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10 Years of intentionality in South Carolina

Since 2011, TFASC has worked intentionally to recruit, prepare, and retain high-quality teachers who transform student outcomes at schools with the greatest needs.

Why was Teach For America needed in South Carolina a decade ago?

The state’s public schools have faced a teacher shortage crisis for years. Recruiting and retaining high-quality educators is most urgent in South Carolina schools serving high concentrations of low-income students and students of color.
Because teacher vacancies cannot be filled solely with educators from traditional preparation programs, TFASC is part of the solution to recruit and retain excellent teachers from alternative pathways at under-resourced schools and school districts.

“Alternative pathways have let us find some of our best teachers.”

Hayward Jean »
Director of Student Services,
Orangeburg County School District

Our Decade of Impact

In 2011, TFASC was founded on a belief in the potential of all children and their right to an excellent education in South Carolina. Our movement has grown from placing 31 teachers in the Pee Dee region during our first year to training 767 teachers who positively impacted more than 70,000 students across the state over the past decade.
Since our inception, TFASC has worked intentionally to recruit, prepare, and retain high-quality teachers who transform student outcomes at schools with the greatest needs. We equip those who stand in front of our students with every tool necessary to give a child success.

Here’s a look at how we are making an impact to help solve the educational challenges in South Carolina:



teachers recruited and trained by TFASC

student impact
70208 +

students impacted by TFASC teachers

240000 +

hours of teacher training provided by TFASC


school districts partnered with TFASC

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schools welcomed TFASC teachers


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180 +

teachers supported by TFASC

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42 %

of TFASC first- and second-year teachers achieved over a year’s worth of academic growth in their classrooms

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43 %

of TFASC teachers continued teaching beyond their initial two-year commitment

“TFASC teachers infused a momentum in our school culture that was unstoppable and undeniable for the good of our students, our school, and our community.”

Kimberly Sutton Mason »
Principal, Rosenwald Elementary and Middle School

Anniversary Campaign Overview:
10 Years of Intentionality

The 2021-2022 school year marked the 10th anniversary of TFASC. During this landmark year, we launched an anniversary campaign, “10 Years of Intentionality,” to recognize the teachers, alumni, partners, and supporters who made our impact possible over the past decade. We also set ambitious goals to amplify our impact over the next decade — reaching more students and communities.
Thank you to those who supported our 10th anniversary campaign. Most importantly, thank you to our teachers and alumni who work tirelessly to ensure that every student in South Carolina can fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams.

Read Our Anniversary Campaign Publications

10-Year Anniversary Reflection Guide

Following the culmination of our anniversary campaign, we published a reflection guide to highlight the impact spotlight honorees and several celebration events.
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2022 DiscussED White Paper

This white paper, “The Future of Education: 2040 and Beyond,” summarizes key ideas and actions from our inaugural DiscussED forum, a bold conversation series to reimagine South Carolina’s education system that was launched during our anniversary campaign.
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Support Our Next Decade of Impact

Additional support from donors will be crucial to expand our teacher support programs and to amplify our impact over the next decade in South Carolina. With your support, we will recruit, prepare, and retain more high-quality teachers across the state.

If you believe in our vision that every child deserves an excellent education, then please support our growing movement.

“To elicit change, you have to believe in scholars first. It’s clear to me that TFASC teachers bring the love and belief in scholars to make change work.”

William Brown »
Founder and Board Chair,
Legacy Early College