Find Your Future. Change Your World.
Students deserve highly-effective and compelling teachers.
Project Inspire graduates view failure as a step toward success, make their students feel understood and cared for, and bring energy and joy to the classroom.
Students deserve teachers who are able to do their best work.
Along with your mentor teacher, you will hone your unique gifts to deliver lessons that excite you and engage your students. With your attention focused on students, the professors at Lee University and the Project Inspire staff will guide you down the path to your graduate degree and licensure.
Students deserve teachers who want to make a difference.
We aim for our graduates to be hired in clusters so that they push each other to greater heights and have an in-house support system. As this network of educators grows, so does your impact.
Every student deserves a great teacher - regardless of their zip code. Together we can challenge the inequities in Hamilton County schools.
Why a residency program?
Earn a tuition-free Masters of Arts in Teaching + teaching license in 14 months
Full year apprenticeship with a great teacher
Residents learn with each other and from each other
Ongoing support and leadership development, with additional support throughout the four years of your commitment
Receive a living stipend throughout the entire residency
Live in Chattanooga - a progressive, smart, outdoor city
When you support teachers, you change the lives of children who will change the world.
Make an Impact. Donate to Project Inspire.
- Go to pefchattanooga.org.
- At the top of the page, choose Invest in PEF.
- Scroll to the middle of the webpage, and click Donate to PEF Today.
- In the special purpose form, type Project Inspire .
- Enjoy the feeling of contributing to the future of Hamilton County!
Calling All Majors
You don’t need a bachelor’s degree in education to teach!
Here’s what we look for in a Project Inspire resident.
Cumulative GPA of 2.75
Four year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
Commitment to teach 4 years in a Hamilton County high-need school
US Citizenship or permanent residency
BECOME A PROJECT INSPIRE RESIDENT
FROM BEGINNING TO END, THESE ARE THE DETAILS:Download the expanded details
Apply online by November 6 (priority application deadline) or February 12 (final application deadline)
Submit resume, unofficial college transcripts, and references
Interview with the Project Inspire staff and attend Selection Weekend
Choose to invest in a city where the "can-do" attitude of its citizens helped remake Chattanooga from an industrial hub to the best mid-sized city in America. Rivers and mountains make it the perfect outdoor playground while gigabit internet speeds brought the tech infrastructure and innovation to support both big business and startups alike. Urban education is Chattanooga's next challenge and full of opportunity; will you join us?
Be Inspired: Meet Our Residents
"I realized - I’m just one person. So I could do what I want to do with math and make a small impact. But as a teacher, I have the power to encourage lots of other people to see the beauty in it, and through them, make a much larger impact.”
“I was so nervous before the first day of school, but I don’t think I will be next year because I’m getting an entire year of practice. Practice makes you better and more comfortable with a job – and its something you get a lot of with Project Inspire.”
What will your impact be?
When Anthony Zermeno stepped into the classroom on the first day of his residency year, he was terrified. “I felt chills going down my back. But I really believe that fear was an indication that I was exactly where I needed to be.”
SUCCESS BECOMES YOUR STORY
Now in his first year of teaching, Zermeno sees himself being committed to his school and students long term. Of the teachers who have graduated from Project Inspire, approximately 75% are still teaching.