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Teachers Helping Teachers: The Teach901 Ambassador Program

If you haven’t heard of Teach901, it’s a collaborative effort to place talented people in Memphis teaching jobs. From sharing success stories from within the classroom to providing professional development opportunities—and hosting events that build community and show appreciation—Teach901 was built for teachers.

However, there are a plethora of challenges that accompany a career in education.  Teachers all around the world, especially in Memphis, are tired, overworked, and burnt out. 

In order to continue, they have to recognize teaching as their calling and wake up daily ready to support every aspect of their students. 

Above all else, they need an incredible, active support system. We at Teach901 want to better understand the challenges they face to support and uplift them properly. 

But what better way to make the teachers of Memphis feel seen, heard, and valued than recruiting a team that knows EXACTLY what they need?

Now introducing the brand new campaign by Teach901– The Teach901 Ambassador Program!

A black and yellow logo with the words Teach901 ambassador.

We’ve asked 5 passionate, creative, and innovative Memphis teachers to join the program and help us improve Teach901. In the meantime, we will support and encourage them, all while building a community that hopefully motivates a city filled with educators. 

This program is an opportunity for these teachers to bond over common struggles, shared passions, and allow the Teach901 team to love on them like they deserve.

Introducing The Teach901 Ambassador class of '22

and why they teach

Derrick Love

Art Director

Grizzlies Prep

“My role is to provide a safe space for students to create. Giving them an opportunity to get their ideas out in a productive way is important.” 

“I enjoy the authenticity of the students. They are going to keep it real at all times. It’s also dope to know that we are doing our part to mold the future leaders of the city.”

Breunna Lovett

Lead Kingergarten Teacher

Memphis School of Excellence–Mendenhall

“I don’t think I chose teaching. My passion for passing on knowledge gave me the opportunity to work in education. Wanting to work around children grew on me day by day at my first teaching internship. Having the privilege to obtain a free master’s degree in education was a plus! So honestly, teaching chose me.”

Tatyana Crowder

3rd Grade

William H. Brewster Elementary

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” 

-Rita Pierson

Ann Clarke Craven

2nd Grade

Wells Station

“Every child in this city deserves equal opportunities and access to an equitable education. They deserve to know that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up, and have teachers who who believe in them.

These children are the future of our city and I can’t think of anything more important than investing in them.” 

Terence Allen

Pre-AP World History & Geography | African American History

East High School

“I teach because I believe every student has value and should be pursued, loved, and pushed through education. With teaching, I want to help students find their purpose, love others, respect themselves, and make a difference in the world.” 

A group of children are sitting at a table with crayons, participating in Teach901.
Ambassador Ann Clarke uses Teach901 coloring sheets in her classroom

These Memphis teachers encompass the Memphis mindset, a combination of passion and hustle.

This school year, they are opening the doors to their classrooms and giving us an insight into what it means to teach in Memphis. While we find ways to support them, and all teachers, along the way. 

We are extremely thankful for each of these teachers dedication to education, and that they have chosen to root themselves here in Memphis. 

If you’d like to learn more about Teach901 and how we are building a network of passionate teachers, click here

If you’d like to join the Teach901 community, click here

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