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TNTP Teaching Fellows

Finding a Teaching Position

Teachers are more successful when they work in a school that is a good fit for them. As a Teaching Fellow, you will be responsible for leading your own job search to ensure that both you and your principal feel good about the match. While our staff will offer resources and guidance, all hiring decisions are ultimately made by principals or other school-based administrators. We do not place Teaching Fellows in a school. Instead, you should expect to conduct an aggressive job search, including attending a day-long site visit and hiring event in Indianapolis in the spring.

Although this may sound daunting, Indianapolis Teaching Fellows will help you navigate the district hiring process, showing you how to find vacancies and occasionally coordinating interviews with principals. In addition, our team will host several school hiring events, review resumes, and hold mock interviews for those interested in getting some interview practice.

While admission to Indianapolis Teaching Fellows does not guarantee a teaching position, the need for quality teachers in critical-shortage subjects remains high. 

For the past four years, 100 percent of Teaching Fellows who successfully completed training were hired by the start of school.

OUR PARTNER DISTRICTS

This program exists to ensure that all Indianapolis students have access to great teachers, so you will need to be extremely flexible about your teaching assignment. 

In recent years, our program has partnered with the following schools and districts:

Indianapolis                                                                                    

  • Avondale Meadows Academy (United Schools of Indy)
  • Avondale Meadows Middle School (United Schools of Indy)
  • Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School (Tindley Schools)
  • Christel House Academy
  • Cold Spring
  • The Excel Center (Goodwill Industries)
  • Emma Donnan Elementary School (CSUSA)
  • Emma Donnan Middle School (CSUSA)
  • Emmerich Manual High School (CSUSA)
  • Enlace Academy
  • Global Preparatory Academy
  • Herron High School
  • Ignite Achievement Academy
  • Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School-CPA (Lighthouse Academies)
  • Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School-East (Lighthouse Academies)
  • Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School-South (Lighthouse Academies)
  • Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)
  • Kindezi Academy
  • KIPP Indianapolis (KIPP)
  • KIPP Unite (KIPP)
  • Paramount School of Excellence
  • Phalen @ Francis Scott Key (103)
  • Purdue Polytechnic High School
  • Riverside High School
  • T.C. Howe High School (CSUSA)
  • Tindley Collegiate Academy (Tindley Schools)
  • Tindley Genesis Academy (Tindley Schools)
  • Tindley Renaissance Academy (Tindley Schools)
  • Tindley Prep Academy (Tindley Schools)
  • Vision Academy - Riverside
     

Indianapolis Public Schools has a strong need for special education educators. 

Salary and Benefits

Once hired, you will be a full-time employee of the school district or charter school where you work, earning the same starting salary as any other first-year teacher in your school. In 2017-18, the average beginning teacher salary working in an Indianapolis partner school was $38000; teachers with a master’s degree related to their teaching assignment as well as those placed in a STEM subject area may be eligible for supplemental pay (approximately $1500 annually). Charter school salaries may vary.

You will also be able to access the same comprehensive benefits as all new teachers in your district or charter network, typically including medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. Detailed information about current salary schedules and available benefits for teachers is available on district or charter websites or through their Human Resources office.

AMERICORPS

As an Indianapolis Teaching Fellow, you may be eligible to enroll in the TNTP AmeriCorps Program. AmeriCorps is a national network of service programs that connects more than 100,000 Americans each year to serve our country’s most critical needs in areas including environmental issues, disaster relief and education.

Upon successfully completing their first year of teaching in a high-need school, Fellows enrolled in the TNTP AmeriCorps Program will be eligible for several financial benefits:

  • An education award of up to $5,815. AmeriCorps awards can be used for repayment of federal student loans and/or for future educational costs at schools that accept federal financial aid. Indianapolis Teaching Fellows are strongly encouraged to use this award to pay for their first year at Marian University, as the University offers the Masters in the Art of Teaching program at a significantly reduced cost.
  • Postponing repayment of federal student loans. As an AmeriCorps member, you may be eligible to pause repayment of any outstanding federal student loans. That means you would not have to make any federal student loan payments during your year of service, and after successfully completing the year, AmeriCorps would repay any interest accrued during that time.

In addition to these financial benefits, AmeriCorps members receive special training that prepares them to incorporate service learning and volunteerism into their teaching, including opportunities to participate in special activities such as AmeriCorps Week and the Martin Luther King Day of Service in their local communities.

Participation in AmeriCorps is dependent on federal funding and the award size is subject to change annually. As a result, candidates will be notified as soon as eligibility is determined, most likely at pre-service training.

FAQ | TNTP Americorps Program

LOAN FORGIVENESS

As a full-time teacher in a high-need school, you may be eligible for deferment or forgiveness of Stafford and Perkins student loans. For details, please contact your loan provider directly. More details are also available here: Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

If you have private student loans, we encourage you to ask your lender about potential loan-forgiveness programs.

TNTP TEACHING FELLOWS ALUMNI NETWORK

Upon graduating, you will be invited to join the TNTP Teaching Fellows Alumni Network. As a member of our alumni community, you will receive a regular newsletter with links to valuable professional development and career opportunities. More importantly, you’ll be able to connect with more than 33,000 Fellows across the country to share resources, talk through challenges and discuss important education issues affecting classrooms like yours. 

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