RootsLA is the first teacher training program of its kind—offering college juniors in Los Angeles the opportunity to train to become teachers and earn a job offer before heading off into senior year. 



  • Once accepted, you'll begin an intensive summer training program to learn the fundamentals of great teaching. Every day, expert educators will help you master critical teaching skills —skills you’ll practice in real classrooms, with real students.


  • Be paired up with a RootsLA experienced mentor teacher who will provide you with ample opportunity to practice, reflect, and improve, until essential teaching techniques and mindsets become second nature.


  • During your senior year, you will apply for and enroll in a regionally accredited program in the subject you will teach to earn your California University Intern Credential and be hired by a partner school. Fellows can choose to begin coursework towards their credential during their senior year. 



Henry teaches fifth and sixth grade math. He earned a dual degree in Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering, interned at NASA, and spent five years as a technology analyst at Accenture before joining our program in 2011. Inspired by his stint as a middle school math tutor, Henry shifted his career to the classroom to serve as a “role model and symbol of hope” for other young African-American students and to show all young students that they can excel in math and science.

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Our Training

Our training is radically simple: focused practice on key skills to get new teachers off to a strong start. READ MORE

Our Standards

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