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Old 04-26-2012, 11:47 AM
 
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I am considering the Memphis Teaching Fellows, and the FAQs talk about getting you budget in order because you won't receive $1500 stipend until END of 6-wk fellowship (which I understand, otherwise some won't stay).

I went online and took the social services (welfare) eligibility worksheet and since I don't have children in home, I might only be elig for Food Stamps. I am living on AZ unemployment $240 week, and hubby is in school.

I need suggestions on how others are "living" while trying to help these high needs kids?

(Personally, I think it's funny that I will be a teacher in high need

Any info helps.

(Food banks, community resources centers, etc.)

Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Babs

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Old 04-28-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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I don't really have any suggestions for you, other than to find a roomate or 2 while you're doing it. Since it's just for a few weeks, several of you could band together and share expenses.

Good luck doing Memphis Teaching Fellows. I applied and went through the first interview, but wasn't accepted.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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thanks for advice. I just had telephone interview today, and I don't think I WOWED the interviewer (even through she is not "part of memphis teaching fellow" ... just a student asst performing interviews from California... I'm not sure I will get the green light to proceed.

I'm a career changer, who already had the big paychecks, and just felt like "there has got to be more to life" ... so I want to give back to some high needs kids (as I was 1) Keeping fingers crossed.

Bklynbabs
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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I hope you do OK with Memphis Teaching Fellows. If you don't make the cut, though, you can still apply directly to the Memphis City Schools, and they have a program where you can teach while you are getting your teaching certificate. I think you have to pass the Praxis exam and be admitted to a teaching program. The info is on the Memphis City Schools website. I'm thinking about doing it next year.

The Memphis schools got a big grant last year or the year before from the Gates Foundation, so I think they're doing some creative things to get good teachers in.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:31 AM
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Teach for America provides living expenses to its students. Of course, you are likely too late to attend their training this year. It might make more sense for you to wait next year and go with them. If you're looking for a more to life experience, I'm not sure teaching in a disadvantaged school is what you're looking for. To say you may experience culture shock is an understatement.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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Default Not worried about culture shock

To BJH:

Thank you for your comments. I did try Teach for America, and I was declined (because I didn't enough extra activities in my life besides being a mom, wife, full-time employee, and getting my bachelors degree online at the same).

As for the culture shock: I was a teen mom from alcoholic parents, from a family of HS dropouts, 3rd generation welfare receipants... but had 1 teacher in my life in middle school who told me "you don't have to be a statistic... if YOU want to get out of this life YOU have to work at it, and make educating yourself important to you."

Now, I'm hoping to give to students who may not hear that message from anyone else in their life.

I did find Cambridge Place for $99 week w/ all utilities included, and 2 homeless shelters. I just need to get through 6 weeks of no pay as a teaching fellow.

Again, thank you for your concern. Fingers crossed everybody
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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Sorry you didn't get the position with Memphis Teaching Fellows, but like a previous poster said, applying directly to Memphis City Schools is still an option and is actually a better option anyway.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:29 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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To BJH:

Thank you for your comments. I did try Teach for America, and I was declined (because I didn't enough extra activities in my life besides being a mom, wife, full-time employee, and getting my bachelors degree online at the same).

As for the culture shock: I was a teen mom from alcoholic parents, from a family of HS dropouts, 3rd generation welfare receipants... but had 1 teacher in my life in middle school who told me "you don't have to be a statistic... if YOU want to get out of this life YOU have to work at it, and make educating yourself important to you."

Now, I'm hoping to give to students who may not hear that message from anyone else in their life.

I did find Cambridge Place for $99 week w/ all utilities included, and 2 homeless shelters. I just need to get through 6 weeks of no pay as a teaching fellow.

Again, thank you for your concern. Fingers crossed everybody
What a ridiculous reason for them to decline potential candidates!

I wish you all the best.
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