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How to Find a Coach
Becoming a teacher is a process that comes with a lot of questions. There’s no better way to get answers than to speak with a certified teacher. We'll show you how.
How to Find a Coach
Becoming a teacher is a process that comes with a lot of questions. There’s no better way to get answers than to speak with a certified teacher. We'll show you how.

TeachDFW no longer offers a 1-on-1 coaching service. If you’re looking for expert advice from a current teacher, read our tips below for testing out the classroom and finding a local teacher to talk to.

Interested in Houston-area schools and programs? Visit our sister site, TEACH for Houston, and sign up with a coach.

Advice, Tailored Just for You

If you’re thinking of becoming a teacher, you’ve got a lot to consider:

  • What is teaching like day to day?
  • How do I get certified to teach?
  • What subjects/grades can I get certified in? 
  • Which teacher preparation program is right for me?

Certified teachers have blazed their own trails to the classroom, and can help you determine the best path for you based on where you are now and where you want to be.

So take to Twitter, join a Facebook group, or volunteer at your local school. The best way to learn about teaching is to talk to teachers. 

Tips for Finding a Coach

Volunteer or Work in a Classroom

A great place to start is to check with your local school. Schools usually have plenty of volunteer roles where you can experience the school setting and talk to students and teachers. 

Consider tutoring, assisting a teacher in the classroom, or even working in an after school program.

Need some inspo? Check out our Try Teaching page for in-school opportunities.

Find Teachers Online

You can learn A LOT about teaching by following teachers on Twitter, Instagram and more. It's a great way to get into conversations with current educators and to learn about virtual events. Check with your local school districts and follow their accounts. You're sure to find teachers there!

You'll find clever and creative teachers on all social media platforms. Here's a couple of lists to get your started:

  • Where can I find a teacher mentor?

    Volunteer or Work in a Classroom

    A great place to start is to check with your local school. Schools usually have plenty of volunteer roles where you can experience the school setting and talk to students and teachers. 

    Consider tutoring, assisting a teacher in the classroom, or even working in an after school program.

    Need some inspo? Check out our Try Teaching page for in-school opportunities.

    Find Teachers Online

    You can learn A LOT about teaching by following teachers on Twitter, Instagram and more. It's a great way to get into conversations with current educators and to learn about virtual events. Check with your local school districts and follow their accounts. You're sure to find teachers there!

    You'll find clever and creative teachers on all social media platforms. Here's a couple of lists to get your started:

  • What questions should I ask?

    The beauty of developing a relationship with teachers is that you can ask questions really specific to your own situation and get advice that works for your unique path.

    Here are a few ideas:

    • What is your favorite thing about teaching and what is the most challenging?
    • What teacher prep program did you attend and what did you like about it?
    • Did you feel prepared for your first year? What do you wish someone had told you?
    • What should I look for in a teaching program?
    • Which tests do I need to take to get certified, and when should I take them?
    • What resources do you recommend—what books, articles, podcasts and websites do you recommend?

    It's a good thing to have questions. It's an even better thing to get them answered. Ask a teacher, and get advice straight from the source.

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Want to do your research before finding a mentor? We've got plenty of goods to help you out.

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