Elementary Apprentice Teacher

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The Apprentice Teacher position provides a unique opportunity for talented individuals with limited experience to explore the many aspects of teaching. This position will provide hands-on practice and the training necessary to become a successful full-time classroom teacher in a Detroit 90/90 school. Apprentice Teachers will have an opportunity to observe best practices in classroom instruction and education reform from experienced teachers and school leaders. Apprentice Teachers observe and learn from experienced teachers, co-teach with teacher-leaders, provide in-house substitute teaching coverage for teachers, and support teachers with tutoring, grading, and individual or small group student instruction. Apprentice Teachers may also teach a class of students, allowing for direct teaching experience within a more limited teaching load. Apprentice Teachers will also offer teacher support with a variety of work inside and outside of the classroom, including tutoring classes, organizing student events, and developing mentoring relationships with students. Through school-year professional development, as well as regular meetings with an instructional coach, Apprentice Teachers will have many opportunities to gain the experience and support necessary to develop their teaching skills. By the end of the year, Apprentice Teachers will be very strong candidates for a full time teacher position.


Our mission is to prepare students for success in life. If you are dedicated to a pursuit of excellence both in yourself and our students; if you are self-motivated; if you are an innovator and if you want to play a key role in changing young lives --we are looking for U.

Role Responsibilities for Apprentice Teachers

  • Teach classes on behalf of coaches, dean and teacher-leaders who are observing other teachers

  • Teach one class or small groups of students

  • Periodically plan and deliver instruction, gradually taking on more responsibility throughout the semester

  • Develop teaching skills to potentially become a full-time teacher at the school

  • Occasionally provide substitute teaching coverage for teachers within the school

  • Support students by providing one-on-one and small group intervention daily

  • Observe Master Teachers in order to improve instructional techniques and classroom management;

  • Meet regularly with a coach to implement feedback on lessons and instruction;

  • Assist with instruction, assessments, grading, and other classroom responsibilities; (especially in core subjects: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies)

As appropriate, perform all duties expected of classroom teachers, including but not limited to:

  • Implementing curricula and activities to meet academic standards;  

  • Implementing assessments that measure progress towards academic standards;

  • Using assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices;

  • Participating in collaborative curriculum development, grade-level activities, and school-wide functions, events, and trips;

  • Providing consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior;

  • Helping to co-lead crew in the morning and afternoon;

  • Supervising students during transitions and dismissal

  • Being accountable for students’ mastery of academic standards;

  • Communicating effectively with students, families, and colleagues;


  • Education and Certification

    • Bachelor's degree in education OR Alternative Route Certification 

    • Candidate must have taken and passed the MTTC

  • Experience

    • Prior experience working in school communities is preferred but not required

  • Skills

    • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom

    • Evidence of self-motivation, willingness to be a team player, and has a strong sense of personal responsibility

    • Ideal candidates are hard-working, urgent, energetic, and are willing to learn and adapt

    • Is extremely reflective and constantly wants to improve

    • Is flexible and enjoys dealing with unpredictability

    • Strong time management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines

    • A strong candidate will possess strong organizational skills, communication skills (particularly with children), and problem solving skills

    • Interest in performing a critical support role and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, results-oriented environment

  • Demonstrates U Prep’s Core Values

    • We work well by ourselves and teams

    • We care about people

    • Our actions have a purpose

    • We think big and do

    • Learning is exciting


  • Medical coverage through Blue Care Network, Delta Dental, Eyemed and Teladoc

  • 401(k) - up to 6% matching after one year of employment

  • Teachers are equipped with a laptop, email, high-speed internet access and all necessary instructional supplies

  • Eight sick and four personal days

  • Performance & Core Value bonuses

  • Career development and extensive professional development

  • Masters program tuition scholarships of 50% or 80% through GVSU

  • Starting salary of $32,000, 90 day review with potential increase to $35,000. If offered a role for the following school year, first year teacher salary would be offered.

Detroit 9090 is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind. All employment decisions with Detroit 9090 are based on district needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.

Location: Detroit, MI
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