How We Work

Teach For America (TFA) inspires college graduates and future leaders to commit to teaching for at least two years in a low-income community, where they are employed by local schools and confront both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities and access for children.

We provide intensive support to our teachers early in their careers – as the first two years in the classroom are critical in a teacher’s development. During their initial two-year commitment, our teachers receive ongoing training, coaching, and professional development from Teach For America South Carolina (TFASC). This support enables our teachers to improve student performance in the state’s most under-resourced school districts.

After successfully completing their initial two-year commitment, many TFASC teachers stay in the classroom and make a career out of teaching. And those who don’t stay in the classroom still gain invaluable first-hand knowledge of what ails our education system and become lifelong advocates for systemic change.

Our Intensive Support Model

To help solve South Carolina’s educational challenges, our contribution is through leadership – finding, developing, supporting, and retaining teachers who will advance educational excellence and equity.

Learn more about our four-part approach to how we work:

Since 2011, more than 1,000 TFASC teachers and alumni have impacted over 55,000 students with their energy and intentionality in the state’s most under-resourced school districts.