Because great teachers are the key to student success, our program is highly selective. Over the past 5 years, only 12 percent of applicants have been accepted – a rate comparable to those of top-tier universities.
There is no one profile of an ideal candidate. A strong candidate may have built a successful career in business or engineering and now wishes to give back as a teacher. They could be a high-achieving recent graduate who majored in economics or physics who now wants to share their passion for these subjects with NYC students. Whatever their background, they believe that every student can achieve at a high-level and will do whatever it takes to help them get there.
We review every application carefully, looking for candidates who:
A Diverse and Talented Teaching Force
We have found that educators from wide-ranging backgrounds are able to relate to and connect with their students in meaningful ways, and our commitment to recruiting a diverse teaching force has produced noticeable results.
Fellows are committed to their students, and enter the program with the desire to make a lasting impact for the students who need excellent teachers the most.
While the New York City Teaching Fellows program does not require a length of commitment, 92 percent of Fellows complete their first year, 72 percent are still teaching in their third year, and over half teach for five years or more.
Nearly 450 Fellows are currently serving as principals, administrators, and school founders.
“As teachers, we’re blessed that whatever it IS that we are good at, it can be brought to bear purposefully and productively in the classroom. Are you analytical and a whiz with numbers? There’s a way to use that. Are you crafty? The kind of person who likes to make the gifts they give? We need those kinds of teachers, too. Can you tell a story? Are you good at summarizing texts? We need you! Do you readily offer a shoulder to cry on? Do you mind telling corny jokes? Are you a fierce advocate for social justice? Can you speak another language? Whatever ability or asset you have, your kids will draw it out of you and put it to work. This job will stretch not only your expectations for students, but your sense of self as well. What inspired you to love the subject you teach? Don’t be shy about sharing that part of yourself!” – Anthony, 2005 Fellow