Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that offers an unmatched opportunity to those who aspire to make a difference in the city of Memphis through the classroom. Focusing on specific schools and neighborhoods where the education gap is greatest, their programs work to eliminate the injustice of education inequality.
Being a part of MTR is much more than just a program, it’s a community where strong relationships are built and professional connections are developed. Residents and interns will find unity within the diversity of people that come from all over the country and have the same goal and mindset.
The organization offers a teacher residency program and two summer camp opportunities.
Teacher Residency Program
College graduates (both education and non-education majors) from all over the country have moved to Memphis to complete this incredible program. MTR focuses on preparing residents for the unique challenges and opportunities that face teachers in urban education. Participants complete Union University’s Masters in Urban Education program (33 hours) with other like-minded individuals and are prepared to enter the classroom. MTR pairs each resident with a mentor teacher, and the residents work in the mentors’ classrooms for a year, receiving further coaching and experience. Residents are also provided housing, tuition, and a living stipend, in return for a 1 year residency and 3 year commitment to Memphis schools.
This summer academic camp serves elementary students in MTR partner neighborhoods and was created to address systemic summer academic losses. The camp makes learning fun for students by combining math, reading, extracurriculars, field trips, and more.
MTR hires approximately 22 college interns for 4 weeks to run this educational academic camp. Interns receive a living stipend, housing, meals, community, experience, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Memphis children.
Marjorie Lee Browne STEM Discovery Education Fellowship
Each summer, rising 7th graders join college students to discover STEM fields and to significantly grow their understanding in Mathematics (the foundation of a STEM career) during MTR’s STEM camp. The camp lasts for 3 weeks and strives to launch students on a path where they can have access and success in a STEM career.
The Marjorie Lee Browne STEM Education Fellowship is a four-week undergraduate internship program and partnership between Memphis Teacher Residency, Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics, and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. The Fellowship seeks to hire underclassmen persons of color currently enrolled in college and with an interest in STEM education. Housing, stipends for living and meals, a fellowship award, and tuition assistance are available.