I want nothing more than to play a role in helping mold, shape, and educate the future citizens of our great state.
The Arkansas Teacher Corps partners with school districts to recruit, train, license, and support committed Arkansans as empowered teachers facilitating excellent, equitable education every day.
Arkansas schools will have the capacity to empower teachers and students as rigorous learners, resilient individuals, and responsive leaders.
The Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC) is a partnership between the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Education, and Arkansas public school districts to recruit, train, license, and support Arkansans as empowered teachers facilitating excellent, equitable education every day.
Arkansas Teacher Corps aims to:
- Recruit passionate, committed individuals from diverse backgrounds and all majors to teach a critical shortage content area for three years in an ATC partner school
- Train, develop, and support Fellows as rigorous, data-literate, and culturally responsive classroom teachers
- Partner with schools and communities to provide a grow-your-own pathway to teacher licensure for non-certified school staff and dedicated community members
- Support students in realizing significant academic and social-emotional growth
Funding for the program has been made available by the U of A College of Education and Health Professions, the Walton Family Foundation, ADE, and individual donors through the Arkansas Teacher Corps Society.
The ATC Family IS a family. I believe our relationships will endure and that we will make a difference in education in Arkansas.
Mary Guthrie, 2018 ATC Fellow
If it wasn’t for Mr. Hamilton encouraging me to keep pushing through the hard times I probably would have dropped out of school. He is my all-time favorite teacher.
Student of Wyatt Hamilton, 2014 ATC Fellow
ATC teachers come to my school better prepared than any other first-year teachers I have hired.
Bill Hoglund, Principal, Hope HS
I feel so thankful for these people and the community here. How did you choose such amazing people who we can all embrace, but who are different enough to bring diverse viewpoints? This is the first time I’ve felt I’m able to be authentic and still be accepted. Thank you for that.
Jamie Powell, 2018 ATC Fellow
I always considered myself a very compassionate, patient, and loving person. And then going into this and figuring out I have a lot to learn in all of those areas; I can’t tell you how much I’ve grown as a person because of my experience in the Delta.
Jordan Humphreys, 2013 ATC Fellow
My relationship with my teacher is like a coach would be for their team: she pushes me forward so that I can always do my very best.
Student of an ATC Fellow
I feel so proud to be a member of ATC! I can see that the changes happening in our organization are positive changes that are helping ATC grow in its effectiveness in helping Fellows be more effective teachers for our students. Our staff have really shown great vision in planning PD to be as helpful as possible.
Mary Fox, 2015 ATC Fellow
This community is EVERYTHING! The love and support I’ve received here make me feel like I can face any challenge the fall may have and be able to successfully overcome them with the help of my ATC Family!