Teacher retention is an ongoing challenge in K-12 education. According to CERRA, 42% of South Carolina teachers with five or fewer years of experience left the classroom during the 2020-2021 academic year. As a result, TFASC provides support to our teachers after their initial two-year commitment through our Second Tour Fellows program and continued mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities.

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.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 73% of our teachers decided to teach for a third year in South Carolina classrooms beyond their initial two-year commitment. When deciding to stay in the classroom, our teachers consistently maintain high-quality teaching and learning at schools that desperately need tenured teachers in place.

Second Tour Fellows

TFASC’s Second Tour Fellows program encourages teachers to stay for a full four years in South Carolina classrooms and expand their skills through our professional development network. As a fellow, our teachers receive a signing bonus, assistance toward national board certification, and executive career coaching, which is focused on their long-term leadership aspirations inside and outside the classroom.

This fellowship seeks to propel the development of our teachers as leaders who will advance educational excellence and equity. Fellows identify a leadership trajectory that will impact South Carolina’s education system and end their term with a Capstone project.

Alumni Network

No matter what path our teachers choose, they have an ever-expanding network of colleagues who are ready to support and lead alongside them. Currently, there are more than 360 alumni in South Carolina who are working to expand opportunity and access for all children. The state’s alumni network includes:

  • Teachers
  • School and School System Leaders
  • Higher Education Leaders
  • Education Nonprofit Leaders
  • Policy and Advocacy Leaders
  • Social Entrepreneurs

From classrooms to districts to statehouses, we’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence, and to lead.