“I do this work to inspire and motivate my students to thrive in the world around us. I take pride in cultivating innovative thinkers and diverse leaders of our future.”
“I love KIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary both as a parent and as an employee. My three children go here, and I work here, so I can say on multiple levels how special this place is. You will build so many amazing relationships here that you wouldn’t think of. It’s not just a great place academically, because kids are growing a lot with that, but it’s also a place where kids will grow emotionally. The level of support inside and outside the classroom is incredible. It’s been an amazing experience to grow professionally alongside my children!”
At KIPP Nashville, we recognize that no one’s career journey looks the same. We provide a variety of talent pathways that help our teammates develop as leaders and grow within our organization. Whether you want to hone in on your teaching skills and stay in the classroom, or have a strong desire to serve in a leadership role, we are here to provide the necessary tools and support for you to pursue the path of your choosing.
Our leadership development pathways work and provide opportunities for internal candidates to grow in the next step of their careers. In the 2022-2023 school year, all three of our principal vacancies were filled by leaders who participated in and completed our Principal in Residence program and 68% of school-based leadership roles were filled by internal candidates.
Benefits of Joining Our Team and Family
- Our teachers make at least 10% ahead of the district teacher scale for Bachelor’s and Master’s level pay
- Ongoing commitment to being leaders in teacher pay in Nashville and across our state
- Medical, dental, and vision coverage
- Paid family leave
- Access to retirement plans for full-time staff members
- Unparalleled, targeted professional development based on role and experience level and aligned to a teammate’s career aspirations
- Work with other dedicated, driven, and growth-minded educators
- Teachers are given weekly professional development opportunities through one-on-one coaching and classroom observations
- 40 full-time instructional coaches across the network
- Pedagogical training
- Network-wide professional development
- Access to support and opportunities as part of the national KIPP network
- Multiple Leadership and Talent pathways
- Licensure pathways
We’re here to set you up for success. For this reason, we establish clear expectations and timelines for all candidates going through the job application process. While the process itself can look different based on the role you’re applying for, you can expect our process to follow these steps:
Conduct phone interview with a KIPP Nashville teammate
Complete a virtual teaching demo and debrief (teachers) OR a performance task
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Work at KIPP Nashville
KIPP Nashville teachers experience continuous instruction, interaction, and professional development in a supportive, growth-minded environment.
A Day in the Life at KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School
Our high school is focused on college readiness for all and preparing students with the academic and social-emotional skills to lead fulfilling lives in college, career, and beyond. With courses centered around meaningful discourse and a focus on culturally responsive curriculum, our KIPPsters learn how to harness the power of their voice as we work together toward building a more just world. Follow along a day in the life with Mariah Garner, a 12th-grade Composition Teacher and Composition Department Chair.
7:50 - 8:00 a.m. Arrival
It’s the best part of the day - greeting our students as they arrive! I love saying hi (sometimes dancing) and getting a few seconds to connect before classes start. I think it sets the tone for the whole day.
8:10 - 9:35 a.m. AP Seminar Block (1 of 3)
This is my first block of the day, and I’m excited to dive into the material with my students. The bulk of my classes center on student writing and allow students the opportunity to both self evaluate the quality of their work and provide peer feedback to improve their writing. Students drive discussion, allowing them the opportunity to think critically about relevant topics and challenge each other’s perspectives in impactful ways.
11:10-11:30 a.m. - Lunch monitor
Lunch is a great way to reset before finishing out the day. During lunch, I get to catch up with students, check in with how they’re doing, and enjoy some bonding time as we watch movies or play games. Right now, we’re watching Sister Act 2!
11:40 a.m. - 12 p.m. Peer observation
As Composition Department Chair, I spend part of my time each week observing other Comp teachers. This allows us to leverage collective strengths and identify areas where we can improve as a department. At least twice a month, our Principal also co-observes with me. At KIPP, we thrive on feedback, and I have grown so much as an educator by being coached myself; now I continue to grow as I coach and mentor other teachers in our school.
12:05-1:30 p.m. Composition Block (3 of 3)
My last block of the day is Composition IV. Similarly to AP Seminar, this course focuses on students writing and pushes them to think critically about the world around them. Students write papers that allow them to comment on real world issues such as the First Amendment, social power dynamics, and more!
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Planning Time
My planning time is crucial to creating engaging lessons for students and allowing me to respond to student data. I use this time to grade student work, meet with my coach or coachee, and create both short- and long-term goals for students.
3-3:30 p.m. Dismissal
I end the day by helping with dismissal. Even though I teach 12th grade, I love getting to know all the students. By the time younger students reach senior year, I will have developed relationships with a lot of them, which helps build our classroom community.
A Day in the Life at a KIPP Nashville Middle School
At KIPP Nashville we operate middle schools 5th through 8th grade. In middle school, college and the promise of to and through becomes more real and near. In hallways adorned with college pennants, students begin the transition from self-contained classrooms to autonomous learning and ownership of their big goals. While it’s a different grade band, the same high-quality curricula and extra-curricular activities are offered for our middle schoolers.
Planning: Throughout the day, our teachers get planning time to look ahead and check in with their coach.
7:45 a.m. Morning Meeting
Every homeroom gets the day off to a great start with their morning meeting and breakfast. It’s a helpful reflection point before we kick off a day of learning.
8:15 a.m. Literacy Block
Our literacy teachers teach two classes and have specifically carved out time to provide reading intervention. This allows our teachers to provide differentiated instruction to all KIPPsters.
Two heads are better than one. Co-planning is a great opportunity to fine-tune lesson plans, review data and look ahead to the next week.
12:30 p.m. Lunch
As with elementary school, we offer lots of healthy lunch choices, and our KIPPsters get a chance to connect with their friends. And you never know when your teacher might join you!
1:30 p.m. Literacy Block Two
Fresh off of a delicious lunch, a new class of KIPPsters come for their literacy block.
3:30 p.m. Dismissal
With some smiles and waves, KIPPsters jump into their car or bus and head home. ‘Til tomorrow, KIPPsters!
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