Our corps members earn Texas teacher certification after one year through The Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program (TOPP). TOPP is a State Board of Educator Certification-approved alternative route to teacher certification coordinated by Education Service Center, Region 20. Certification is given after corps members complete the following:
There are no formal partnerships within our region at this time.
In the mid-1800s, San Antonio’s King William District, a part of Southtown, was a largely immigrant German community. Later it became a fashionable neighborhood of stately homes and shade trees, and still later experienced a decline. Today's King William District is often described in contradictions: old and new, traditional and hip. What was once an elegant 19th century neighborhood left to decay has been revitalized with new art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Corps members living in the King William District often share historic single family houses or apartments in one of the nearby complexes.
SA2020 is a community-wide initiative aimed at transforming San Antonio into one of America’s most exceptional cities by 2020. The initiative's education goal is to orchestrate one of the greatest turnarounds in education in the United States. And Teach For America - San Antonio is proud to be collaborating with other community organizations to achieve that.
Through one of our SA2020 partners, Cafe College, corps members connect their students with staff who can help them navigate college applications, student loan requests, and other forms. Corps members also help out at Cafe College events by providing Spanish translation.
Corps members teaching middle and high school are also avid users of our SA2020 partner GenTX, which also provides college guidance. Through SA2020, Teach For America has partnered with The University of Texas - San Antonio to allow a cohort of corps members to obtain their master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies.