When you teach at KIPP, you work with passionate educators from around the country, get access to top-notch professional development and curriculum, and work everyday to make a difference for our students, families, and communities.
A national network
A national network, united by one goal
KIPP’s teachers, leaders, and staff are all committed to our mission to prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose. We learn from each other and share what we know to reach even more students and expand the impact of our work.
New Teacher Programs
KIPP teaching fellowships and residencies provide aspiring teachers with the professional development, mentorship, and classroom experience they need before leading a classroom of their own.
Program details vary by location, but the goal is the same: increase the pool of highly-effective teachers applying for lead teaching positions in public schools across the country.
Ideal candidates come with varying levels of experience, from novice teachers, to career changers, to recent college graduates.
Fellowship and residency programs exist in select KIPP regions. Click on the location below to learn more about these opportunities:
- KIPP Public Schools Northern California
- KIPP Colorado Public Schools
- KIPP Columbus
- KIPP DC
- KIPP Texas Public Schools
- KIPP Jacksonville Schools
- KIPP Massachusetts
- KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools
- KIPP Miami
- KIPP Nashville
- KIPP New Jersey
- KIPP New Orleans Schools
- KIPP NYC Public Schools
- KIPP Philadelphia Schools
- KIPP St. Louis
- KIPP SoCal Public Schools
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You will build so many amazing relationships here that you wouldn’t think of. The level of support inside and outside the classroom is incredible.
Jenene Phillips, Teacher and Parent, KIPP Nashville
You will build so many amazing relationships here that you wouldn’t think of. The level of support inside and outside the classroom is incredible.Jenene Phillips, Teacher and Parent, KIPP Nashville
I see and talk to my principal every single day. The level of support we have in our school and across our network is unheard of.
Jay Guzman, Alumnus and Teacher, KIPP DC
I see and talk to my principal every single day. The level of support we have in our school and across our network is unheard of.Jay Guzman, Alumnus and Teacher, KIPP DC
To this day, I still get butterflies whenever I teach because I know how important a child's education is.
Laura Reyes, Alumna and Teacher, KIPP NYC
To this day, I still get butterflies whenever I teach because I know how important a child's education is.Laura Reyes, Alumna and Teacher, KIPP NYC
My principal said, "Create an engineering program. I believe in you." Years later, my kids are passionate about inventing. I feel lucky.
Kyle Kenan, Teacher, KIPP Houston Public Schools
My principal said, "Create an engineering program. I believe in you." Years later, my kids are passionate about inventing. I feel lucky.Kyle Kenan, Teacher, KIPP Houston Public Schools
Allen WangScience/Engineering Teacher and Instructional Coach
KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, Lynn, MA
In his AP Chemistry classroom, Mr. Wang interweaves essential life lessons into the curriculum. He has grown the AP Chemistry program by 20 students annually, and doubled students’ passing rates on the AP exam from 2017-2019. A founding faculty advisor for KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate’s Asian Student Union, he often acts as a facilitator for the school’s internal initiatives on social and racial justice. He has secured grants for the school totaling close to $10,000 to bolster digital literacy, improve students’ access to technology, and fund innovative lab projects. Under his leadership, students in his Principles of Engineering class won the Massachusetts Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, receiving $15,000 worth of technology for their classroom.
“Allen Wang’s commitment to students, families, and the community at large is palpable and his devotion to teaching and teaching well is unparalleled,” says Kari Schuler, Dean of Math and Science Instruction at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate. “We often talk about our science department as ‘before Mr. Wang’ and ‘after Mr. Wang.’”
To end this note, I want to leave you with a video that shows the moment Mr. Wang learned he received the award. The joy is palpable.
Brittany Creary9th Grade Physics Teacher
KIPP Somos Collegiate, San Antonio, TX
In her classroom, Ms. Cleary brings science to life through real-world experiences. Since she came to KIPP Somos two years ago, her students have consistently scored above the KIPP network average in mastery of physics. Ms. Creary leads with equity at the center, by incorporating students’ voices in dress code decisions and being the faculty advisor for the school’s first Black Student Union. When her students visited her alma mater, Texas A&M University – San Antonio, Ms. Creary worked with her sorority chapter to create a scavenger hunt so that students could experience the campus more deeply.
“Brittany Creary is a phenomenal educator whose study and experience with the art and the science of teaching has led to a flourishing classroom with strong results and critical partnerships with families and community stakeholders to create a community that surrounds her students and works together for their big dreams,” says Jeremy Gray, KIPP Somos Collegiate High School Principal.
Carla CrespoBilingual Teacher + Reading Coach (now Assistant Principal)
KIPP One Academy, Chicago, IL
Ms. Crespo is known for helping her students make remarkable academic strides. Last year, her 5th grade students advanced nearly 30 percentage points in math and reading in just the first four months of the school year. On the rigorous “Access Test” to test out of the English Language Learner program, Ms. Crespo’s students’ passing rate is nearly six times the state average. Outside of the classroom, she leads after-school Government and Spanish clubs, provides tutoring four days per week, and regularly helps students and families connect with community resources on social media.
“I truly cannot overstate just how laser-focused Carla is on the academic growth and success of her students,” says Whitney Paul, KIPP One Academy’s School Leader. “Carla is the kind of teacher who truly does whatever it takes to support all students and families in a variety of ways, and does so with a positive and loving attitude.”
Ernestina Nez Thompson
Ernestina Nez ThompsonEnglish and AP Language Teacher
KIPP King Collegiate, San Lorenzo, CA
Since she first came to KIPP King Collegiate, Ms. Thompson has been a champion for students with special learning needs. In her first year at KIPP King, she developed one of her classes for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) as an AP English Language class, with a record 117 students enrolling and taking the exam that year. Outside of her classroom, Ms. Thompson is the faculty advisor and coach for her school’s chapter of the Bay Area Urban Debate League; during the pandemic, the debate team persisted via distance learning, and two of her students placed third in the Novice Semifinals this year.
“Ms. Thompson has built a consistent classroom culture that I wish I could bottle and replicate in all classes,” says Nicole LeBlanc, School Leader at KIPP King Collegiate High School. “Kids respect her, trust her, and believe her when she teaches—they work, they persevere, they laugh, they push, they help each other. On my tough days, I stop in Ms. Thompson’s class to turn my day around, and it works every time.”
If you have a few minutes, check out this heartwarming video of KIPP King students, families and staff congratulating Ms. Thompson.
Katie Johnson Martens
Katie Johnson MartensEnglish Teacher
KIPP Sol Academy, Los Angeles, CA
As the Reading Intervention teacher at KIPP Sol, Ms. Martens leads the work to ensure that English Language Learners can succeed. Year after year, her students achieve double-digit gains in their reading levels. To help encourage a love of reading, Ms. Martens leads on-campus Reading Nights, which she successfully transitioned to virtual events during the pandemic. Her innovative events for students and families include “book tastings,” family book discussions, and a writing program called NaNoRaMo where students set a writing goal each day for a month.
“If you are a student who is lucky enough to have Ms. Marten as a teacher, you can consider your life changed,” says Libby Gronquist, Principal at KIPP Philosophers Academy (former Founding Teacher at KIPP Sol Academy). “You will experience different worlds through literature, go on adventures in writing novels, and fall in love with reading.”
Kerryea MartinezBiology Teacher and Department Chair
KIPP Sunnyside High School, Houston, TX
Since she joined KIPP Sunnyside High School in 2016, Ms. Martinez’s students have consistently matched or exceeded the district’s performance on the biology STAAR exam. She established the school’s first AP Biology class; when her class went remote during the pandemic, she went above and beyond to provide engaging digital tools for her students so that they could effectively study for the AP exam.
“Kerryea is compassionate, brilliant, and her impact is felt with students and teachers schoolwide. She oftens shares her resources with other teachers, and coaches other teachers on data analysis to improve student outcomes,” says Edward Hynes, KIPP Sunnyside High School Principal.
Maria Christina Gonzalez
Maria Christina GonzalezSpanish Teacher
KIPP Promesa Prep, Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Gonzalez is not only a founding teacher at KIPP Promesa Prep, but a KIPP parent as well! Since 2015, her Spanish students have achieved mastery for their grade level at nearly 90 percent or higher. Having grown up in the Boyle Heights community of East LA, she is committed to ensuring that her students are proud of their shared community and Latinx heritage. By giving her students the skills and knowledge they need to master the Spanish language, she helps bolster her students’ sense of identity and belonging.
“Christina is the most committed, most humble, most giving person I know, and this all translates into her being an amazing teacher for our KIPP students,” says Adriana Rodriguez, Principal of KIPP Promesa Prep. “She is the heart of our school, the mom of our team, the first to step in and help whenever needed.”
Mark Joseph6th Grade Math Teacher
KIPP Rise Academy, Newark, NJ
Mr. Joseph’s passion for student success and social justice are renowned throughout KIPP New Jersey. For the past 5 years that Joseph has acted as 6th grade chair, students have achieved the highest attendance rates and GPA averages in the region. Beyond this, Mr. Joseph has founded several after-school clubs as well as KIPP Rise’s Mentor Teacher program. Outside the classroom, he helps facilitate the school’s annual Summer Jump program with a mix of classes, cultural events, and movement. And he is active in the broader Newark community, from mutual aid funds to donation drives and beyond.
“Mark serves as the engine of KIPP Rise Academy,” says Mariel Elguero, KIPP Rise Academy’s Assistant School Leader. “He can singlehandedly make kids and families fall in love with our school and he forms deep, lasting relationships that last far outside the walls of our school building.”
Nisla EllisDance Teacher
KIPP Dream Prep, Houston, TX
Ms. Ellis’s dance program redefines how her students view dance. She choreographs pieces that celebrate students’ heritage and cultural identities while using dance to help students process the current social and political climate in a developmentally appropriate way. To see Ms. Ellis and her students in action, watch this video of the KIPP KDP Dream Chasers Dance group!
“Nisla provides her students with the knowledge they need to change the world,” says Haley Simonton-Bonilla, KIPP Dream Prep Principal. “She opens her students’ eyes to their reality and how to thrive within it. She brings social consciousness to her students so that they can better understand the world and their place in the global community.”
Wyman KhuuDirector of Elementary School Science, Engineering & Technology
KIPP Infinity, New York, NY
Mr. Khuu led the charge at KIPP Infinity to introduce coding as part of the science curriculum and has inspired hundreds of students to see themselves as future scientists. Year after year, Mr. Khuu has increased the percentage of students who master science standards in the New York State Assessment, from 84% in 2016-2017 to 94% in the 2018-2019 school year. His content knowledge of the Amplify Science curriculum is extensive, and he has shared this knowledge by talking to KIPP teachers all over the country. When the pandemic hit, Mr. Khuu assisted in designing a Google page to communicate with families and staff so every student could have access to the information they needed. He brought volleyball to every school in the NYC region, set up field trips for students to Google and even invited celebrities to be guest speakers in class.
“What he is able to do is the classroom is truly magical. Every single day students run to his room, asking and wondering what is Mr. Khuu going to bring in next? What else are they going to get to try? He has inspired our students to ask questions and to see themselves as scientists,” says Eric Cato, Principal In Residence at KIPP Infinity.