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Memphis Teacher Residency

Summer Reading Teacher

June - July 2018 • Memphis, TN

What I liked

I enjoyed being in a place I'd never been before. I had a great time, and I hadn't spent much time in the South before. I also had some fantastic co-interns who made the entire experience a bunch of fun.

What I wish was different

I think that the organization I worked for could have done a better job with communicating what was expected of us. I also think that there were tons of differences among me and my fellow interns that we should have discussed further to make the environment more understanding and appreciative.

Advice

I would advise anyone interested in working as an educator to be sure they are truly interested in teaching, because it's hard.
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MTR camp Intern

June - July 2018 • Memphis, TN

What I liked

I loved the Christian outlook that MTR possessed as they promoted interns and teachers that saw the kids they were teaching as image bearers of God. This program goes beyond urban teaching experiences like Teach for America. Memphis Teacher Residency provides a supportive community and a long term preparation for teachers to seek equal education form minority communities. This internship exposed and educated me more about Urban and unequal education while also learning about the MTR graduate program. I loved that the statistics and the stories we here about urban education became real and tangible relationships as the interns grew close with the young kids in the community.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was able to do the program longer. Additionally, I wish that I had really read and understand the expectations for the internship. I loved the internship but needed a couple of weeks to adjust to the requirements and expectations of the internship.

Advice

If you want to get a hands on experience on urban education or just urban studies I would highly recommend this program. I learned more about teaching during my time in Memphis than I had ever learned in the classroom here at Wheaton. I also got hands on experience in learning more about our countries history with segregation and education for minorities.
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