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Project Inspire

Project Inspire

  An urban teacher residency committed to training and supporting   

  effective math and science teachers for Hamilton County’s high-need schools


We believe that all students deserve a mind-blowing math or science teacher, regardless of their zip code.

Be part of an intensive teacher preparation program designed specifically for, and in partnership with, Hamilton County Schools.


 All You Need is a Calling

  • We’re looking for college graduates who are smart, motivated, determined -- and feel called to teach.  Didn’t major in education? No problem. Project Inspire residents come from a variety of backgrounds but have a passion for teaching, for learning, and for making an impact in high-need schools.

  • An innovative teacher residency, Project Inspire combines a master’s degree with a year of classroom experience, one-on-one mentorship, and unwavering support. In just 14 months, you’ll have the teaching license and confidence to embark on your teaching career in Chattanooga. Join Project Inspire and change your world.



Why a Residency Program with Project Inspire?


  • Earn your Master’s of Arts in Teaching plus a teaching license in 14 months, with tuition covered by the program.

  • Experience a full year apprenticeship with an excellent teacher in an urban classroom.

  • Earn a living stipend throughout the residency year.

  • Collaboration & Community: Residents learn with each other and from each other.

  • Take classes from Hamilton County instructors that are tailored to teaching in Hamilton County.

  • Receive ongoing coaching, mentoring, and professional development from Project Inspire and PEF staff.




About the Teacher Resident Position:


Project Inspire teacher residents are trained through a blend of graduate courses (over 14 months lasting from June 2018 to July 2019) and a year-long embedded apprenticeship in a carefully selected host school.  While serving in the classroom, teacher residents assume more responsibility for the classroom as the year goes on, all while receiving focused coaching and co-teaching support from the mentor teacher.




To what will Project Inspire Residents Commit?


  • 14 months of full-time enrollment in the program, including fourteen months of graduate courses. Classes are held on the ground at Lee and in Chattanooga.

  • A ‘18-’19 academic year apprenticeship with a clinical instructor (mentor teacher) in a carefully selected host school.

  • 4 years of teaching in a high-need Hamilton County school after the residency program is complete



Find out more and review the application checklist at


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           Public Education Foundation Link         Tennessee Tech University Link     Hamilton County Department of Education Link           AmeriCorps Link             National Science Foundation Link          National Center for Teacher Residencies Link                                                                                                                                  



Now Recruiting for Cohort 8, Start Date June 2018


  • Applications Open: Fall 2017

  • Application Deadline & Cohort Announced: Winter 2018

  • Orientation: June 2018


Interested in becoming a teacher through Project Inspire? We are recruiting for the following license pathways:

  • Secondary Mathematics (6-12)

  • Secondary Science (6-12)

  • Elementary Grades (with a focus on early literacy)


Project Inspire intentionally recruits individuals with diverse backgrounds, including first-generation college students and minority candidates. To learn more about the application process, visit or contact Castwell Fider, Talent & Communications Coordinator;


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