Teach at IDEA Public Schools

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

Who We're Looking For

IDEA teachers represent a diversity of backgrounds and experience. We look for and hire the best candidates for our students. Here are some of the most important criteria we look for:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution; State certification preferred but not required
  • Experience in a classroom setting, preferably experience working with low-income students; preferred but not required
  • Proven track record of success in a professional setting
  • Unwavering belief that a college education is possible for all children, and a commitment to developing a school-wide culture that fosters a productive, enthusiastic learning environment
  • Openness to observation and critical feedback with a desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher
  • Excitement about working for a school system that is changing the status quo of education in the United States

Hiring Process

1. Complete Application

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

2. Phone/Video Interview*

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

3. Final

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

4. Offer

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

5. Hired!

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.

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.

Go to our benefits page to see what we offer to our IDEA teachers.

Paul Williams

Paul Williams is an AP United States History teacher at IDEA College Preparatory Weslaco. We sat down to chat about his experience as an IDEA educator and learn about what motivates him to work hard every day.

Kaila Velez

Kaila Velez is a kindergarten teacher at IDEA Rundberg Academy and an Austin, Texas native. We sat down to chat about her time at IDEA Public Schools and why it is important to teach in the same neighborhood where she grew up.

substitute opportunities

Are you interested in joining the IDEA Team & Family as a substitute teacher?
Click the button below to submit your application.


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

Absolutely! IDEA encourages all of its staff to enroll their children at IDEA. Your child will get placement in a lottery at your chosen IDEA school. We prioritize current students, siblings, and team member’s children.

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

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

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.

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 2021-22 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.

IDEA's 2022-23 Student Application is now live!

We are excited to announce we are accepting applications for schools across Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Cincinnati. Follow the button below to get the latest and greatest information about our application process, grade levels and how to find a campus near you.