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Life as a Corps Member

Finding Your Footing in the Classroom

Alumni and corps members share their journeys to becoming better teachers.

By The TFA Editorial Team

March 21, 2019

When Things Start to Click in the Classroom

Teaching may be one of the hardest jobs you’ll ever have, especially during the first few weeks. But you’re not alone. Teach For America alumni and corps members describe their experiences as new teachers—from their most difficult moment to the time when everything started to click.

“Teaching is one of those jobs where you may not ever reach your goal of being the perfect teacher.”

Bianca Rosales
San Antonio Corps Member 2017

“I remember being slumped over my desk at the end of the first quarter and I thought, I am only one-fourth of one half of the way through my two-year commitment.”

Tom Torkelson
Rio Grande Valley Corps Member 1997

“I relied so much on my fellow corps members that were in the same year as me.”

Jenn Dewhirst
Houston Corps Member 1994

“There's a really clear moment where I felt like I kind of found my footing. I could put together the joy of teaching with the joy of really helping our kids see the impact that they could have in their own community. ”

David Nungaray
San Antonio Corps Member 2010