Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in New Orleans, one of the fastest improving regions in the country.
Are you searching for a teaching position in New Orleans for the school year?
Consider Teach For America (TFA), which offers a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the community in Greater New Orleans.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors to become TFA “corps members.” That includes people who have previously taught, people transitioning to a career in education, and people who are just graduating from college.
Corps members commit to teaching for two years, in the districts and schools most impacted by educational inequity. Corps members are full, salaried employees of local public schools, confronting both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids. Many opt to continue teaching after their two-year TFA commitment ends. During their time with TFA, corps members develop into strong classroom leaders who go beyond traditional expectations to advance students’ academic and personal growth, while helping to strengthen schools.
In partnership with local nonprofit organizations and businesses in Greater New Orleans, corps members receive initial training, ongoing professional development, and access to an unparalleled resource and support network.
Teach For America has 6,200 corps members in 50 regions, reaching more than 400,000 students in 2,500 schools.
While specific regional placement is not guaranteed, 80 percent of TFA's applicants are assigned to their most preferred location. We know that your personal location preferences are important. Read more below about our placement process.
Corps Member Eligibility
A background in education is not required for corps members. In order to be considered for a position with TFA, you must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and U.S. citizenship, national/legal resident status, or be a DACA recipient.
In addition to these eligibility requirements, we seek people with a deep belief in the potential of every child, a strong record of achievement, and perseverance in the face of challenges, among other key values and experiences. Read more about the characteristics of strong corps members.
Working in New Orleans
As a corps member, you will be required to complete steps to become highly qualified in the subject(s) you’ll teach and work toward full teaching certification during your two-year commitment. Learn more about earning your teaching license and getting hired at a school.
Salary and Benefits
You’ll receive a salary and benefits from the school district, charter school, or pre-K center where you work. You’ll be paid the same as other beginning teachers working for the same employer. Salaries range from $35,000 to $45,000 for new teachers in Greater New Orleans.
As a full-time TFA teacher, you are entitled to medical benefits through your school or district. Plans and costs vary, depending on where you teach. Read more on salary and benefits as a corps member, plus take a look at details on the cost of living in Greater New Orleans.
You may also be eligible for additional financial incentives exclusively available to TFA corps members. Learn more about financial aid, including transitional funding packages.
Certification and Training
During your first year in the corps, you’ll enroll in one of two certification programs available—The New Teacher Project (TNTP) or Relay Graduate School of Education (GSE). After completing one of these certification programs, teaching for a year, and meeting other requirements, you’ll earn a Standard Level 1 Louisiana Certification. If you choose, you can continue in TNTP or GSE for a second year and earn a master’s degree.
If you do choose to pursue your master’s, be aware that corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Learn more about certification and training in Greater New Orleans.
After Two Years
After your two-year commitment with TFA, you may choose to stay in the classroom for additional years of teaching. Some TFA alumni go on to work in school leadership, and many others go on to impact educational equity from another sector.
We are dedicated to making sure you have the resources and support you need to lead and continue to work towards change, with a dedicated TFA Greater New Orleans support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
Teach For America’s Placement Process
TFA corps members teach in 50 regions. After applying and interviewing for TFA, you’ll have the opportunity to rank the regions where you prefer to teach.
Our placement process is designed to assign you to the region(s) you’re most interested in as best as possible, since we know that landing in a region that matches your priorities is important. A majority of applicants are placed in one of their top regional choices.
After applying, you must select and rank 10 TFA regions where you want to teach, one of which must be a region we’ve designated as “high priority.” Read more about our placement process.
Make an Impact in Greater New Orleans
In 1990, Teach For America New Orleans launched, with just 45 corps members. Since then, the region has grown to 1,000+ alumni in the area, and nearly 200 corps members, serving the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard. Together, these corps members and alumni account for 20 percent of the teaching force in New Orleans.
As a corps member, you’ll help transform the educational outlook of students in New Orleans. Most corps members are placed in the city of New Orleans. Some are also placed in nearby St. Bernard Parish. As part of TFA Greater New Orleans, you’ll work to meaningfully expand opportunities for students, using your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives.