2021-22 Teaching Fellow

  • Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Teaching Fellow
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 255 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. You can learn more at www.kipp.org.

KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville is part of the KIPP national network. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepares students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose – college, career, and beyond – so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

High quality teaching in our classrooms is not only about getting great academic results; it must also be about encouraging and equipping our students to use their voices to call out injustice and to build a more just world. We are more committed than ever to making sure ALL decisions that affect students at KIPP Jacksonville are filtered through a lens of equity and racial justice.

In the 2021-22 school year, the KIPP Jacksonville region will be comprised of four schools educating 2,000 students, kindergarten through ninth grade, in the North and Westsides of Jacksonville, Florida:

  • KIPP Impact Academy: 5th – 8th grade
  • KIPP VOICE Academy: Kindergarten – 6th grade
  • KIPP Bessie Coleman Academy: Kindergarten – 7th grade
  • KIPP Bold City High School (new, coming 2021-22) - 9th grade

For the 2021-22 school year, KIPP VOICE Academy will be located at 813 Golfair Blvd (32209). Our other three schools will operate at our main campus at 1440 McDuff Avenue N (32254).

To support these schools, we will employ over 200 full-time staff members. We seek educators and colleagues that represent our core values of high expectations, growth mindset, commitment to team, trust, joy, and sustainability. To learn more about what it is like to work and teach at KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville, please visit www.kippjax.org/teach. To see all openings, visit our Regional Job Board.


We seek to grow the number of outstanding educators in our schools through the Baker Teaching Fellowship program, named after KIPP Jacksonville’s founding board chairman, John D. Baker II.  The Fellowship provides focused development, support, and structure to individuals launching a career in urban public education. This program is ideal for those graduating from an education preparation program, an alternative certification program, or for those who have passed a relevant Florida subject area certification exam.  

Job Description


KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville seeks fellows in the 2020-21 school year. Under the direction of our fellowship manager and our school leaders, fellows are placed as co-teachers during their fellowship year. Fellows are considered certified co-teachers in our classrooms. 

Fellows are responsible for supporting a positive classroom environment, implementing our curriculum, assessing our students, collaborating with their grade level teams, content teams and fellows cohort, building relationships with families and other duties as assigned. Full Fellow responsibilities are ultimately outlined by their School Leader. 

The fellowship model allows fellows to co-teach in their fellowship year with a gradual release model. Fellows are first responsible for small group instruction, supporting transitions, and honing their management skills at the start of the school year and then take on additional responsibilities as the year progresses. Fellows are supported as both individuals and as a cohort through regular coaching and professional development sessions. 

The aim of the program is for a fellow to be promoted to a lead teacher position the following school year. Fellows can receive an offer the following school year to be a lead teacher in a single-teacher classroom in any grade level they are certified in where there is an identified opening OR in a co-teaching setting that would allow them to teach with a new teaching fellow. 

Teachers are assigned one grade level and are responsible for creating a positive classroom environment, implementing curriculum, assessing students, collaborating with their team, building relationships with families, and other duties as assigned. Full teacher responsibilities are ultimately outlined by their school leader.

For the 2021-22 school year, teachers at KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville (K-8) will work from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and may have occasional meetings or special school events outside of these hours. Student hours are typically 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Every Wednesday is a student early release day (1:30 p.m.), which allows teachers to participate in weekly professional development.


Fellows are placed strategically in one grade level and follow a gradual release model to have meaningful ‘at-bats’ at instructional practices, whole and small group instruction, and managing a classroom. At the elementary level, fellows are placed in primary grades with an experienced lead teacher. At the upper elementary/middle/high school level, fellows are placed in one grade (typically 5th, 6th, or 9th) with an experienced lead teacher. They lead portions of whole group instruction and small group instruction in specific content areas until they are able to lead at least one block daily. 

For example, a fellow placed in a first grade classroom would co-teach 26 students for both math and English Language Arts whereas a fellow in sixth grade might co-teach in a math classroom for three blocks and lead instruction for one block.

The initial grade level placement of a fellow does not have to dictate where their lead teacher offer can come from. Fellows have the ability to preference grade levels for future roles.

If a fellow has a preference for grade level during their fellowship year, they should make a note on their application that they are interested in either primary grades, middle school grades, or high school. If interested in working with the older cohorts of students, preferences for subject areas should also be listed. We do not guarantee grade level placements at the time of offers.


Our current compensation and benefits structure is very competitive and is commensurate with experience. 

  • Full-time salary during fellowship year is $42,500. Upon successful completion of the program and an offer of a first-year lead teacher position, the salary increases to $50,000.  
  • Free individual health benefits (including medical, dental, and vision)*** 
  • Free individual short-term and long-term disability insurance***
  • 403(b) retirement program with a company match***
  • To support teacher practice and their growth, all lead teachers receive individualized coaching and professional development.

***This offering is subject to change for the 2021-22 school year. Terms would be outlined in an offer letter, if issued. 



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Relevant Florida Teaching Certification or Eligibility for Certification in one of the following areas, depending on the content by June 2021 (certification received upon graduation is acceptable and should be listed on the job application)
    • For fellows in primary grade placements, Florida certification in Primary Grades Pre-K-Grade 3 OR Elementary Education K-6
    • For fellows in secondary placements in middle school, Florida certification in Elementary Education K-6 OR a Middle Grades 5-9 in a specific subject.
    • For fellows in secondary placements in high school, Florida certification in a specific subject grades 6-12 OR Middle Grades 5-9 in a specific subject. 
  • KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville believes that our staff will represent our core values—high expectations, a growth mindset, commitment to team, trust, joy, and sustainability. We search for established educators who embody them. 
  • Passing a background check, as required by law


  • Experience as an intern, substitute, tutor, teacher’s aide, paraprofessional or similar role in a Title I school setting
  • For fellows in primary and middle school placements, K-6 certification is highly preferred


All fellows are required to start the 2021-22 school year as certified teachers. Upon signing an offer, all fellows are required to provide proof of eligibility to teach in Florida (within a specific timeline outlined in the offer, depending on month of hire). For questions on how you can become eligible to teach, you can visit www.fldoe.org/edcert. Applicants should list all details about their certification status in the application, including a Florida statement of eligibility or an out-of-state teaching certificate.

Additional Information

Please complete an application and upload a resume via our job board. No applicants will be considered that submit resumes through other job postings.  Link here: https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/KIPP/jacksonville  


If you have questions about positions at KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville, please email Emma at [email protected] Please understand that resumes and/or cover letters are not accepted via email and you will be redirected to apply via the website.

KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment at our schools. KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin. 

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