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Why Indianapolis?

Whether working in Indianapolis Public Schools or one of the city's innovative charters, Indianapolis Teaching Fellows make a difference in a state that is leading reform efforts nationally.


With more than 30 district and charter school partners in greater Indianapolis, Fellows have unique flexibility to find a school that fits their skills and interests. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I wanted control over where I would teach. That’s what really appealed to me about Indianapolis Teaching Fellows,” said Fellow Emily Willis Wallace.

With over 500 alumni, it’s likely you will be teaching in the building with another Fellow or an alumnus of the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows which provides a sense of community, camaraderie, and support.


Described as “highly individualistic and nontraditional,” many Indianapolis Fellows took unconventional paths to the classroom. They apply their rich life experiences – as surgeons, soldiers and foster parents – to a wide range of school settings, whether they’re teaching early childhood education, adult education or anything in between. What has brought most Indianapolis Teaching Fellows to the program is their deep desire to impact their own community in Indianapolis—more than 75% of the 2017 cohort was from the state of Indiana.



Fellows don’t just teach, they embrace a wider movement. “Education reform is a priority of state and local government. There’s an environment conducive to new ideas and open to new talent, with lots of brilliant minds coming together to solve educational equity problems,” said Alumni Brent Freeman, now Special Education Director of Indianapolis Public Schools.


Fellows teach in the richly diverse, affordable, and flourishing Midwestern city of Indianapolis. The Circle City is a place to experience every sport, one of the largest collection of monuments dedicated to veterans in the nation, second only to Washington, D. C., and seven unique cultural neighborhoods each boasting their own art, food, and general style. Indianapolis is the perfect city for a teacher to become deeply invested in their community.

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