Become A Teacher

To apply for teaching positions please visit our Job Openings page. 

Why Teach?

Teaching at Student U is a unique opportunity to inspire and energize Durham Public School students.  Whether you are interested in teaching middle or high school students, through this experience you will be challenged, grow and gain insight into your unique abilities as a teacher and leader. While teaching at Student U you will have a tremendous impact by empowering students daily to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed.

Our Summer Academy staff are excited to facilitate learning and create an environment for students to succeed. We are hiring staff to work in our summer academy program, providing academic enrichment and structured new experiences. In Summer Academy, we are committed to helping our students feel success and growth by providing thoughtful, intentional academic experiences, and sharing our own excitement around academic content.

Teaching at Student U consists of:

  • Teaching your own small class of students
  • Building meaningful relationships with students and other teachers
  • Creating your own lessons with the support of experienced mentor teachers and a dean of instruction
  • Learning from the brilliance of your students and fellow teachers
  • Growing as a leader and a teacher

Middle School Teacher Positions

As a Student U middle school teacher, you will teach your own class in math, science, global connect or language arts, lead a small reading group and teach an elective based on your unique talents and interests. Teaching at Student U is a year-long commitment. Student U teachers work full-time in the summer, creating lesson plans, teaching their own classes and working collaboratively with other teachers to engage and inspire students. Student U teachers teach a core academic class, co-lead a small reading group and an elective. Student U teachers are expected to be fully present at the Summer Academy which operates Monday – Friday from 7:30am- 4:30pm and on Tuesdays until 5:30pm. Teaching at Student U is a full-time commitment. Teachers often work outside of Student U’s hours to create lesson plans, prepare for daily classwork and talking with parents and students.

During the academic school year, Student U teachers tutor one afternoon per week in our daily after-school program. 

Teachers are compensated for their prep work in the spring, all Summer Academy hours, and for tutoring during the school year.

If you have any questions, please contact the Middle School Program Coordinator, Luke Carman, by email.

To apply for Middle School Teaching positions please visit our Job Openings page. 

High School Teacher Positions

Student U's high school program is designed to help students successfully transition to high school and prepare to be competitive college applicants. High school students are paired with in-school advocates who monitor their academic progress. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a Summer Academy and internship program during the summer, as well as, receive assistance in finding other summer enrichment opportunities that fit their interests. Last but not least, all high school students participate in local and out of state college tours.

Our high school Summer Academy is a six week academic enrichment program designed to support our rising 9th and 10th grade students’ academic and social transition to and through high school. Student U teachers work full-time in the summer, creating lesson plans and teaching their own self-designed course while working collaboratively with other teachers to engage and inspire students. Student U teachers are expected to be fully present at Summer Academy which operates Monday – Friday from 7:30am- 4:30pm and on Tuesdays until 5:30pm. Teaching at Student U is a full-time commitment. If you have any questions, please contact the High School Program Coordinator, Michelle Norwood, by email.

To apply for High School teaching positions please visit our Job Openings page.