Relay Teaching Residency: Memphis

Relay Memphis Dean Michelle Armstrong observes a group of graduate students.

The Relay Teaching Residency is a groundbreaking teacher-preparation program that offers a unique and powerful pathway for aspiring teachers to begin a long-term career in the classroom.

Relay Memphis Dean Michelle Armstrong works one-on-one with a female graduate student

During the two-year program, residents experience a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession, complete a master’s degree, and become qualified for a full-time teaching position at a high-performing public school in Memphis.

In their first year, residents immerse themselves in their schools, working directly with students under the close supervision of a master Resident Advisor. Residents simultaneously enroll at Relay, where they take classes on core teaching techniques and content-specific instruction, then rehearse those techniques and receive expert feedback during weekly Deliberate Practice sessions. Successful first-year residents transition into lead teaching roles in the second year of the program, when they complete a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Relay.

Upon completion of the program, residents will have a portfolio of professional achievements, a toolkit of practical teaching strategies, and two years of full-time work experience in a supportive urban public school. Successful residents emerge from the program with a Tennessee Practitioner teaching license and Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Relay works closely with some of the strongest public schools, charter networks, and other educational organizations in the United States — to place residents in dynamic and supportive public schools in Memphis. We’re particularly interested in applicants who graduated from Memphis-area schools and want to return to teach.

Acknowledgement of Support

The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. All Teaching Residents will have the opportunity to serve as AmeriCorps members and will complete the AmeriCorps application process. For more information on AmeriCorps at Relay, please email

Two female graduate students laugh during a class session