Thank you for your interest in becoming a teacher. If you have questions about our Teaching Fellows programs, please email us using the form below.

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5 Tips for a Great Application

Are you ready to take the next step to make a difference for students who need great teachers? Here are five tips and tricks to help you craft a stand-out application.

1. Set Yourself Apart

The students we serve come from diverse backgrounds and experiences and we’re looking for the same in our Teaching Fellows. The best way to set yourself apart from the thousands of other applications we receive is to share a personal story about what makes you unique. Use simple, direct language and include details about real-life experiences that have inspired you to pursue a teaching career.

2. Do Your Research

We don’t expect candidates to have in-depth knowledge of education issues or our teaching strategies when applying; that is why have a rigorous pre-service training program. But the more context you have, the stronger your application will be, so we encourage you to read up on our unique approach to teacher training and the needs of the students we serve by reviewing our website, perusing the education section of local newspapers, or researching online. This will also set you up for success if you move on to the phone interview portion of the application process.

3. Leverage Your Transferable Skills

Are you a math or computer whiz? Do you have experience mentoring youth in your local community? Have you previously served as a committee or program chair? If so, we want to know more about how these skills and experiences will position you for success as a first-year teacher in one of our high-need schools.

4. Spell Check is your Friend

Solid communication skills are essential to becoming an effective teacher. We want to see the diligence and care you would put into training young minds reflected in this application, so there’s no excuse for spelling and grammatical errors and you should take special care to follow directions and answer according to word minimums and limits. Your application should be thoroughly reviewed before you submit, so ask a friend or family member to double check your work.


Don’t let a slight case of essay phobia dissuade you from pursuing this opportunity for a rewarding career as a teacher. We consider all applications holistically and essays are just one part of the whole picture. If you are unsure of the strength of your responses, reach out to a friend or family member for a second opinion.