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Find Your Future. Change Your World.

Be the teacher they deserve

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. 

You will work with your mentor teacher 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.

Graduates are 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. 

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

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Support the future of hamilton county.

When you support teachers, you change the lives of children who will change the world.

Make an Impact. Donate to Project Inspire.

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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



Download the expanded details
Submit resume, unofficial college transcripts, and references
Interview with the Project Inspire staff and attend Selection Weekend

Why Chattanooga?

choose to invest in a city that…

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

  • Mercedes Johnson

    "I'm excited to finally be fulfilling my dream of working with and teaching children! I believe at a time like this in this world children need hope and they need to know they are worthy of all the things life has to offer and that knowledge is key! I believe children also need role models that may look like them or closely relate to them. I'm ready to impact theses childrens lives as well them impacting mine in return!"

    Mercedes Johnson,
    Project Inspire resident
  • Stacey Lubbers

    "I am so excited to become part of Project Inspire and cohort 8! I can’t wait to learn and grow and hopefully impact and change the landscape of inequity in our public schools! I can’t wait to get to experience the hands on learning in the classroom while being surrounded by like minded individuals desiring to change and inspire together!"

    Stacey Lubbers,
    Project Inspire resident
  • Haley Mathis

    "I’m excited about many things. For one, I’m excited to be in a classroom with a mentor teacher. There are some things that only experience can teach you and I’m grateful to have the guidance of someone who has been in the field for a while! I’m also really looking forward to getting to know fellow cohort members and to developing my skills as a teacher in so many different areas."

    Haley Mathis,
    Project Inspire resident
  • Ethan Schubert

    "I am most excited to learn about how I can put myself in a position to positively affect the lives of students, and how I can lead other community members to enact positive change in other’s communities or their own personal direction."

    Ethan Schubert,
    Project Inspire resident
  • Alison Campbell

    "I am excited about working with the kids! I can't wait to get into the classroom, learn from my instructor, and have an impact on these kids lives. I look forward to working with all of my cohorts too. Let the adventure begin!"

    Alison Campbell,
    Project Inspire resident

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.”


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 70% are still teaching.

You can be the teacher students in Hamilton County deserve.

Start your application today!

Our Partners

  • Public Education Foundation
  • Americorps
  • Hamilton County Tennessee Schools
  • National Center for Teacher Residencies
  • Lee University