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Memphis Teacher Residency


Classification: Nonprofit
Type of Organization: Unique Ministry
Legal Name: Memphis Teacher Residency
Established: 2009

Organizational Principles

Purpose & Mission Statement:

As a response to the gospel mandate to love our neighbors as ourselves, MTR will partner to provide students in Memphis neighborhoods with the same or better quality of education as is available to any student in Memphis by recruiting, training and supporting effective teachers within a Christian context.

Denomination(s): Interdenominational

Additional Information:

Applicants must have a Bachelors degree from a 4 year college

Unique Services & Resources

Provided Services & Resources:

Original Ministry

Original Ministry:


Urban Education is the Greatest Social Justice and Civil Rights Issue in America Today. Today, educational inequality exists along economic and racial lines. Too many children are condemned to substandard educational opportunities based solely on their zip code. The Memphis Teacher Residency believes this is unjust and unfair. We employ a model of training that emphasizes the spiritual, social and instructional needs of teachers that we call Christian Community Education. We invite you to explore our model and to join us in Memphis as we promote Christian love expressed in equal education. Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) is a faith-based, non-profit organization founded in 2008 to recruit, train, and support effective teachers in a Christian context. MTR accomplishes this goal through two programs: a teacher residency training program and a summer academic enrichment camp. Residents are college graduates invited to train with a mentor, receive coaching, and participate in Master of Urban Education coursework through Union University. In addition, residents receive housing and a living stipend. During the residency year, participants earn their master’s degree and teach for a full academic year in a mentor’s classroom. While some residents do have undergraduate teacher training prior to the residency, others do not and become a certified teacher at the end of the residency year. Graduating the program, residents agree to teach in Memphis high needs schools for three additional years.

Resource Availability: Individuals
Location(s): Local (City/State)
Active Cities: Memphis, TN
Cost for Resources/Services: No
Open to expanding to new locations: N/A
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A