WHAT WE ARE &
WHAT WE BELIEVE
What is Project Inspire Teacher Residency?
Project Inspire Teacher Residency is a 14-month clinical teacher prep program that trains non-education majors to become impactful teachers for the highest-need schools in Hamilton County.
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 Master's Degree + teaching license in 14 months
Full year apprenticeship with a great teacher
Ongoing support and leadership development, with additional support throughout your commitment
Receive a living stipend throughout the entire residency
Residents learn with each other and from each other
Live in Chattanooga - a progressive, smart, outdoor city
MORE THAN ONE WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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.
Go to pefchattanooga.org.
Scroll to the middle of the webpage, and click Donate to PEF Today.
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.
PROJECT INSPIRE REQUIREMENTS
Cumulative GPA of 2.75
Four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Commitment to teach 4 years in a Hamilton County high-need school
US Citizenship or permanent residency
Submit resume, unofficial college transcripts, and references
Interview with the Project Inspire staff and attend Selection Weekend
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
Project Inspire graduate, Chemistry Teacher at The Howard High School
"Ever since I began considering a career in teaching, I knew I wanted to teach in a high-need setting. I believe strongly in the power of education to pull people and communities out of poverty. I knew that Project Inspire would provide me the support and mentorship to become an effective and confident teacher, as well as a more self-aware person in general. My work as an educator will continue long after my five years with Project Inspire, and I felt - and feel now - that PI will set me on the path to being an influential educator and leader in all areas of my life."
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.”
WHAT WILL YOUR IMPACT BE?
Now in his fourth 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.