One of the most exciting aspects of Epiphany’s program is that we are developing the next generation of highly skilled and dedicated urban educators through our Teaching Fellow Program which recruits young college graduates eager to make a difference. Most are from the same backgrounds as our students, and more and more are actually Epiphany graduates themselves. During their time at Epiphany they do much to help these children while also honing their own skills. They all commit to a year or more of service in exchange for room, board, and a modest educational stipend. All Teaching Fellows are mentored by experienced Master Teachers. They also meet regularly with a personal coach, and every other week they meet as a group with the Principal. Fellows teach small classes, coach sports, run extracurricular activities, supervise study hall, mentor students, and more. They live here on campus, and many earn their Masters of Education at the same time.
The After School Alliance reports that close to 50% of teachers in urban schools leave the teaching field after five years. We see, however, that former Epiphany Fellows stick with education. Boston is home for many of them, and they are invested in this community succeeding! We have already trained over 20 young people who are now working as teachers in urban settings, 13 of whom received their Master’s degrees while serving at Epiphany. They go on to careers in urban schools, leading think tanks, and in important public initiatives at the state and federal government. A few have even stayed on to become some of Epiphany’s strongest teachers. We are proud of the role we play in meeting this crucial community and national need.