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Aspire Teachers

Aspire teachers are high school, college, graduate students, and early career teachers who gain an introduction to teaching and educational leadership. In six weeks, educators of all experience levels practice collaboration, innovation, and creativity in the classroom. Aspire teachers hone their skills by serving as the lead teacher in the classroom, developing their own creative curriculum, and practicing skills such as classroom management, differentiated instruction, and student assessment.


Junior Teachers, positions for high school students

A position held by high school students, Junior Teachers regularly design and teach daily activity and choice periods, run morning meetings, and plan events for the entire student body. Junior Teachers also help organize daily activities and operations. Junior Teachers observe students in classes and assist in workshops. Because of the closeness in age to Aspire students, Junior Teachers are powerful role models at Aspire.

Apply to be an Aspire Junior Teacher

Core Teachers, positions for college students

Core Teachers join Aspire from colleges and universities around the country to implement creative and engaging classes to support the academic needs of middle school girls. Core Academic Teachers gain real experience in the classroom under the guidance of an experienced teacher who is willing to provide support as you learn. They design, plan, and teach academic classes. In addition, Core Academic Teachers teach workshops, influenced by their own expertise and personal interests, that broaden the exposure of Aspire students by covering a wide range of topics not often covered in middle schools.
Core Teachers must secure their own housing for the summer, but the Aspire team will support candidates' housing search. 

Apply to be an Aspire Core Teacher

Academy Teachers, positions for graduate students and teachers with up to three years of experience

Academy Teachers are graduate students or early career educators with up to three years experience. They conduct classes and workshops for students in the Ninth Grade Academy. As lead classroom teachers, they design, plan, and teach creative and engaging curriculum to prepare girls for high school success. 

Academy Teachers also work collaboratively to design and execute specialty courses for students and work with the Director of Aspire to coordinate field trips and engaging activities. 

Speciality Teachers and Support Staff, positions for college students and teachers with up to three years of experience

Speciality Teachers and Support Staff positions filled for summer 2020.

Directing Teachers, positions for full-time and veteran educators

Directing Teachers mentor Aspire's Core Academic Teachers as they develop and teach Math, Science, Language Arts or Social Studies. Together, they implement creative and engaging classes to support the academic needs of middle school girls. 

Directing Teachers help Aspire teachers gain an understanding of the many aspects of an educator:

  • Coordinating innovative activities
  • Identifying quality materials
  • Understanding adolescents
  • Student assessments 


Dean positions filled for summer 2020. 

Dean of Faculty

The Dean of Faulty oversees all aspects of faculty participation and is primarily responsible for serving as a liaison between Directing Teachers (professional educators who are mentoring college students) and Core Teachers (college students interested in pursuing careers in education). The Dean of Faculty is also responsible for supporting Academy Teachers (professionals who are teaching ninth graders) in curriculum and program development.  

Dean of Academy Teachers

The Dean of Academy Teachers oversees all aspects of Academy Teacher participation and provides mentorship and support in their development of curriculum and execution of the program. The Dean is also responsible for collaborating with teachers and faculty deans to address student issues, managing the Ninth Grade Academy schedule, writing faculty evaluations, and providing additional support as necessary.

Dean of Junior Teachers

The Dean of Junior Teachers oversees all aspects of the Junior Teacher experience and is responsible for managing the team of high school students. The Dean observes the Junior Teachers as they teach and interact with students, assists with planning, and reviews lesson plans. The Dean is also responsible for managing the supply cabinet, Aspire snacks, and guiding the Junior Teachers through the planning and execution of the Aspire Olympics and other special events.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students oversees all aspects of student participation. The Dean of Students is responsible for planning daily morning meetings, the annual talent show, and other special activities that take place outside of academic time. The Dean monitors student behavior and helps facilitate matters regarding student life such as mentoring, achievement, attendance, behavior, and health/safety. One overnight trip to Michigan is required of the Dean of Students.

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