Working with CPS
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You chose a career in teaching because education has the power to change lives. That’s especially true at the more than 50 CPS Opportunity Schools—high-need neighborhood schools where finding and training excellent teachers is a top priority. Teaching at an Opportunity School is personally and professionally rewarding: not only will you work with students most in need, you’ll also get extra professional support by being paired with a mentor teacher in your first year and coached by specialists in instructional skills. CPS believes in opportunity for our students—and for you.
Elementary Special Education
BA, Northeastern Illinois University
MS, Purdue University
BA, Illinois State University
Middle Language Arts
BA, University of Illinois-Chicago
BA, University of Arkansas
MAT, Dominican University
M.Ed, DePaul University
BA & MA, Roosevelt University
Primary Bilingual Education
BA, Luther College
The purpose of the Ambassador program is to recognize exemplary teachers and foster community with prospective teacher candidates. Throughout the academic year, each educator will co-facilitate virtual and in-person sessions, careers fairs, host classroom visits and support Chicago Public Schools in providing equitable access to high quality teachers.
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CPS is committed to supporting teachers who are working in Opportunity Schools.
We provide a highly personalized recruiting experience. By taking the time to understand your professional goals and geographical
preferences, we are able to help you find a position in a school that meets your needs and interests.
We support our teachers year round. We provide summer training that will prepare you for a successful start of school, pair
you with an onsite veteran mentor teacher who will support you with your day-to-day responsibilities, and assign you to a
district-level coach who will provide you with intensive professional development. Additionally, we will invite you to join
a professional learning community (PLC) designed exclusively for Opportunity School teachers.
We provide incentivized leadership opportunities to our Opportunity School teachers. For teachers who excel in their role,
we are implementing the Opportunity Culture Model in partnership with seven Opportunity Schools during 2018-19. This model
trains teacher coaches and provides them with release time and stipends so that they can provide even more support to our
“It was helpful for me to have someone play the 'matchmaker' role between myself and a school. When I was beginning the job application process it was very overwhelming, but having [the Opportunity Schools recruitment team] to help make connections between myself and a school was very important.”
Pilsen Community Academy
“I love having an [IES] coach who comes in to watch me teach and give feedback in a way that's non-evaluative. She has been such a great resource so far, observing several of my classes and being able to offer specific feedback and suggestions. I [enjoy] all of her visit days.”
Richards Career Academy
“Opportunity Schools has provided a lot of great resources and professional development opportunities, but nothing has compared to the support provided by a dedicated, experienced teacher who knows the students and how to navigate the complex responsibilities of a teacher.”
John N., Middle School Mathematics
George Leland Elementary
“What I like most about the Opportunity Schools program is that I feel I am connected to a larger network. I am able to look forward to Professional Learning Communities surrounded by teachers who may be teaching in a similar environment to me.”
Amanda L., 2nd-grade Teacher
James R Doolittle Jr Elementary
“I [enjoy] teaching in a high-need school because of both the challenges and the rewards that come with the experience. My students have faced immense struggles in their short lives; however, they still bring so much joy and curiosity to our classroom community. Being a facilitator in my students’ growth, both as learners and as human beings, makes the daily difficulties worthwhile.”
Kate B., Kindergarten Teacher
Pilsen Community Academy
“The school was absolutely the right fit for me. I am so thankful the [Opportunity Schools recruitment] team led me there.”
Avalon Park Elementary
“[My school] is small and [close-knit where] every student and teacher matters. I appreciate the community they've built and getting to be a part of it. My mentor is especially supportive, regularly checks in, answers questions and helps me feel included.”
- Sadie Q., Diverse Learner Teacher Ambrose Plamondon Elementary
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