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About the Principal in Residence Program:

IDEA’s exemplary Principal In Residence (PIR) Program experience is a key preparatory step toward becoming an IDEA Principal. The residency is a full-time, competitive salaried, intensive learning opportunity that allows participants to develop the most critical principal knowledge, skills, and mindsets from our organization’s most successful school leaders. As a PIR you will be a fundamental part of the school’s leadership team and assume significant, on-campus management responsibilities.

IDEA’s PIR Program is unique in that it offers unparalleled coaching, mentorship, and professional development. Fellows receive world class leadership coaching from their mentor Principal, IDEA's Director of Leader Development, and their fellow PIR cohort.

Successful applicants to the PIR program typically possess:

  • Evidence of significant and consistent personal and professional achievement
  • 3+ year(s) of experience as a formal teacher-of-record in the classroom
  • 1+ year(s) as a campus-level instructional leader, including but limited to roles such as assistant principal, dean of instruction, instructional coach, principal, etc.
  • A desire to eventually become an IDEA principalA growth-based mindset, and a desire to receive and implement feedback 

Please follow this link to read even more about the PIR program.

IDEA is currently recruiting PIRs for the upcoming school year in both our existing regions and our new regions launching in 2018 and beyond. 

  • For questions specific to PIR opportunities in our Greater Houston Area, Lower Valley, San Antonio, or Southern Louisiana (Baton Rouge and/or New Orleans) region, please contact Alexis Adams at
  • For questions specific to PIR opportunities in our El Paso, Austin, Upper Valley or Tarrant County (Ft. Worth/Dallas area) regions, please contact Monica Martinez Maher at

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.