[2024 - 2025] KIPP Durham STEM Master Teacher ($70k - $100k)

  • Full-time
  • Start Date: Next year opening
  • Department: Teacher

Company Description

Organizational Overview

KIPP NC is a network of eight high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools providing an academically rigorous and joyous school experience to more than 3,500 students in grades K-12 in Charlotte, Durham, Gaston, and Halifax. KIPP NC supports several thousand alumni on their journey to and through high school, college, and career.   

KIPP NC is building on a rich tradition of academic excellence and relentless fight for social justice present from the founding of both KIPP ENC and KIPP Charlotte. KIPP ENC is the second oldest KIPP region in the nation. In its 20 years of operation, KIPP ENC has been a cornerstone for students and families in rural Gaston and Halifax, operating two primary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Over the past five years, it grew to serve even more students by opening up a middle school in Durham, an urban center in the center part of the state. KIPP Charlotte, which grew out of the strong traditions and academics of KIPP ENC, has supported students and families for the past 13 years, operating one primary school and one middle school in the largest city in North Carolina.

KIPP North Carolina is building upon the successes and experiences of KIPP ENC and KIPP Charlotte to provide inclusive school environments and an educational program that will enable our students to lead full lives and equip graduates to be future leaders and agents of change in North Carolina and beyond. KIPP NC is engaging in direct, anti-racist work, and contributes meaningfully to the dismantling of structures of inequality within our organization, schools, and classrooms. We’re committed to expanding our efforts to embed anti-racism in all of our activities and engagements within our classrooms and schools, across our organization, and throughout the State of North Carolina. All of this will be in a tireless effort to create classrooms that are homeplaces for our students, places where they feel safe, loved, validated, seen, and heard, places where all their beautiful identities will be affirmed and celebrated, and places where they will learn the academic knowledge and skills needed for college, career, and beyond.

Job Description

Teaching is the absolute hardest profession in the world and it is going to take incredible leadership to successfully turn around KIPP Durham Middle School to realize our students’ limitless potential.  We are assembling a dream team of 14 exceptional educators with extraordinary skill, and the passion to make change in the lives of students and their communities.   With salaries ranging from $70k - $100k+  KIPP Durham Middle School staff will be the highest paid educators in the state of North Carolina.  If you have what it takes and are ready for the challenge, we want to recognize the expertise and commitment to excellence you bring to the table.


Through “refounding” KIPP Durham Middle School, our dream team will gain unique professional experiences and career advancement in building a school from the ground up - preparing them for leadership in the education industry and beyond.  


The exceptional educators we’re looking to join the KIPP Durham Middle School team will be master educators who have track records of affecting rapid, dramatic student learning improvements for students. While we founded the school in 2015, we are treating 2024-25 as a re-founding school year, an endeavor that requires a staff with a founder’s mentality around doing what it takes, making it happen, sweating the small stuff, and creating a reimagined reality for our students




Our one “re-founding” Enrichment/Specials Teacher will blow the following four crucial competencies* out of the water:


Driving for Results: Our teachers will have personal accountability to achieve outstanding  academic results and the task-oriented actions required for success. Our teachers will set high goals for themselves and their students, making persistent, well-planned efforts to achieve these goals despite barriers and resistance; holding others accountable for doing their part to achieve results; and putting in all the extra effort necessary to ensure success. 


Influencing for Results: Our teachers will motivate others—students, colleagues, and families—and influence their thinking and behavior to obtain outstanding  academic results and classroom culture. Our teachers will understand that they cannot accomplish change alone, but instead must influence the work of others. They will use a variety of influencing moves—inspiring students, nurturing ridiculously joyful AND rigorous classroom and schoolwide cultures, responding to unspoken student needs and motivations, and simultaneously supporting and inspiring colleagues to collaborate on the path to schoolwide success—as the situation requires. 


Problem-Solving: Our teachers will be LASER FOCUSED on planning, organizing, and delivering high quality Tier 1 instruction, and they will continually analyze data to determine student learning needs and next steps for intervention blocks during the day.


Personal Effectiveness: Our teachers will exhibit flexibility and optimism when faced with stressful, uncomfortable, and unfamiliar situations; maintain confidence in themselves and a willingness to keep improving despite the many challenges of their role; actively embrace the constant changes needed to ensure student learning in high-challenge situations; and hold and maintain a strong belief in the human potential for learning and improvement, despite significant societal pressures to settle for less. Our teachers will see themselves as not just a classroom teacher, but a SCHOOLWIDE teacher oriented around solutions and being proactive in their engagements.




Preparing and Delivering Instruction

  • Thoroughly review, deeply internalize, and meticulously prepare art and/or fitness/physical education lessons that follow the state’s standard courses of study for middle school every single day

  • Create engaging and totally ensorceling lessons that captivate students and push their thinking in the areas of art and fitness

  • Embody the belief that enrichment teachers are vital classroom teachers, that no students’ day is complete without practicing the mastering of a sport or appreciating fine art

  • Practice—and then practice some more—lesson delivery to execute daily lesson plans at an exceptionally high level

  • Work to learn the students in the room—working to learn their data and individual needs, including those addressed by IEPs, multilingual language plans, and other individualized plans

  • Create exemplar responses and documents for work to hold students accountable and to facilitate collaboration with colleagues

  • Set clear, high expectations, and hold students accountable for performance—all of which requires taking personal responsibility and doing everything required to reach challenging goals

  • Embrace and incorporate the gift of feedback from wherever it comes—colleagues, principal, assistant principal, regional coaches, students, wherever—in the spirit of Pursuing Excellence, one of KIPP NC core values

  • Do all the operational things that support great instruction, like maintaining an accurate and timely gradebook, keeping records, and completing tasks for data tracking systems


Building Positive Classroom and Schoolwide Cultures

  • Develop positive relationships with students, families, teachers, and staff through regular positive phone calls to families, routine curbside check-ins with families at arrival and dismissal, weekly newsletters from the classroom, and attendance at all school events, including Back-to-School Night, family conferences, report card conferences, and all other school celebrations

  • Leverage those relationships to induce behaviors and instructional habits from students that are significantly different from those previously exhibited; pinpoint and tap the needs, wants, and underlying motivations of students

  • Participate fully in the daily routines of a school that form the foundation of culture, like arrival/dismissal, advisory/circle time, lunch, hallway transitions, and the 1,000 other moments that make up a day

  • Embody, nurture, and build KIPP NC’s core values (Pursuing Excellence, Building Knowledge, Fighting Injustice, Sparking Joy, and Rising Together) and the school’s student and staff cultures

  • Assume personal responsibility for student achievement, all the students in the school, and the success of staff colleagues

  • Create and maintain a joyful classroom space that exudes love, builds a sense of belonging, and celebrates learning, which includes displaying current student work and grade level/content- appropriate and identity-affirming decorations


Exemplifying a Growth Mindset

  • Collaborate with leaders and coaches to identify areas of strength and areas of growth for professional development throughout the year, some of which will be leader-led, and some of which will happen in the quiet after-school moments in classrooms with colleagues in the routine preparation for the next day

  • Attend practice clinics to hone and sharpen pedagogical skills and lesson delivery

  • Participate in Teacher Work Days, Regional Data Days, and Professional Development meetings after school; satiate their hunger to learn and grow as a professional


Taking Care of Yourself 

  • Use the many benefits the organization offers employees (health benefits, generous school holidays, etc.) to relieve stress after the workday is done or over school breaks and holidays, as the job of turning a school around is tough—teachers will experience stress and emotional challenges associated with all the essential duties enumerated above, and self-care will be a priority


The following are required of the KIPP Durham Middle Enrichment/Specials Teacher:


  • A deep commitment to the mission of KIPP NC and an unwavering belief in the potential of all our students

  • An unwavering commitment to anti-racism, equity, inclusion, and liberation

  • A deep commitment to both racial equity and improving the lives of kids from economically marginalized communities

  • 3+ years of teaching experience in K-12; experience in teaching in a high performing charter school and/or schools with a high population of students with free and reduced lunch

  • Demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of economically marginalized students

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant content area

  • Pass Criminal Background Check

  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred

Additional Information

Additional Notes

  • Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM (these are work hours for teachers, not school hours for students)

  • Some Saturday/weekend commitments will be required for additional tutoring and intervention work with students

  • Durham Middle staff will be expected to help run summer academies in the Summers of 2025, 2026, and 2027


Total Benefits

All KIPP Durham Middle teachers will be paid on the KIPP Durham 2024-25 Compensation Model (linked to model) and paid according to their years of relevant experience and educational attainment.


In addition, the KIPP Durham Middle Enrichment/Specials Teacher will receive:

  • A $25,000 salary boost to recognize their investment in KIPP Durham Middle’s re-founding

  • Health Insurance: State Health Plan with low premiums for individuals and deep discounts for spouses, dependents, and families

  • Paid Parental Leave: 8 weeks of 100% paid maternity leave and 4 weeks of 100% paid paternity leave

  • Paid Time Off + Sick Leave: 5 days of PTO and 6 sick days every year

  • Retirement: An optional 403b with a generous employer match with immediate vesting


Important Note: This incredible opportunity to magnetize a Dream Team staff to Durham Middle starting in the 2024-25 school year is made possible by the national KIPP Foundation. Their commitment to KIPP NC is for three school years (2024-25, 2025-26, and 2026-27). After those three years, we will reassess our approach and resource allocation model. We are asking all successful candidates in this role to commit to the entirety of those three years (with a TBD for 2027-28 and beyond!). 


*We are forever indebted to Public Impact, a North Carolina-based non-profit organization dedicated to an excellent education for all students and excellent careers for all educators through its national Opportunity Culture initiative, for this language and framework. 

Privacy Policy