To change our country’s education system, we need leaders challenging conventional wisdom and the status quo, working for the long term from both inside and outside the school system. Once you become an alum of TFA, you’ll bring an invaluable perspective to any career field in working to create opportunity for students and communities nationwide.
Informed and inspired by students, many alumni continue to teach beyond their TFA commitments in high-need communities. But alumni are also attorneys, CEOs, faith leaders, small business owners, ed-tech entrepreneurs, doctors, and countless other professions.
No matter what path you choose, you’ll have an ever-expanding network of colleagues ready to support and lead alongside you. See more about careers After TFA.
Alumni work in education or in fields that impact low-income communities
Alumni who serve as pre-K through 12th grade teachers
Alumni overwhelmingly say their corps experience accelerates and enhances their careers for the rest of their lives, no matter what career field they ultimately pursue. See the pathways of some of our alumni and read how their classroom experience shaped their trajectories. View more alumni profiles.
Metro Atlanta '08
Federal Public Defender of the Northern District of Texas
TFA prepared Aisha to be a successful attorney. The experience gave her a deep connection to high-needs communities, taught her how to build relationships, and made her a better advocate.
Los Angeles '07
Founder and Executive Chairman
The realization that millions of students don’t have access to the opportunities she had motivated Beth to teach. What she learned inspired her to become a social entrepreneur who gives thousands of students access to high quality summer programs.
Dallas-Fort Worth '11
As a platform management specialist for Google, alum Charles Lai used the skills he gained as a teacher to educate consumers and colleagues about Google products, tools, and platforms.
Opportunities for TFA Alumni
TFA offers education-related fellowships and programs that help accelerate your leadership and your career through professional development and relationship building. Our regions also work to surface opportunities for continued impact, helping you stay connected to your community and students, no matter what career path you pursue after the corps. Many regions coordinate social groups and events as well, so you can continue to grow your network long after your time in the corps.
Learn more about these opportunities, as well as our networking and career site, TFA Connect BETA, on Alumni Resources.
Graduate School and Employer Partnerships
TFA partners with hundreds of graduate schools and employers across the country, including Harvard Business School and Northwestern Law School, McKinsey and Google. These partners provide corps members and alumni with special benefits, such as deferrals and financial incentives, because they value the skills, commitment, and perspective you develop in the corps.
Learn about these benefits on Grad School and Employer Partners.
“My time with TFA helped me to realize that I enjoyed leading people, improving the status quo, and carrying out my entrepreneurial passions.”
The Alumni Network
As a Teach For America alum, you’re part of a network of nearly 60,000 people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and career paths. Yet we all work together in pursuit of educational equity.
See how alumni lead and serve in different ways, and learn more about unique opportunities, such as The Collective, which deepens our alumni of color’s impact by promoting leadership, learning, and community action. View the Alumni Network.
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April 17, 2018