Teaching Fellows Step to the Head of the Class


One key to Breakthrough New York’s success is our unique “students-teaching-students” model. This time of year, that means bringing many of the nation’s brightest college students into our classrooms, to serve as BTNY Teaching Fellows, instructing and inspiring our middle school students during our six-week summer program.

When our 2017 program begins on July 3rd a cohort of 72 Teaching Fellows will step to the head of the class to help our rising seventh, eighth, and ninth graders bolster their writing, literature, math, and science skills. They will also serve as role models for our students, most of whom have little or no exposure to college students and graduates at home.

This year’s Teaching Fellows were selected from a group of over 400 applicants, based on academic accomplishment, leadership experience, and ability to learn teaching techniques as demonstrated during the interview process. More than half of this year’s Teaching Fellows are African American, Latino, or Asian, and 21 are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) majors. We have eight returning Teaching Fellows and two Teaching Fellows who are current BTNY students

Earlier in June, our Teaching Fellows underwent three weeks of intensive training, including mock teaching sessions. During the summer, they will be serving at our Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Bronx sites, where they will each teach one academic class and one elective class, such as basketball, soccer, choir, drama, or karate. Additionally, they will participate in weekly special events with students, including Diversity Day, Spirit Olympics, and Career Day on July 27, which will include all grade levels this year. Instructional coaches support the Teaching Fellows with content and lesson planning, and feedback, throughout the summer.

An impressive 90% of the program’s past summer instructors have gone on to pursue careers in education, with many citing their experience at BTNY as their inspiration. It’s no wonder that our Teaching Fellows program is consistently named a Princeton Review Top Ten internship!

This year’s Teaching Fellows hail from prestigious colleges across the country:


Amherst College                       Mills College                                          Spelman College 

Boston College                         Minerva Schools at KGI                         St John's University

Bowdoin College                      Montclair State University                      St. Gregory's University

Brandeis University                  Mount Holyoke College                          SUNY at Binghamton

Brown University                      Muhlenberg College                               University at Buffalo

Colby College                           New York University                               The University of Chicago

Colgate University                    Oakwood University                               University of Michigan

Columbia University                 Oberlin College                                       University of Missouri

Cornell University                     Occidental College                                 University of New Hampshire

CUNY Hunter College              The Ohio State University                      University of North Carolina

Dickinson College                     Oregon State University                        University of North Texas

Elmhurst College                       Pace University                                      University of Pittsburgh

Elon University                          Pomona College                                     University of Southern

Emory University                       Princeton University                               University of Texas

Fordham University                   Scripps College                                      Vanderbilt University

Haverford College                     Sewanee-The University of the South  Wesleyan University

Howard University                     Skidmore College                                   Wheaton College

Marist College                            Smith College

Michigan State University