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This innovative teacher preparation initiative uses a residency approach to empower adults with a passion for equity and social justice to join the education profession as highly effective teachers.

All students deserve the best teachers

Our mission is to transform and elevate the teaching profession by seeking diverse, passionate, and talented individuals who want to make an impact on historically underserved students in the Chattanooga community. 


Now in our 14th cohort, Project Inspire prepares residents to be ready from day one. In an apprenticeship under a mentor teacher, residents earn a teaching license, Master's degree, and stipend, with coaching and support along the way.


Project Inspire alumni are teaching in Hamilton County Schools


Principals say PI graduates positively impact school culture


Eligible residents continue teaching in HCS, with 4+ years of experience

Project Inspire residents and graduates are making an impact in Hamilton County Schools.

HCS Teachers of the Year 3 years in a row:


Two of three HCS Inaugural Novice Teachers of the Year:

  • Kelsie Anderson, Cohort 10, awarded the 2023-2024 Middle School Teacher of the Year.

  • Kari Mays, Cohort 11, awarded the 2023-2024 High School Teacher of the Year.

According to the research-based Tripod Survey, 82.4% of Project Inspire residents exceed the national median for student engagement, which leads to academic outcomes.

The Project Inspire Impact

Hear about the Project Inspire experience from the words and work of our alumni.

Want to learn more details about Project Inspire? Visit the website for the application and more information about program specifics.

Want to support Project Inspire? There are many ways! Get involved by:

  • Providing funding for the residents and program

  • Referring fantastic candidates and Clinical Instructors

  • Volunteering for future Selection Days to evaluate candidates

  • Connecting us with resources to lower or remove barriers such as housing, childcare, transportation, and Praxis requirements

  • Supporting candidates as they transition to Chattanooga and the teaching profession

  • Advocating for Project Inspire and the residency model as an effective pathway to train quality teachers

Want to learn more about Project Inspire? Check out our one-pager.

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