There is no one “right” type of Teaching Fellow. Fellows are a select community of over 9,000 skilled professionals and recent college graduates who are passionate about social justice and ensuring that all students in NYC receive an excellent education. We have found that Fellows with a broad range of personal and professional backgrounds are able to leverage their experiences to help students achieve.
Fun facts about last year's cohort:
- Fellows who were career changers came from over 20 different industries including engineering, healthcare, finance, advertising, and the arts.
- 67 percent identified themselves as a person of color.
- 65 percent attended a NYC public school.
- Fellows hailed from over 30 states and 100 different universities including foreign universities.
- 17 percent had earned graduate-level degrees before applying to the program.
Characteristics of a successful candidate
We believe that a broad range of individuals can succeed in our program. Our research on past cohorts shows that individuals who possess the following characteristics are more likely to succeed in the selection process and during pre-service training:
- Prioritize student learning and hold high expectations for all students
- Demonstrate the ability to succeed at challenges
- Can apply feedback to improve quickly in new situations
- Are deeply committed to learning and self-improvement
- Possess strong communication skills and the ability to interest and motivate others
- Can break down complex topics in a concise and logical manner
- Can connect their prior experience to their desire to teach
Ultimately, all of our Fellows unite around one idea – students of all backgrounds can excel.