+ HOW DOES THE APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW PROCESS WORK?
The interview process is designed in multiple steps to make sure that Teach for Christ is a great fit for you, and you for our team. The full process will include filling out an application, performing interviews, providing references, and further conversations. We'll walk you through the whole process—first beginning with our application. New Educators are admitted on a rolling basis until our 2019-2020 Cohort is full.
+ WHAT DOES A MISSIONARY EDUCATOR DO ON A DAILY BASIS?
First-year TfC Educators spend most of their time in the classroom, usually as co-teachers. A co-teacher sometimes leads the class, but also assists the teacher by teaching from the back of the classroom: intervening with students who may be falling behind, or need to jump ahead, working one-on-one or in small groups. And then you will do your fair share of other work as well, such as lunch and recess duty, grading papers, and helping with clerical tasks. How much class-leadership you do may depend on your prior experience, training, and school assignment.
+ ARE WE EDUCATORS OR MISSIONARIES?
Both! Most of your “official” work looks like education, but our core mission is to bring Christ to every child. By serving apostolically, you are an example of Christ's love to your students and colleagues. Missionary Educators also grow spiritually as they live, pray, and serve together. You probably will find that you end up being a more powerful witness for Jesus than you expected.
+ HOW DOES TEACH FOR CHRIST HELP CATHOLIC SCHOOLS?
We help schools do more with less. Our Educators help overworked teachers and their students by serving in the classroom, tutoring, coaching sports, and mentoring clubs. With so much one-on-one and small group work with students, you can have a tremendous impact on the education of a young person.
+ WHAT IS CO-TEACHING AND ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION?
Excellent teachers say it took them years to learn their trade. With our approach you can have a huge positive effect on a child’s life and learning your first day in the classroom, while also learning the skills to be a great classroom teacher. Some of the schools in which we work have performed miracles with one-on-one or small group instruction, making a massive difference in the lives of children otehrwise left behind. In working one-on-one, you can build supporting relationships with your students to encourage them on the path to success.
+ IS TEACH FOR CHRIST ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE TEACHERS?
Absolutely not! We expect that a majority of TfC Educators will serve for a year, maybe two, and then go on to a career outside of education, applying the leadership and communications skills they learned in TfC. Of course, we welcome education majors who already have student teaching experience and can hit the ground running.
+ WHERE DO TEACH FOR CHRIST EDUCATORS SERVE?
Currently our Missionary Educators serve Catholic elementary and high schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota. In the near future we have plans to expand to other dioceses and take the program nationwide.
+ HOW ARE EDUCATORS COMPENSATED?
In addition to valuable training and experience, first year Educators receive room and board, transportationy, and a monthly stipend of $250. Educators who are invited to serve a second year will receive the same benefits and an increased stipend per month. Missionary Educators may apply for free/reduced cost health insurance through MNsure.
+ CAN I DEFER MY STUDENT LOANS?
In most cases, yes! Federal loans can typically be deferred. Many loan-holders will allow you to pay little to nothing while taking a year to serve. We'd be happy to work with you in exploring different options.
+ SOME MISSION GROUPS REQUIRE MISSIONARIES TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY BEFORE THEY CAN GO ON A MISSION. DO I HAVE TO RAISE MY OWN FUNDING?
Not on your own! We give each Missionary Educator a fundraising goal of $2500, a small fraction of the nearly $20,000 it costs us to recruit, train, place, house, and feed each missionary. When you accept your appointment, we will give you the tools and work with you to raise that sum pretty painlessly before you even show up for training—which is the easiest way. If you haven’t raised all $2500 by the time training begins, we will work together as a community to help you get it done, in a fun and supportive environment.
+ WHERE DO TEACH FOR CHRIST EDUCATORS LIVE?
TfC Educators live as a team in a household, with separate residences for the men and women. Strong friendships form in the community as we support each other professionally, personally, and spiritually.
+ WHAT DOES HOUSEHOLD LIFE LOOK LIKE?
Households meet together for daily prayer, dinners, and fun activities. On weekends, the community goes on retreats, does service projects, and takes part in adventures across the Twin Cities.
+ WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A CAR?
Teams carpool to their schools together, using either a TfC vehicle or one brought by a TfC Educator. Missionary Educators are encouraged to bring their own cars, and will receive milleage reimbursement.
+ I AM NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL LATER IN THE SUMMER. CAN I STILL JOIN THE PROGRAM?
Unfortunately, no. In Teach for Christ, you are part of a team and forming a community from the beginning. It is mandatory to be present for all of summer orientation and training.