Memphis Teacher Residency

About Memphis Teacher Residency

Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) recruits, trains, and supports effective teachers in a Christian context. MTR believes education inequity is one of the greatest social justice and civil rights issues of today and offers 3 ways to get involved in the work of Equal Education: 1 job for college seniors and alumni and 2 paid summer internships for current college students.

Residency: For college graduates, we offer a 1-year residency program where residents teach with a mentor teacher (Mon-Ths), receive weekly coaching, and participate in Masters of Arts in Teaching coursework through Christian Brothers University (Fri-Sat, 100% paid for by MTR). After the residency year, 3 years of teaching in an under-resourced partner neighborhood in Memphis are required. Coaching and additional support services are continued throughout the next 3 years. Learn more about the teacher residency at

MTR Camp: For college students returning to school in the fall, MTR Camp is a 4-week paid internship to get a taste for working towards equal education with elementary-aged students in Memphis. Learn more at

Marjorie Lee Browne STEM Fellowship: For college students of color with a STEM major or minor who will be returning to school in the fall, the Marjorie Lee Browne STEM Fellowship involves serving as a paid counselor and TA at a STEM Discovery camp for rising 7th graders in Memphis, TN for 4 weeks. Learn more at

History: MTR has been training teacher residents to serve students in under-resourced neighborhoods of Memphis, TN since 2009. Learn more about our program results at

Christian Love Expressed in Equal Education
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.

Restored Communities Living with Dignity and in Peace
The vision of MTR is to use our specific work within education, in partnership with other holistic organizations, to help restore communities so that all individuals can become empowered contributors to our city and people of all races and classes can engage with one another in peace.


Resident Teacher

June 2019 - May 2020 Memphis, TN
“MTR is a top-notch teacher prep program. Just check out the results: With high teacher burnout as a reality in urban education, MTR equips its teachers to have excellent methods and supports inside and outside the classroom, which will help them face the inevitable difficulties of teaching. Most importantly, though, MTR seeks to restore dignity to communities by expressing Christian love through equal education. As MTR sends out more teachers each year into Memphis schools, more students are receiving excellent, dignifying education. Now is the time. Memphis is the place.”

Resident Teacher

May 2019 - May 2020 Memphis, TN
“All students deserve a quality education. This organization seeks to make that a reality in Memphis, a city where many kids are not getting the educational opportunities that they deserve. MTR is based in the idea that all students have inherent dignity, and so deserve the time, resources, and effort it takes to give dignify them through education. They train and support people to be effective teachers in the classroom through Masters classes, feedback on your teaching from the classroom, a mentor to train you, a coach to support you, and a cohort of other teachers for a community. The support offered through this program is unparalleled. It's not only the ideals or theories of what teaching should look like, but they get down into the practicals of what the responsive, student-centered classroom can look like and feel like. I can't imagine going into the classroom without having had this year of training and the ongoing support I will receive for the next 3 years! A vision-led organization. Single-minded (dignifying students through equitable education). Also, the community I gained from this organization is so large and so intimate. ”
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