+ 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, answering essay questions, assessments, and performing interviews. We'll walk you through the whole process—first beginning with our application. New Educators are admitted on a rolling basis until our 2018-19 Cohort is full.
+ WHAT DOES AN EDUCATOR DO ON A DAILY BASIS?
Most first-year 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, from lunch duty to grading papers to helping with clerical tasks. How much class-leadership you do may depend on your prior experience and training.
+ ARE WE EDUCATORS OR MISSIONARIES?
Both! Most of your “official” work looks like education (or business leadership for those on the business track), 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. Due to the community, 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 both the overworked faculty and staff as well as the students by working 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?
Most 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, saving children who were on their way to being 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 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, transportation, a health insurance subsidy, and a monthly stipend of $500. Educators who are invited to serve a second year will receive the same benefits and a stipend of $1,000 a month.
+ 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 do everything as a community, including fundraising to support our missionaries. We give each Missionary Educator a fundraising target 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, that tends to include cookouts and pool parties.
+ WHERE DO TEACH FOR CHRIST EDUCATORS LIVE?
Educators will live as a team in a household, with separate residences for the men and women. Strong friendships form in the community as the Educators support each other professionally, personally, and spiritually.
+ WHAT DOES HOUSEHOLD LIFE LOOK LIKE?
Household meets together for daily prayer and community, household dinners, and monthly retreats. Most weekends are open to create service projects or go on adventures around the Twin Cities area.
+ WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A CAR?
Teams carpool to their schools together, using either a TfC vehicle or one brought by an Educator. Educators who bring their own cars receive a mileage 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.