No matter your path, Connecticut is a small state where your leadership can make a significant impact.
Make an Impact
You'll be welcomed into a network of passionate educators committed to expanding educational opportunity for students in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwalk, and Stamford. You’ll also join a community of over 700 alumni who work toward educational equity in education, health, public policy, law, and other sectors across the state. Leaders across Connecticut are focused on equity and Teach For America Connecticut contributes the scale and diversity of our network here to continuously expand opportunities and access for all kids.
As a Connecticut corps member you might find yourself on a path like Syeita Rhey’s (Connecticut ’07), who learned about educational inequity firsthand growing up in Hartford’s foster care system. She’s now in her 12th year as a Hartford educator and deeply committed to her school and community. You might also choose to follow in the footsteps of Monica Maccera (D.C. ’95) or Julie Goldstein (Los Angeles ’90), two of more than 17 alum principals we have in our state, or Maria Viggiano (Los Angeles ’06), a Bridgeport native who returned to lead policy and advocacy efforts in her hometown.
“Every year and every group of students who I work with remind me how important this mission is. I don’t see myself leaving education for a very long time, or ever, because of this.”
Connecticut might be only 170 miles long, but it's packed with charming towns, scenic country roads, and vibrant urban centers. Whether it's enjoying the dynamic food and culture in our capitol city of Hartford, some of the best pizza in the country in New Haven, or spending summer days along the shoreline you will always find plenty of activities. In fact, your students and their families will give you the best highlights of all. From the best soul food and Caribbean food in Bridgeport (Miss Thelma's and Bobby B’s!), to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas on the New Haven Green near Yale University, or the incredible farm-to-table coffee spots in Hartford, you'll discover all the gems within our urban centers. Connecticut is also full of lakes, hiking trails, vineyards, beaches, and year-round activities. A quick hike along the Appalachian Trail or a weekend of paddle-boarding is only a short walk or drive away. No matter where you reside, you’ll be part of a tight-knit, welcoming, and adventurous community.
Connecticut Commission on Community Service
Teach For America Connecticut is supported by the Connecticut Commission on Community Service, a partnership of the Corporation for National & Community Service and the Department of Higher Education. Our corps members are also AmeriCorps members, connected to a national service movement and eligible to receive an education award after successfully completing each year of teaching.
Teach For America Connecticut is pleased to partner with Quinnipiac University. Corps members, alumni and staff will receive an application fee waiver and a 10 percent tuition discount on all online programs. Quinnipiac University Online was an early adopter of online learning in 2001, and has since emerged as a thought leader in the delivery of online learning to non-traditional adult students. A variety of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs are offered, as well as graduate certificate programs.