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The Importance of Perseverance as a Teacher

Teach For America teachers share their motivations for providing the best education for their students, even during moments of doubt.

By The TFA Editorial Team

October 23, 2019

Sustaining Yourself as a Teacher

Teaching may be one of the hardest jobs you’ll ever have—one that requires resilience, patience, and a strong support network. Teach For America alumni and corps members share how they worked through their moments of doubt by drawing strength from their students, fellow educators, family, and friends.

Teach For America alumni and corps members share their candid reflections about the challenges and triumphs of teaching.

“Not only are you teaching every day. You're planning on the weekends or after school, but then you're also doing grad school. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Marcus Hughes
Metro Atlanta Corps Member 2003

“There were days where I did not know if I could do it. There were days where law school seemed easier. I kind of took a step back, and I was like this is exactly why I'm here. I want to work with the students that maybe not everyone wants to work with. I want to give back to my community because I know what it's like.”

Josephine Piñeda
Los Angeles Corps Member 2012

“It's a struggle, but I'm getting better at it, and I feel really good. I'm not alone. I can reach out to someone if I need help. It's about the students. It's about my team and what we're doing together.”

Daniel Gallegos
Los Angeles Corps Member 2018