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Founding Teacher Fellow: Tarrant County

Start Date: Summer 2018

Fellowship Location: San Antonio, Texas (after successful completion of the fellowship, fellows will be placed as founding staff in IDEA Tarrant County)

About the IDEA Founding Teacher Fellowship

The Founding Teacher Fellowship is an amazing opportunity for individuals with or without teaching experience who are looking to be game-changing educators with IDEA Public Schools in Greater Tarrant County. The one-year fellowship will take place on an award-winning IDEA campus in San Antonio and will prepare individuals to be successful founding teachers or teacher leaders in Tarrant County for the 2019-20 opening. Fellows will get to experience IDEA culture and values first-hand by owning the academic and personal success of IDEA students, planning for and implementing IDEA curriculum, receiving weekly coaching and feedback from IDEA leaders,  and attending monthly new region meetings to build community amongst the future founding teachers and leaders.

Founding Teacher Fellows with no teaching experience will gain hands-on teaching experience as co-teachers in IDEA classrooms under the mentorship of some of the most successful IDEA lead teachers. Founding Teacher Fellows with two or more years of lead teaching experience will teach in IDEA classrooms while also completing additional leadership programming that places individuals on a pathway to campus leadership. 


Under the guidance of an IDEA mentor teacher, Founding Teacher Fellows will:

  • Implement IDEA curricula and assessments to meet ambitious academic expectations 
  • Support with grading, lesson planning, preparation of class materials and classroom management
  • Track individual student’s progress and learning needs, adjust lesson plans accordingly and update grade book weekly
  • Communicate students’ progress with student and family on a weekly basis
  • Implement a clear and consistent behavior management system that aligns to campus- wide initiatives while developing  students’ character and sense of community in the classroom 
  • Help shape and develop a school-wide culture that fosters a productive and enthusiastic learning environment for each student
  • Host necessary tutoring sessions to meet all students’ needs
  • Participate in weekly professional development, grade-level meetings and activities, and school wide meetings and functions


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (preferred)
  • Experience working with children, preferably children from low-income backgrounds
  • Evidence of strong leadership with a proven track record of success in an academic or professional setting

Values and Mindsets:

  • Unwavering belief that a college education is possible for all children
  • Strong work ethic and drive to do whatever it takes to meet student achievement goals
  • Openness to observation and critical feedback with a desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as an educator
  • Comfort with extensive data collection used to inform instruction
  • Excitement about working for a school system that is changing the status quo of education in the United States


Founding Teacher Fellows will receive:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Paid Texas Teaching Certification 
  • Paid Master's Degree in Teaching
  • Full Health Benefits
  • Relocation Stipends


IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.