KIPP Indy finding success in strategies to hire, retain teachers

ByJalea Brooks
Students in a classroom at KIPP Indy Public Schools

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Public School students are soaking up the final hours of summer break before heading back to the classroom for the first day.

Teachers like Corey Jones have been back in the classroom for a couple weeks now and are ready to welcome a new challenge.

“I can’t wait to see the new students. I can’t wait to feel the energy,” said Jones, who’s starting his second year teaching at KIPP Indy, though the first with a class of his own. “I never had a Black male teacher, that’s something I’ve never had, so now I’m able to be that consistency in some of our children’s lives and just be a role model.”

Jones will teach sixth grade English and language arts at the public charter school in the historic Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood on Indianapolis’ near northeast side.

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