Teaching at KIPP

Gritty. Brotherly. With Love.

Being a KIPP teacher involves a great deal of commitment, but it also means that you your colleagues will always have your back. You will be given the freedom to innovate in your classroom, as well as the support, coaching and professional development necessary to grow as an educator and hone your craft. Every day, our teachers are transforming public education in the city of Philadelphia and proving that zip code does not determine destiny.

At KIPP Philadelphia, our teachers never teach alone. We have intentionally built a culture of sharing and collaboration because—although our teachers’ experience and backgrounds are wide and varied—every member of our Team and Family shares the whatever it takes mentality to ensure our students succeed in college and life.

Yes, KIPP Philadelphia teachers teach rigorous and engaging lessons, but they also teach life. Our teachers model care, integrity, ganas, grit, excellence and love and our KIPPsters follow suit. We push kids forward every day because we believe in their capabilities and beyond. Who are the teachers you remember most favorably? Not the ones who let you get by. They’re the ones who helped you see beyond what you saw in yourself. At KIPP Philadelphia, we are all that teacher. Be that teacher too. Join Us!


KIPP Philadelphia Schools requires the following qualifications for all lead teachers:

  • Commitment to working with educationally underserved students
  • Proven track-record of high student achievement
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject/content area
  • Hold high expectations for all students and enforce the school code of conduct
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Ability to obtain Pennsylvania State certification Level I or II
  • 2+ years of full time lead teaching experience (excluding substitute) in an urban setting

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