IDEA’s Founding Teacher Fellowship Program

Learn from the best in preparation for full-time role in a founding region.

About the Program

IDEA’s prestigious Founding Teacher Fellowship is a unique opportunity for individuals who are looking to transform education for children in IDEA’s brand new regions. The one-year fellowship takes place on an award-winning IDEA campus in an existing region where fellows:

  • Gain hands-on teaching experience in IDEA classrooms,
  • Receive mentorship by some of IDEA’s most successful teachers and leaders,
  • Collaborate with a team of Founding Teacher Fellows and leaders to define the vision for IDEA as it grows into new regions,
  • Are guaranteed a full-time lead teaching position in a brand new IDEA school in a founding region, upon successful completion.

A unique fellowship

Competitive Salaries

Full Health Benefits

Relocation Stipend

Unparalleled Mentorship

Paid Teacher Certification and Master’s Degree

IDEA Team & Family Spotlight


IDEA is currently recruiting Founding Teacher Fellows that will become founding teachers in Jacksonville (2022 – 2023) and Cincinnati (2022 – 2023). Individuals who live or have lived in or near this region will have priority in the selection process. 

Fellows with under two years of lead teaching experience will be co-teachers alongside a highly effective mentor teacher in elementary or middle school grades. Grade and content will be based on availability and fellow preference. Florida fellows who participate in the Relay Teaching Residency are put on a path to receive a teaching certification and Masters of Arts in Teaching in their home state, following the program. The Relay Residency requires weekly evening classes and occasional Saturday school.

Fellows with two or more years of lead teaching experience will be interventionists on an existing IDEA campus. Grade ranges and content will be based on availability and fellow preference. Experienced fellows will also participate in IDEA leadership programming that puts teachers on a track for school leadership.

During summer of 2021, fellows will relocate to an existing IDEA region to train and work during the 2021-2022 school year in a current IDEA school. Fellows will learn their exact region and school placement by May of 2021. When the one-year fellowship is completed, fellows will then relocate to their respective region as founding teachers and/or grade team leaders for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Housing allowance (taxable) will be provided for fellows that will move to the host region. Relocation allowance (taxable) from $2,000 to $6,000 will be provided to assist in the relocation. The amount is based on how many miles they relocate and if they move with family. Fellows will be expected to have secured housing by July 1st, 2022. Official dates of summer training will be provided in April of 2022.

If requirements of the fellowship are passed, fellows are guaranteed a teaching position in IDEA Jacksonville or IDEA Cincinnati. School leadership positions such as grade level lead, academic counselor, and assistant principal roles are subject to founding principal discretion. 

Fellows with under two years of lead teaching experience will receive a co-teaching salary of $30,000, full health benefits, and a taxable relocation allowance (from $2,000 up to $6,000 based on how miles they relocate and if they move with family) to assist in the relocation to and from the placement IDEA region. They will also receive a taxable housing allowance.

Fellows with two or more years’ lead teaching experience will receive a teaching salary based on experience (see more details here), full health benefits, and relocation stipends of up to $8,000 ($10,000 for families) to assist in the relocation to and from the placement IDEA region.

Where do you see yourself at IDEA?



Our instructional teams exemplify our unwavering, organization belief that a college education is possible for all children.



We believe that passionate, disciplined leaders make all the difference in the success of our students and the teams they manage.



Whether you work at HQ in Weslaco, TX, our offices across IDEA’s regions or remotely, a position on the HQ team is important and rewarding.



It takes hundreds of people working hard behind the scenes to make sure that our students, teachers and school leaders are successful.

Open Positions

Please click below to view all current vacancies and for the 2022-23 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.