Join a community of passionate leaders who are changing lives in New Mexico.
You may never want to leave New Mexico. From the deep red desert in the northwest to the towering Organ Mountains in the southeast, the landscape of New Mexico is infused with the culture of its people. This place has been home to indigenous people for millennia. Whether you teach in the peaceful rural communities of the Navajo Nation, the small cities of Gallup and Espanola, or the more urban centers around Albuquerque and Santa Fe, you will experience a land full of history, stories, hospitality, and adventure.
Most of our corps members teach in the northwest corner of the state, near the borders of Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. Our placement schools are located mostly in small towns and rural Indigenous communities—with populations ranging from 200 to 20,000. Most corps members teach in schools with other corps members and often choose to live together. There is almost always a support system in place where community dinners and weekend adventures await.
A smaller group of corps members are forging new partnerships with communities along the Rio Grande river, teaching in more urban near Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
One of the best parts of living here? No matter where you are, you are surrounded by the majesty of the outdoors. World-class skiing, biking, hiking, and photography are in your backyard or a short drive away.
New Mexico's ranking in education
New Mexico's graduation rate—the second-lowest in the United States
Students proficient in math
Students proficient in reading
“TFA goes above and beyond to empower the academic excellence of students. It is clear their teachers work far beyond a six-hour school day to ensure they are having a transformational impact. This is a community-led organization that believes in strengthening the sovereignty of the Navajo Nation.”
We have placed teachers on the Navajo Nation since 2001 and the Pueblo of Zuni since 2003. Today, we are proud to have support from our tribal communities, including many Navajo Nation chapters and the Governor of the Pueblo of Zuni.
Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
Since 2016, Teach For America has partnered with the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium to recruit Dine’ teachers.
Our Regional Partners
We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.
University of New Mexico
Santa Fe Community College
We also partner, on a limited basis, with other higher education institutions.
Albuquerque Collegiate Charter School
Altura Preparatory School
Central Consolidated School District
Dził Ditł'ooí School of Empowerment, Action and Perseverance
Española Public Schools
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Native American Community Academy
Six Directions Indigenous School
Turquoise Trail Charter School