Mentor Teacher– RootsLA Teaching Pathway

Job Type

Full Time




Los Angeles
United States


Seeking Passionate Instructional Leaders!

TNTP seeks summer Mentor Teachers for the RootsLA Teaching Pathway. This position is based in Los Angeles and is available in Summer 2018.

Who We Are

TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

The RootsLA Teaching Pathway is a new teaching fellowship which recruits and trains diverse college-aged Angelenos who want to return to their community to make a difference in the classroom. The fellowship will introduce college juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to teaching and the education reform movement, serving as an early pipeline to teach in L.A. schools after graduation. 

RootsLA prepares Fellows to achieve immediate, measurable success with their students in the fall after they graduate from college. Our training approach, called Fast Start 2.0, focuses on foundational skills that we believe Fellows must have to ensure a strong start to the school year as a new teacher. During their pre-service training, Fellows rehearse the foundational skills, receive coaching, and practice them with students. Fellows must demonstrate proficiency in these skills to successfully complete pre-service training and become a teacher of record.

What You’ll Do

Mentor Teachers are experienced and successful teachers who develop Fellows towards mastery of a small number of foundational skills that we believe Fellows must have to ensure a strong start to the school year as a new teacher. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Influence, coach, and motivate a group of 4-10 Fellows to reach ambitious goals with students and mastery of the four foundational skills by:
  • Observing and providing specific, actionable, on-the-spot feedback to individual Fellows at least twice per week on their teaching performance in a summer school classroom
  • Planning and executing daily coaching experiences, including in-classroom interventions, that are based on performance data and offer opportunities for practice and immediate feedback
  • Co-facilitating skill building sessions, which support Fellows’ acquisition of techniques aligned with the foundational skills of PST
  • Evaluate Fellow performance by assessing Fellow proficiency, using data to identify trends in teacher performance and identifying the highest priority development areas on an individual and group level
  • Promote analytical self-reflection in Fellows in order to accelerate growth and student achievement
  • Meet with other PST team members to plan meaningful training activities and norm on Fellow performance standards 

What You Bring

We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level. 

We expect our Mentor Teachers to demonstrate a record of academic success working with students Los Angeles, high expectations for students and teachers, and strong organizational and communication skills.  


  • Minimum two years of successful teaching experience in Middle or High school grades in Los Angeles (required) 
  • Strong familiarity and experience with the Common Core State Standards (highly preferred)
  • Experience with Teach Like a Champion techniques (preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire students and adults
  • Experience and comfort observing and providing direct feedback to teachers, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate teacher improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with adult learners quickly and to build strong working and mentoring relationships
  • Exceptional skills in time management, including the ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Readiness to work non-standard hours over the course of the pre-service training (50+ hours per week)
  • A positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations
  • Evidence of working successfully in teams or cooperative settings 
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making.

What We Offer 

TNTP and our partners offer a competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience in a similar position. TNTP offers a motivated team of dynamic colleagues, a collegial atmosphere that values professional development and valuable feedback, and the chance to impact the direction of a growing, mission-driven company that is committed to the success of our nation’s children. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work each day.

Time Commitment 

Mentor Teachers can expect up to 40 hours of training over multiple days in the spring in the summer. Mentor Teachers are focused on preparation work in advance of pre-service training and a full-time commitment of 40 – 50+hours/week for the weeks of pre-service training.

Application Instructions

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor Teacher for RootsLA, please submit a resume and one-page cover letter that answers the following questions:

  • Why do your experience and skills make you a strong candidate to mentor new teachers who are preparing for their first years in high need classrooms?
  • What do you believe to be the biggest challenges incoming Fellows will face in their first year and how you will help them to overcome these challenges during pre-service training?

Please also submit a letter of recommendation from your principal, coach, or other instructional leader at your school who can speak to your classroom practice and expertise. The letter should address the depth of your content knowledge and ability to use high-leverage instructional practices to lead students to success on the Common Core State Standards. 

Please submit your application online at .  

TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

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