2020-21 Campaign Partner


About Us

The Teach Western Mass Residency is a one-year, accelerated training and licensure program—approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education—that gives aspiring teachers without prior education coursework or experience from all backgrounds the chance to lead a classroom while receiving significant support toward earning Massachusetts certification.

Credentialing program trains new teachers to be effective, empowered classroom educators able to build strong relationships in their school communities and implement standards-based and culturally-relevant curriculum for students in the region’s highest-need subject areas.



Mission & Vision

Here in Western Massachusetts, we’ve been working hard to improve our schools—but we need to do even more to ensure that all our students get the world-class education they deserve. Though Massachusetts leads the nation in overall student performance, too many students are not getting the level of education they’re entitled to. Teach Western Mass is bolstering the efforts of our hard-working educators by attracting more colleagues who are committed to becoming partners in change.

Our vision is that every classroom has an effective educator so that all students in Western Massachusetts have access to a vibrant education that will prepare them for college and career.


Our Culture, Diversity & Equity

Diversity statement:
Teach Western Mass is one of 14 organizations in the cohort. Each cohort member is committed to enhancing the recruitment, development and retention of underrepresented teachers, (including Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American/Alaskan Native teachers). In addition to financial support, NewSchools will provide management assistance and create a community of practice for the cohort members.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of 14 innovative initiatives increasing teacher diversity in classrooms across the country,” said Pema Latshang, founding executive director. “We believe that teachers who reflect our students’ experience and identity can help them to attain educational success. Our students are some of the most diverse in Massachusetts and this new investment is a perfect match for the incredible diversity in Holyoke and Springfield schools.”

Equity statement:
Teach Western Mass is an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to include people of color and other underrepresented populations in the education and nonprofit workforce on our board of directors.


Our Recruitment

We are looking for teachers dedicated to bringing an excellent education to every classroom in our region. Beyond the professional fulfillment you’ll find in improving educational outcomes for high-needs students, our teachers enjoy living in an affordable, culturally-rich community surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pioneer Valley.

Teacher Salaries and Benefits

The average Teach Western Mass salary ranges from approximately $59,793 per year for Curriculum Manager to $99,875 per year for Deputy Director.

Teach Western Mass believes in the power of exceptional talent to improve academic outcomes for all our students. We work hard to compensate our teachers at a competitive level and provide a range of benefits that elevate the teaching profession.


Equal Opportunity Employer

We believe……

Teach Western Mass is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and encourage all to apply.

1000 State Street Springfield, Massachusetts 01109


Phone:1 413-225-1054