Who We Are
teachNOLA Teaching Fellows has been in partnership with the New Orleans community for over 15 years to prepare individuals without teaching certification to become exceptional teachers for the students of New Orleans. teachNOLA Fellows play a critical role in breaking down the socioeconomic and racial barriers that have denied our students access to an equitable education.
Through teachNOLA, you will elevate your academic and professional expertise into a high-impact career as a certified teacher working in Greater New Orleans public schools.
Who Our Students Need
teachNOLA provides a diverse and passionate group of aspiring teachers an accelerated pathway to the classroom. teachNOLA is an ambitious, teacher-centered effort to invigorate New Orleans schools with great teachers and leadership.
We recruit, train, certify, and support accomplished professionals, recent college graduates, and graduating seniors who aren’t yet certified as teachers, but possess the dedication and content knowledge to teach in Greater New Orleans schools.
You may have built a successful career and now desire to pursue a more fulfilling path as a teacher. You may be a recent graduate who wants to share your passion for learning with the students of New Orleans. Whatever your background may be, you believe that every student can achieve at the highest level, and you are committed to helping them get there.
We are seeking mission-aligned candidates to teach critical-need subjects, including Math, Science, English, Early Childhood Education and Special Education.
Benefits of Teaching in New Orleans
- Innovative School Structure: New Orleans is the first city in the country where most students attend charter schools, so Teaching Fellows can find their fit by choosing from amongst dozens of high-performing charters in Greater New Orleans, or a more traditional setting in a Jefferson Parish Public School.
- Classroom-Centered Preparation: Fellows prepare to enter the classroom by participating in a five-week training experience. Where traditional teacher preparation leaves little time for hands-on skill-building, our innovative training is centered around actual teaching experience in summer school classrooms. Fellows practice core skills that they need in order to be successful on their first day of teaching and ground their pedagogy in culturally responsive teaching. There is no cost for this training, but Fellows are responsible for expenses related to pre-employment requirements such as background checks, fingerprinting (approximately $50) and state required certification exam fees ($45-150 each).
- Full Salary and Benefits: Fellows are hired as full-time teachers by our school partners and will begin teaching for the 2023-24 school year. They receive the same compensation as all other first-year teachers, including a starting salary of $38,000-45,000 plus comprehensive benefits.
- Certification: During the first year in the classroom, Fellows earn certification through our program which includes coursework and individualized support that builds on the skills mastered during training. teachNOLA Fellows are recognized not simply as certified teachers, but as having a proven track record of classroom success. The tuition of $4,400 is payable throughout the year with the first payment not due until October 1st, after Fellows start receiving a full-time salary. In addition, various schools offer full or partial tuition reimbursement and the opportunity to apply for TNTP’s AmeriCorps program that includes an award up to $6,495 for education related expenses or previous student loans.
- Must have bachelor’s degree by June 2023
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
- Must not be a licensed teacher
- Must have a minimum 2.2 cumulative undergraduate GPA
Apply before our Priority application deadline on December 6th!