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Life at TNTP
Our people are everything to us. We cherish them. We push them to new heights.
We're personally invested.
94 percent of staff say they are confident in TNTP’s direction and are proud to work here.
We’re insatiably curious.
As one person put it, “Working at TNTP is like going to grad school, except you get paid.”
We're always growing.
Leadership Lab, our signature staff development workshop, is known for thoughtful discussion and good company.
We’re virtual, but close.
In home and district offices, we stay connected with IM, regular face time and virtual book clubs.
We bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the work, but we’re united by a passion for great teaching and a culture that’s all our own.
Our people are the secret to our success. We care where you want to go and will help you get there.
VP, Community Engagement
Where I work: A home office in Houston, TX.
Day-to-day: I oversee TNTP’s strategy to support districts in dramatically transforming their approach to community engagement in order to create real and lasting changes in education.
Before TNTP: I served as the Tennessee Executive Director for Stand for Children.
What caring means to me:
TNTPers are as passionate about ensuring our staff to succeed, both personally and professionally, as they are about ensuring every child succeeds.
When I assess my team's development areas, I think about the work they're doing now, the work they want to do, and the skills they need to get there. I also ask all of my staff to share a personal goal with me so I can check in with them about it. Whether it’s a health goal, a public speaking goal, or a work-life balance goal, I ask them about it every week and it shows that I care about them.
When we show each other that we care, we are better employees, better to our clients, better to everyone, and better to ourselves.
We speak authentically, listen carefully, and cherish our colleagues’ unique strengths.
I work from: A district office in Philadelphia, PA
Day-to-day: I help prepare principals to lead in challenging schools
Before TNTP: I was a principal
What being inclusive means to me:
It’s a given that we all take different approaches to our work, but as an organization, we recognize that inclusivity doesn’t just happen. We have to acknowledge our differences and be intentional about supporting them.
I told my team I needed time to think and ask questions to be successful, and they were willing to create the space to help me do my best thinking. Now when someone on our team wants meaningful input during a discussion, they send questions in advance. I’m able to fully contribute to our goals and my work is stronger because of it.
The best thing is, the school principals I work with—and their students—will reap those benefits, too.
Change is a part of life at TNTP, and our ability to evolve brings us closer to our mission.
I work from: A home office in Woodbine, IA
Day-to-day: I help manage our work training career and technical teachers in Tennessee
Before TNTP: I taught high school biology and chemistry
What being adaptable means to me:
We’re constantly pushing ourselves to get results for kids, even if it means shaking the foundation of our work, like when we rebuilt our teacher training approach from the ground up in 2012. It was a huge undertaking, but we became the first teacher prep program to certify only the strongest new teachers.
That fearlessness carries over into every area of our work. For instance, in Tennessee, I help the state department of education prepare professionals with deep technical skills—in fields like nursing, welding and construction—to teach career-focused coursework. When we first kicked off the one-week training, we asked the new teachers to role play using typical classroom management scenarios. But they told us it wasn’t working. They didn’t understand how it applied to their work.
These teachers needed training specifically adapted to the situations they’d face as technical educators. So we rapidly revised the scenarios to make them specific to their alternate classroom settings, like automotive shops and culinary arts labs. Our goal was to get these passionate educators ready to teach, no matter how we got there.
We don’t let setbacks derail us or the fear of failure deter us; instead, we learn quickly from our mistakes and show uncommon progress with each new effort.
I work from: A home office in D.C.
Day-to-day: I help set our strategy to develop innovative, new approaches to designing schools that better support how students learn
Before TNTP: I taught middle school English
What being persistent means to me:
When we recently challenged ourselves to “design the school of tomorrow,” to learn more about how schools can innovate to help kids succeed, staff jumped at the opportunity. This was a bold, exciting challenge, different than anything we’d ever done before—and we quickly realized that also meant it would be incredibly hard to figure out.
We wanted everyone to feel like they could contribute, but some staff members found our guidance to be too specific, while others felt it was too vague. In our quest to be innovative, it was easy to get hung up on the idea of perfection and lose sight of the true goal, which was to come up with creative ideas that would help us bring schools into the 21st century. Halfway through, we knew we needed to get back on track, so we held an in-person meeting to gather honest feedback from participants.
We reminded ourselves why we took on the challenge: to learn how to design schools capable of helping all kids learn. So we rallied around our common goal, reorganized our teams for fresh energy, and got back to work. By the end of the challenge, some staff said it was their favorite thing they’ve ever done at TNTP. Best of all, we came away with some promising ideas that we’re actively exploring through our school design work with clients, like figuring out how to implement a program that regularly lets teachers and students complete community projects throughout the school year.
Sometimes being courageous means telling it like it is. Sometimes it means admitting we were wrong. Almost always, it means putting ourselves out there.
I work from: A home office in Ames, IA
Day-to-day: I help support our work to design, implement and scale effective teacher evaluation systems
Before TNTP: I was a researcher and taught high school math
What being courageous means to me:
Educational inequality is so tied up in race and poverty that it would be impossible for us not to address the impact of these issues, which we frequently do on our blog. The communities we serve need to know that we recognize their experiences and are bold enough to speak out about them.
As an organization, we’ve also opened up a space for staff to share their personal and professional perspectives on these topics, whether it’s during team meetings or through our internal wiki. These are incredibly difficult conversations to have, let alone in a work environment. But I’ve learned that TNTP is a safe place to take risks, and that earnest attempts to understand each other will always be welcomed.
As a member of TNTP’s Diversity Leadership Council, I help to actively seek out staff who can keep these conversations going, even if it’s just by saying, “This is my lived experience.” I also outline the goals for a series of staff-led discussions on race and poverty, which we’re using to push our understanding of how these matters influence our work with clients and each other. We know that the more formally and deeply we engage in this space, the stronger we’ll become as an organization.
We like to say and hear things straight. We know that doing our best work takes debate, empathy and the honest truth.
Help Desk Analyst
I work from: Our central office in Brooklyn
Day-to-day: I troubleshoot tech needs for TNTP’s staff
Before TNTP: I provided IT and software support for security and media companies
What being candid means to me:
Not long ago, we moved all of TNTP's technical support in-house. It was an exciting change, and staff loved being able to come directly to colleagues who understand and care about their work for all of their technology needs.
But making this shift also required us to expand the size of my team. As we grew, I could tell some people felt comfortable with the pace and distribution of our work, while others felt like they needed more support. The problem was, we weren’t having those conversations together.
If I were anywhere else, pointing out where I saw differences in my team members’ experiences would’ve been hard, and I wouldn’t have known where to start. But the first day I joined TNTP, my manager was clear that we value open and honest feedback, and I knew he was counting on me to be vocal about any opportunities for us to get better. So I shared my concerns and told him what I thought we could do to quickly get everyone on the same page again.
It turns out, that was as simple as spending time each week as a group discussing our individual projects and issues so we can give each other input and support. By supporting each other with quick, honest feedback, we’re able to better support TNTP.
Where We Work
Our people work all across the country—in school and district offices, from home, or out of our small headquarters in Brooklyn.
TNTP is a great place to work. But don't take our word for it.