Teacher FAQs

Where can I find the application to become a Summer Program teacher?

You should apply through our national office.  The online application is available in mid-October. When asked which site you are interested in, list Breakthrough Houston as your top choice!

Where is the application to become a School Year Program teacher?

 For more information about the Breakthrough Houston School Year Program, CLICK HERE.

Where does the program take place?

The School Year Program and the College Bound Program both operate at St. John’s School. Our Summer Programs are hosted at three sites — St. John’s School, KIPP CONNECT, and Gregory-Lincoln Educational Center.

What are the hours?

Summer teachers being their day at 7:30 AM. The day concludes anywhere from 5:00PM to 6:00PM. Additionally, teachers are responsible for work at home that includes grading, preparing lesson plans, and drafting quizzes.

If I do not live in Houston, are there any options for living accommodations during the summer?

Yes, there are home stay families available.  Specify in the online application that you will need living accommodations.

Who outlines the curriculum?

All Breakthrough sites work with curriculum developed by our Instructional Coaches.  You will work with your Instructional Coach to learn how to present the material in a manner that fits with your personality. Don’t worry; you’ll still get to put your own personal touch on things.

How will I learn how to teach?

All Breakthrough Houston teachers participate in an orientation program called Breakthrough Instructional Training (BIT).  BIT was developed by our national office, with input from former Breakthrough teachers.  BIT will help you break down concepts into manageable pieces for your students, learn classroom management techniques, and ensure that your students are mastering the material you are teaching.

How do I select the subject I want to teach?

In your application, you will rank which subjects you would like to teach.  During your interview, we will talk about which subjects you are most comfortable teaching. We will also discuss potential elective classes you might be able to teach.

Is it possible to enroll in summer school or work at another part-time job while teaching at Breakthrough Houston during the summer?

No.  Teaching at Breakthrough Houston requires a serious time commitment which makes it impossible to take on a second job or class.

How old do I have to be to apply to be a teacher?

During the summer, most of our teachers are either in college or have just graduated from high school.  We have several Teaching Assistant positions that are usually filled by high school students.

During the school year, most of our teachers are enrolled in high school and receive community service hours for participating in Breakthrough Houston.  We do have a few teachers who are college students at local schools like the University of Houston, Rice University, and Houston Baptist University.

How can I stay involved as a Teaching Fellow alumni?

Click here to join the national Breakthrough alumni community and be connected to resources and opportunities. Stay up to date with Breakthrough Houston by signing up for the mailing list.