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Baker Teaching Fellowship

Focused development, support, and structure to individuals launching a career in urban public education.


KIPP Jacksonville Schools is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools, dedicated to preparing students from Jacksonville’s North and Westside communities with the knowledge, skills, habits, and character for success in college and life. We seek to grow the number of outstanding educators in our schools through the Baker Teaching Fellowship program, named after KIPP Jacksonville’s founding board chairman, John D. Baker II. The Fellowship provides focused development, support, and structure to individuals launching a career in urban public education.


High quality professional development from an instructional coach, with weekly feedback and guidance.

Real-time learning from a lead teacher in a co-teaching model, using a gradual release of full classroom ownership.

Free individual health insurance, including dental, vision, and retirement matching plans.

Full-time salary of $42,500 during the Fellowship year, and increasing to $50,000 upon a lead teacher offer the following year.

This program is ideal for:

  • those graduating from an education preparation program
  • those graduating from an alternative certification program
  • someone who has passed Florida certification exams in an appropriate area (usually K-6 or Pre-K-Primary-Grade 3)

KIPP Jacksonville Schools believes that our staff will represent our core values—high expectations, a growth mindset, and commitment to team. We can link each aspect of the Fellowship to our core values and we are searching for aspiring educators who embody them.


Fellows demonstrate a commitment to working with educationally underserved students in Jacksonville and hold a high bar of excellence for both themselves and their students. Fellows are considered full-time certified teachers paired with a Lead Teacher. They engage in a gradual release of increased instructional responsibilities, while the majority of lesson planning is owned by the Lead Teacher. The goal for each Fellow is to master the necessary skills to become a Lead Teacher with KIPP (1 year).


Fellows have the desire and humility to receive and implement feedback to improve their practice. Fellows are paired with an instructional coach who conducts weekly observations and provides feedback. Focused professional development occurs weekly.


Fellows believe that greater success comes from working together as a team. Fellows are paired with a Lead Teacher in our lower elementary classrooms (K or 1st). The co-teaching model allows real-time support during the Fellowship and smaller class sizes for our students. This grade level placement is not permanent and should a Fellow be offered a Lead position the following year, they would be able to preference a wider range of elementary grade levels at that time. Fellows and teachers alike work an extended day (7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in support of our students.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (to be completed the summer before the upcoming school year)
  • Florida Teaching Certification or Equivalent (certification received upon graduation is acceptable and should be listed in the job application)

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Meet a 2017-18 Fellow

“Teaching is simply what I was meant to do. My heart is in teaching, and working with an underserved population is what I feel called to pursue. In volunteering and in my education practicum at Flagler College, I saw evidence that a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite young imaginations and instill a love of learning. I find myself most passionate about my work when I am challenged, and there is never a day working at KIPP when I am unable to find that challenge that I seek. I find the dynamic nature of the education system pushes teachers and students in every aspect. However, it also encourages them to rise to each occasion and prove what an incredibly talented future for our students can look like.”

Abbey Gooden (right)
2017-18 Baker Teaching Fellow
Kindergarten, KIPP Jacksonville Elementary

Meet more of our Team and Family, including Fellows,
on our Team and Family page.