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:
- 17 percent had earned graduate-level degrees before applying to the program.
- 66 percent identified themselves as a person of color.
- Fellows hailed from over 30 states and 100 different universities including foreign universities.
- Fellows who were career changers came from 17 different industries including engineering, healthcare, finance, advertising, and the arts.
Characteristics of a successful candidate
We know a broad range of individuals can succeed in our program. However, we know that individuals who demonstrate 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
Regardless of your background, all of our Fellows unite around one idea – the idea that all students can excel.