Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) recruits, trains, and supports effective teachers in a Christian context. MTR believes education inequity is one of the greatest social justice and civil rights issues of today and offers 3 ways to get involved in the work of Equal Education: 1 job for college seniors and alumni and 2 paid summer internships for current college students.
Residency: For college graduates, we offer a 1-year residency program where residents teach with a mentor teacher (Mon-Ths), receive weekly coaching, and participate in Master of Urban Education coursework through Union University (Fri-Sat, 100% paid for by MTR). After the residency year, 3 years of teaching in an under-resourced partner neighborhood in Memphis are required. Coaching and additional support services are continued throughout the next 3 years. Learn more about the teacher residency at MemphisTR.org/residency
MTR Camp: For college students returning to school in the fall, MTR Camp is a 4-week paid internship to get a taste for working towards equal education with elementary-aged students in Memphis. Learn more at MTRCamp.org.
Marjorie Lee Browne STEM Fellowship: For college students of color with a STEM major or minor who will be returning to school in the fall, the Marjorie Lee Browne STEM Fellowship involves serving as a paid counselor and TA at a STEM Discovery camp for rising 7th graders in Memphis, TN for 4 weeks. Learn more at MemphisTR.org/Browne-STEM-Fellowship.
History: MTR has been training teacher residents to serve students in under-resourced neighborhoods of Memphis, TN since 2009. Learn more about our program results at MemphisTR.org/results
Christian Love Expressed in Equal Education
As a response to the gospel mandate to love our neighbors as ourselves, MTR will partner to provide students in Memphis neighborhoods with the same, or better, quality of education as is available to any student in Memphis by recruiting, training, and supporting effective teachers within a Christian context.
Restored Communities Living with Dignity and in Peace
The vision of MTR is to use our specific work within education, in partnership with other holistic organizations, to help restore communities so that all individuals can become empowered contributors to our city and people of all races and classes can engage with one another in peace.
“If you want to be a teacher and are interested in getting a Masters in Urban Education, this is worth applying for. MTR's community is unparalleled, I moved to Memphis and immediately gained a network of peers who were as dedicated to becoming excellent teachers as me, everyone who works at MTR is great and interested in making sure students in Memphis are receiving the best education. I loved the graduate classes. They were engaging and purposeful. Everything we learned we were able to apply in the classroom that same week! You will feel supported and empowered to teach with excellence if you become a part of MTR. Another aspect of MTR that I have huge respect for is the organizations commitment to feedback, improvement, and efficiency. Like any organization it is not perfect, but what sets it apart is MTRs commitment to constantly learning and growing. Your voice will be valued and heard. Lastly, MTR is an incredible opportunity to gain a free masters degree with living expenses paid for. Because of that generosity, residents are able to focus on being and becoming excellent teachers for the students of Memphis.”
June 2019 - May 2020
“MTR is a top-notch teacher prep program. Just check out the results: https://memphistr.org/results/. With high teacher burnout as a reality in urban education, MTR equips its teachers to have excellent methods and supports inside and outside the classroom, which will help them face the inevitable difficulties of teaching. Most importantly, though, MTR seeks to restore dignity to communities by expressing Christian love through equal education. As MTR sends out more teachers each year into Memphis schools, more students are receiving excellent, dignifying education. Now is the time. Memphis is the place.”