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Life at Teach Plus

Our Culture

At Teach Plus, we are driven by our mission.  We love what we do and we work hard to make a difference for teachers and students.  We are smart, passionate, and engaged with one another.  We are thought partners, collaborators, and constant learners.
Our values are a driving force behind everything we do.

Leadership

We strive to empower teachers to be leaders on behalf of their students.

This means we must lead individually and as an organization with personal accountability, professional will, and courage.

Josh Kaufmann, Executive Director, Teach Plus Illinois:

"Leadership is about choosing and fostering a great team, setting a good example, and striving to guide the work in good times and bad.  I try to model hard work, integrity, and grit every day—and to motivate and channel my team and our teachers' energy even though the outcome is sometimes uncertain."  

Solutions-Orientation

Transformational change is possible.

To achieve it, we rigorously define need, boldly assess opportunity, and apply creativity, tenacity, and resourcefulness. 

Kemba Edwards, Teacher Engagement Manager, Teach Plus Tennessee:

"Self-reflection allows me to make strategic adjustments when necessary to ensure that my work is carried out effectively and efficiently. I appreciate that there are always many possibilities and alternatives, and I strive to seek them out, both individually and in partnership with my colleagues.”

Joy

We are here because we believe there is joy in the challenge of improving schools that serve low-income students.

We find joy in our achievements and by caring for self, each other, and the work.

Rich Cajoux, Technology and Operations Coordinator:

"I love cheering others on! Bringing joy to the workplace is important to me because I know it brightens up the lives of my colleagues."

Integrity in Practice

We are education professionals who work outside schools.

As such, we earn the right to say we are serving students by acting with urgency, integrity, and intentionality.

Chelsea Ulrich, National Research and Evaluation Manager:

"Acting with integrity in my work means choosing to do the right thing and acting on my principles. The success of our organization rests on our willingness to do so, even when it's a hard decision to make."

Collaboration

At Teach Plus, we are a team.

United by a shared mission, we weave individual strengths, passions and perspectives together to elevate our work.

Jaime Dusinberre, National Instructional Leadership Coach, Customized Team:

“I collaborate with the entire organization as we think creatively about the work that Teach Plus teachers do in and outside their schools. We leverage our collective expertise to design meaningful programming that allows teachers to lead while remaining in their classrooms where they are needed most."