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Lead Teacher

Yellowstone College Prep

Classificaion:     Full-time, Exempt

  Reports to:       Principal

The Yellowstone Lead Teacher is a master teacher and servant leader who can provide an exceptional education to the students they teach,  mentor teachers new to the profession; work collaboratively with teachers and instructional leadership; facilitate professional learning community sessions; and daily model the Yellowstone PRIDE values to students, staff, and parents.


Skills and Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred but not required

Five years’ experience teaching in content area

Valid/Current Texas Teacher Certification in content

Previous Lead Teacher/Mentoring experience, preferred but not required


Organizational Overview

Yellowstone College Prep (YCP) is an open-enrollment public charter school currently serving 260 students in 5th through 9th grade. We are a community school preparing community leaders. At Yellowstone, we Inspire, Empower, and Invest in our students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their intended purpose. Our model includes smaller class sizes and a culturally relevant experience that includes rigorous academics, strong character education, and a focus on parent and community engagement. YCP will grow by a grade level each year, eventually serving students in 5th-12th grade.

 Yellowstone College Prep operates on a beautiful Third Ward campus built in 1926 that is less than half a mile from downtown Houston. As part of its unique program, YCP is co-located with Yellowstone Academy, a private Christian school that serves students in preK3 through 4th grade. This innovative public/private model is the first of its kind in the state of Texas. The Yellowstone Schools are governed by two separate Board of Trustees. They operate through a shared services agreement to leverage the Academy’s nearly 20 years of success and expand to serve close to 800 students in pre-K through 12th grade within the next five years.

At Yellowstone College Prep, we believe that no significant learning can occur without significant relationships. We are building a team of elite educators to support our work and invite you to join us!


Primary Responsibilities

The lead teacher’s primary role is to be an exemplary teacher. The lead teacher will provide rigorous academic instruction, cultivate a classroom environment that is psychologically safe and inspires excellence, and partner with parents to ensure their student’s success. Their responsibilities are as follows:


Student Academic Performance

  • Set ambitious targets for annual student achievement and track student progress towards these goals.
  • Develop appropriate assessments to measure student understanding, and, as needed, create lessons and assessments for re-teaching concepts and objectives.
  • Meet regularly with grade level teams and vertical planning teams to share best practices, develop intervention strategies, and collaborate on lesson plans and instruction.
  • Manage a gradebook and a cycle of grading/assessments that provides an accurate reflection of student performance throughout the school year.


Instructional Strategies

  • Instruct students individually and in groups, adapting teaching methods to meet students' varying needs and learning styles.
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects following guidelines established by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Assist in the selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials that align with the scope and sequence for each subject/grade level.
  • Plan and conduct lessons with a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to learn, observe, question, and investigate.
  • Use technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process.
  • As needed, plan and supervise assignments for instructional aides and classroom volunteers.


Student Growth and Development

  • Observe and evaluate each student's academic performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • In addition to planning classroom lessons, organize and lead grade-level appropriate activities and field trips designed to promote academic, physical, mental, and social/emotional development.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their student's progress, and to determine the priorities for their student’s growth and success.


Classroom Management and Organization

  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of all students.
  • Manage student behavior in accordance with the Yellowstone Student Code of Conduct.
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and campus facilities.
  • Maintain a classroom that is orderly, organized, and promotes student learning.
  • Create and foster an environment that is culturally relevant, supportive of inclusion, and emphasizes strong character development.


Professional Growth and Development

  • Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
  • Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
  • Keep informed of and comply with state and school regulations and policies for classroom teachers.
  • Attend and actively participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as needed.
  • Participate in an instructional culture that values feedback, seeks growth opportunities, fosters innovation, and always puts student achievement first.
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned.


Lead Teacher Responsibilities

In addition to the teacher expectations, the Lead Teacher will have the opportunity to directly contribute to the culture and success of Yellowstone College Prep. Lead Teacher job responsibilities will include:

  • Serving as a mentor for at least one new teacher (new to Yellowstone or to the profession);
  • Leading a grade level team/department to:
    • ensure consistent communication among team members, students, and families
    • assist with student discipline and behavior management initiatives and needs
    • assist with the planning of field trips, grave-level, and school-wide programming;
  • Meeting regularly with school leadership to develop strategies to address student academic; performance, staff concerns, and parent engagement;
  • Assisting with the planning and implementation of tutorials and other related student activities;
  • Working with instructional leadership to lead or facilitate professional development and; learning opportunities for staff;
  • Participating in classroom observations, campus walkthroughs, and other related activities;
  • As needed, helping with the tracking and facilitation of parent meetings and conferences; and
  • Performing other duties as required and assigned.


Physical Demands

Frequent moving about the school building to facilitate student management between classes; constantly operates a computer and other office equipment; frequent standing, talking to facilitate faculty or parent training or student instruction; Frequent exchange of communication with parents, students, and colleagues regarding behavior, academics, and other school business.


Yellowstone Values

Every employee at Yellowstone College Prep is committed to our PRIDE values:

Positivity: At Yellowstone, we smile first. We are a positive presence on campus and extend a good-natured grace and enthusiasm in all personal interactions.

Responsibility: We follow through on our promises and commitments. We own our actions and will never settle for less than our best effort.

Integrity: We demonstrate integrity in all circumstances and always put the best interests of the broader Yellowstone community first. We “walk the talk” and lead by example. 

Determination: We anticipate and overcome challenges. We are resilient in the face of obstacles and are committed to the success of every member of the Yellowstone community.

Excellence: We hold everyone (families, students, colleagues) to the highest standard of excellence and constantly look for ways to enhance the Yellowstone experience.


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Yellowstone College Prep offers a competitive benefits package that includes enrollment in the TRS retirement system, medical, dental, and vision insurance, and supplemental life and short-term disability insurance.


Application Process

To apply for this position, please complete the application at As part of this application, you will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter. Qualifying applicants will be contacted for the next stages of the interview process which will include an interview, sample teaching lesson, and other engagement with the campus.



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