Become a Teaching Resident
Great teachers are made, not born. Get your teaching certificate while getting real-world, hands-on experience and mentorship through Freire’s Teaching Residency Program in partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education.See all openings
In their first year, Teaching Residents complete a one-year apprenticeship at a Freire Schools campus while enrolled in a teacher preparation program with Relay Graduate School of Education. In their second year, Teaching Residents complete Relay’s program and become full-time certified teachers.
Learn what it means to be a great teacher from your Resident Advisor, a school-based mentor who models great instruction and provides coaching and support. You’ll participate actively in the Freire community through activities like co-teaching, teaching intervention blocks and tutoring students. Meanwhile, you’ll observe your Resident Advisor and gradually assume responsibilities within their classroom.
- Deliberate practice: Three-hour weekly practice-based sessions that are steeped in essential teaching skills and aligned to what you’re learning in your coursework.
- Gradual On-Ramp to Teaching: Carefully designed and structured on-ramp into teaching, with increases in teaching responsibilities over time.
- Gateway Assessment: Assessment to ensure that the most valuable skills have been mastered and Residents are prepared for the classroom.
Meet Our Residents
Ms. Kacie: Resident Advisor
11th Grade Algebra II and Pre-Calculus, 12th Grade AP Calculus
Advisor to Teaching Residents
On Teaching at Freire Schools
“The fact that we have alumni working at our school as employees, and that I am still in touch with dozens of students that I have taught over the years from here, and that on Teacher Appreciation Day I’m getting text messages and calls: It’s unlike anywhere else I have worked.”
Mr. Joshua: Teaching Resident
8th Grade English Language Arts (ELA), 10th Grade English II
Movie Club Advisor
On teaching at Freire Schools
“The Relay Residency is really trying to change the culture around learning to be an effective teacher, and I think that opportunity is just everything someone who is interested in teaching should consider. It really does bundle it all. It gives you the highest chance of success at this thing that you’re passionate about.”
Ms. Barbara, Resident Advisor
8th Grade ELA, 9th Grade English I
Advisor to Teaching Residents, Track Coach
On teaching at Freire Schools
“As for working at Freire Schools, and specifically Freire Wilmington since that’s where I am, I will say that you will always meet a group of funny goofy kids who really just are rays of sunshine. They’re the greatest kids, and you’ll have a team around you that really will go out of their way to help you.”
Build the Future at Freire
Change students’ lives while developing your craft as a teacher. Freire Schools has a 20-year legacy of success in closing the opportunity gap— join the Freire Family and become part of our future.Apply Today