Teach at IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA you’ll have the support and resources to do your best work.

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What we believe in:

Hard Work

Closing the Achievement Gap requires that everyone give 100 percent. Every Day.


Our goals are ambitious, but we are, too.

Postive Change

Together, we know our vision of College For All Children is possible.

What we're looking for:


We believe passionate, compassionate teachers make all the difference in the success of our students.


At IDEA, we want to invest in you. Our professional development and career pathway will allow you to chart your own path.


We're looking for teachers from all backgrounds and experience levels. Varied perspectives will allow us to stay innovative and push us to become even better.

At IDEA, we want you to grow professionally.

Teacher Career Pathway

Excellent teachers are the key to realizing our promise to students. The Teacher Career Pathway was created to make IDEA a place where teachers feel valued for their invaluable role in our movement to send all students to and through college. As teachers are promoted up the pathway, they receive increased professional development, influence, recognition, and compensation.

teacher pathway

Here's what current IDEA team members have to say:

“I was an IDEA student and knew that when I graduated from college, nothing would fulfil me more than returning as a teacher. I am proof that IDEA is changing students’ lives.”

Ramiro Flores
Pre-AP Humanities, IDEA College Prep Donna

“My students are driven and that drives me. They’re ready to come to class and focus on the end goal: college. I’m focused, too.”

Ricardo Uribe
AP English Literature, IDEA College Prep San Juan

Hiring Process


Complete Application

Fill out our online application thoroughly for your best chance of selection.


Phone/Video Interview *

Our process is differentiated based on the position for which you’ve applied as well as your background and experiences.



An in-person interview will be scheduled. Sample lessons, Q&A, and possible school tour will be included.



A successful in-person interview results in an offer letter.



If you accept the offer, pending a background check and the co-sign of the HR department, you’re hired!

* Additional Content Assessment (select positions only): For some positions requiring highly specialized content knowledge, candidates may be asked to complete a content assessment. This may occur prior to the final interview, or as a part of the final interview.

Application Timelines:

We have four application deadlines throughout the year. Applying on or before a deadline will determine when you move through the following steps in our process. Although our application remains open all year long, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to maximize your opportunity to receive an offer at IDEA!

Steps First Deadline Second Deadline Third Deadline Fourth Deadline
Application by Deadline Nov. 13, 2017 Jan. 16, 2018 Mar. 19, 2018 Apr. 23, 2018
Learn if you’re invited to a video
and/or phone interview
Nov. 17, 2017 Jan. 26, 2018 Mar. 30, 2018 May 4, 2018
Complete your video
and/or phone interview *
Nov. 20 - Dec. 15, 2017 Jan. 23 - Feb. 16, 2018 Mar. 27 - Apr. 20, 2018 Apr. 31 - May 25, 2018
Learn if you’re invited
to a final interview
Dec. 18, 2017 Feb. 19, 2018 Apr. 23, 2018 May 28, 2018
Final Interviews ** Most final interviews will take place within 8 weeks of the application deadline. However, some candidates may wait longer depending on the availability of vacancies.

* You will have 3-5 days to complete your interview after receiving your invitation.

A few of our benefits include:

Competitive Salaries
View Teacher Salary Schedule

Paid Family Leave

Medical, Dental, Vision

Employee Purchase Discount Plan

Professional Development

Career Growth

Unbeatable Culture

Teacher Retirement System benefits

Open Positions

Please click the links below to view all instructional job applications by region for the 2018-19 school year. Within the application you can indicate if you want to be considered for the current school year as well. These positions will be updated weekly. We recommend reading each job description carefully to ensure you are applying for the role you are best suited for.


Can I apply to work at a specific campus?

We do our best to accommodate campus preferences, but cannot guarantee placement at a specific campus.

Do I need to already be certified in Texas and Louisiana to teach at IDEA?

No, unless you’re applying to teach special education. However, certification can strengthen your application.

Do years of experience at other districts count towards steps at IDEA?

Yes, of course. Salaries increase with every full year of lead teaching experience an individual has.

Can my kids come to IDEA?

Absolutely! IDEA encourages all of its staff to enroll their children at IDEA. You will get automatic placement at an IDEA school and your child will not have to be selected in the blind lottery.

Do teachers contribute to retirement accounts?

Yes! In Texas, all full-time staff are automatically enrolled in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and currently contribute 7.7% of wages. In Louisiana, we offer a 403(b) that staff members may contribute to.

At IDEA we can make real change happen.

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Do you still have questions?

Our recruitment team has the answers. Fill out the interest form below and let’s talk.