Who We Are

Working Toward Educational Excellence and Equity for All

Teach For America South Carolina (TFASC) is committed to preparing more students to be college- or career-ready by placing our highly trained teachers in schools where the greatest needs are, and to engaging our alumni and partner network in educational advocacy. Since our founding in 2011, more than 55,000 students have been impacted by our network of more than 1,000 teachers and alumni in the state’s most under-resourced school districts.

Together with schools and school districts — as well as policymakers and supporters — TFASC leverages our national resources from Teach For America (TFA) and our local network to prepare educators to best meet the needs of South Carolina’s students and communities. We are working collectively to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence, and to lead.

Profile of Our Teachers

Here is a snapshot of our 85 first- and second-year teachers who made an impact across the state during the 2020-2021 academic year.

People of Color

Female

Low-Income Background

Native South Carolinians

HBCU Graduates

STEM Academic Backgrounds

Complex Challenges in a Rapidly Changing World

Amid the global pandemic, economic downturn, and heightened attention to racial injustice, students are struggling as they navigate new ways of learning and adapting to our rapidly changing world. It has been particularly challenging for South Carolina’s most vulnerable children, families with the fewest resources, children of color whose unmet needs stem from systemic failures and inequities, and students who count on schools for more than an education. TFASC’s work toward educational equity and systemic change has never mattered more.

Our nation needs to be focused on social-emotional learning, starting in early childhood. Social-emotional learning should be the core of education where students’ feelings are integrated with the academics.

— Haley Kantor​
First-Grade Teacher, Meeting Street Elementary at Brentwood​
Our nation needs to be focused on social-emotional learning, starting in early childhood. Social-emotional learning should be the core of education where students’ feelings are integrated with the academics.
— Haley Kantor
First-Grade Teacher, Meeting Street Elementary at Brentwood
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Our Vision

2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of TFASC. During this landmark year, we will announce our evolving goals and priorities for the next decade that still reflect our unwavering vision: One day, all children in South Carolina will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Our Approach

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

We provide intensive support to our teachers early in their careers. Teachers sign a two-year commitment when they join TFASC. Then, they receive ongoing training, coaching, and professional development from TFASC that enables them 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 Impact

For the past decade, our network of teachers and change agents has worked to expand opportunity and access for students in the state’s most under-resourced school districts.

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teachers recruited, placed, trained, and provided ongoing support in South Carolina since 2011

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teachers in South Carolina classrooms during the 2020-2021 academic year

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school districts in South Carolina partnered with TFASC since 2011

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of our teachers decided to extend their two-year commitment to teach in South Carolina during the 2019-2020 academic year

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students impacted in South Carolina since 2011

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of principals said our teachers contributed to a positive, collaborative, and professional culture during the 2019-2020 academic year

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of our teachers achieved over a year's worth of academic growth in their classrooms from 2015 to 2019

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alumni currently living in South Carolina

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South Carolina educators participated in TFA's Rural School Leadership Academy to date