Relay Resident (24-25)

  • Full-time
  • Start Date: Next year opening
  • Department: Teaching Fellow

Company Description

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare 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.

Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.

KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.

Job Description

The KIPP Texas Relay Residency is a prestigious, rigorous, paid two-year program designed for new teachers to gain first hand teaching experience and to obtain their Master of Arts in Teaching degree and Texas Teaching Certification in partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education. Please note, any offers for the Relay Resident role are contingent on applicant’s acceptance and active enrollment into Relay GSE. Please read this job description carefully and reach out to D’Essence Grant, Manager of Pipeline Programs at KIPP Texas, for additional information.

In this two-year program, starting in the summer of 2024, residents will spend their first year of the Residency learning from graduate school professors and pre-selected mentor teachers at KIPP Texas. As the year continues, residents gradually increase their teaching responsibilities before moving into a lead teaching role in the second year of the program. Residents must pass their final assessment to be considered for a lead-teacher position the following year.

During both years of the residency, residents receive professional development and coaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education and KIPP Texas. At the successful conclusion of the two-year residency, residents will have earned their Master of Arts in Teaching and their Texas Teaching Certification. 

Residents receive a salary and full benefits both years, in addition to tuition contributions during the first year of the program. Residents are placed in all KIPP Texas schools in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in core content area classrooms (i.e. English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Elementary self-contained classrooms. We are unable to place Residents in Fine Arts, Physical Education, or other electives classes). Residents are paid $40,000 in their first year of the program and are then paid a starting teacher's salary (based on the regional salary scale) in their second year when they become a lead teacher. Please note, there are out-of-pocket costs for this program. Residents will pay out-of-pocket for tuition and fees for the two-year certification and Master's program directly to Relay’s Graduate School of Education, although most are able to supplement out-of-pocket costs with grants and/or financial aid. 

For more information regarding Relay GSE Financial Aid, please visit


The Relay Resident will:

1.    Participate in Professional Development & Relay Coursework

  1. Attend a summer term before the first year and between the first and second year of the program in addition to four weeknight classes a month
  2. Complete 10-20 hours of Relay online coursework monthly
  3. Participate in three-hour weekly Deliberate Practice session with other Residents (during the work day) 
  4. Attend all school and regional level professional development (PD) sessions.
  5. Successfully complete Relay assessments and gateways

2.    Gradually increase teaching responsibilities throughout the first year

  1. In partnership with a pre-selected mentor teacher, develop and deliver academically rigorous lessons; create rubrics and assessments
  2. Begin teaching the first few minutes of the mentor teacher’s class in September, and gradually increase teaching responsibilities throughout the year until the Resident is teaching the full class period every day.
  3. Participate in other teaching and staff  responsibilities, which can include, but are not limited to: small-group interventions; assisting during independent practice; assisting mentor teacher in lesson planning, preparing lessons, and grading; and supervise at lunch, arrival, and dismissal.
  4. Offer/receive constructive feedback in order to create a professional atmosphere that is conducive to continuous development from KIPP Texas and Relay GSE
  5. Help shape and develop a school-wide atmosphere that best suits the needs of our students, teachers, and families

3.    Serve as a Lead Teacher in the second year of the program

          A.    Perform all duties listed in the job description for a lead teacher, which includes but is not limited to lesson planning, teaching a full load of classes, creating a behavior management system for the classroom, and fulfilling other supervisory and staff duties as assigned.


Education and Knowledge

  • Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a preferred GPA between 2.5 - 4.0 by July 2022.
    • If undergraduate GPA is below 2.50, applicants must have earned a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.00 or higher to be eligible for the residency program.
    • For primary and middle school placement, a combination of 12 credit hours in the areas of Math, Science, English and Social Studies
    • For high school placement, a total of 12-15 credit hours in the subject area (Math, Science, English or Social Studies)
    • Official transcripts required for admission into Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Applicants recommended to not have more than a year of lead teaching experience or be a teacher of record


  • Unwavering commitment to KIPP Texas's mission, students, families, and community
  • Strong desire to teach an academically intense curriculum and commit to an extended school day, week, and year
  • Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher and professional; offer and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Texas students

Additional Information


As a full time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas’ benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices, including medical, dental, and vision options, as well as life insurance, fertility, and disability plans starting as low as $25/month.

 KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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