Grow Your Own Teacher

Welcome to the GYOT program!

GYOT candidates go through a highly-selective application, including a written essay submission and interview.

Key Selection Dates
March 01, 2020 Application Materials due

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Harmony Public School's Grow Your Own Teacher Program (GYOT) is an innovative fellowship developed to prepare HPS's future educators and leaders. Our program provides a competitive financial opportunity – up to $20,000 for four years – for current HPS students and/or HPS graduates to pursue a bachelor's degree that leads to teacher certification.

In addition, GYOT participants will receive professional development from central office experts, one-on-one coaching from a highly qualified teacher mentor, and networking opportunities with student colleagues from across Texas. Participants will earn teacher's certification before returning to serve as an HPS classroom teacher.

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Harmony Public Schools are high performing K-12 college preparatory charter schools focusing on math, science, engineering, and computer technologies. For more than a decade, our schools have provided students from under-served communities the opportunity to excel in their studies in a small classroom environment focused on providing the skills they need to succeed in life. With a college acceptance rate of 100 percent, Harmony Public Schools have earned the reputation of providing a distinct, high-quality education. Our schools also have the honor of being Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) field pioneer schools.

Purpose of the Grow Your Own Teacher Program

As per the Vision statement of each open-enrollment charter held by Harmony Public Schools (“HPS”):

The mission of [HPS] is to prepare students for academic success in their future education, enable students to have a broad spectrum of options for their future endeavors, and to prepare them to be effective, responsible, and productive citizens.

In support of this mission and vision, the HPS Board of Directors has established the Grow Your Own Teacher Educational Assistance Program (“the GYOT Program”), which identifies and supports students and graduates of the HPS program, assisting them in attaining an undergraduate degree and a Texas teaching certificate, and then returning them to HPS in an instructional capacity that uses their experience and success in the HPS program to deliver high quality instruction to HPS students.

Graphic of the Grow Your Own Teacher requirements

Harmony GYOT is an innovative program designed to identify and develop HPS students and graduates who are interested in pursuing a teaching career with Harmony Public Schools. GYOT participants receive professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities as they complete their requirements for teacher certification. Upon completion of their degree, participants return to Harmony as qualified teachers to deliver high quality instruction to HPS students.

  • Professional Development

    Selected candidates will receive comprehensive professional development to prepare them to begin teaching on Day 1.

  • Networking Opportunities

    Participants will have access to Harmony network throughout Texas as well as access to local Harmony campuses. They will be able to interact with teachers, principals, and central office administrators before graduation!

  • One-on-One coaching

    Each participant will be assigned to a highly qualified mentor who will provide guidance and support throughout duration of the program—allowing participant to learn invaluable lessons from an experienced and successful participant.

  • Financial Assistance

    Harmony provides a financial assistance package of up to $5,000 per year while only requiring a two year commitment post-graduation.

  • You are Harmony!

    Only HPS students and graduates like YOU are eligible to take advantage of this program. As a student and alumni, you understand our Harmony culture, traditions, and high academic expectation. GYOT will allow you to continue growing at Harmony while helping others grow along the way!

  • Extra Income

    GYOT participants will work up to 19 hours at an HPS campus each week. Interns will receive bi-weekly compensation depending on exact number of hours that they work.

You will be eligible for a reimbursement of up to $20,000 to pay for tuition and fees. ($5,000 per year--$2,500 per semester). In addition, you may work up to 19 hours each week—earning $10 per hour.

In order to be eligible for GYOT, you must be an HPS high school senior who has attended HPS both his/her junior and senior year of high school and has maintained a 2.5 grade point average. You are also eligible if you are a GYOT graduate who is completing his first bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university, has maintained a 2.5 grade point average, and previously completed both his junior and senior years of high school at an HPS campus.

HPS will consider several factors in deciding what you will be teaching, including your declared major, standardized test scores, personal preference, and availability of positions at the campus level. HPS cannot guarantee specific placements but reasonable efforts will be made to match teaching assignment with your desired preference.

Our Director College and Career Success will provide in-person and online professional development training to help you be successful in our education setting. They will have periodic “check-ins” throughout the school year to ensure that you are progressing towards your career goals. In addition, you will be paired with a teacher mentor to support you at your local campus. This individual will provide mentoring and feedback to you as you complete the program.

Each year of service equates to 50% of the financial assistance that HPS provides. If you do not complete two years of teaching service to an HPS campus, you will be responsible for repaying entire assistance that you received. If you only complete one year, you will be responsible for paying 50% of the assistance that you received.

No. This program is only open to HPS students and/or graduates.

At the end of your teaching commitment, you will be able to choose the future direction of your career. However, our hope is that you will continue to build your career at Harmony Public Schools, increasing your career responsibilities in leadership roles.

Candidate Profile

HPS evaluates candidates holistically but note that there is a minimum 3.0 requirement that you must satisfy in order to be eligible.

For all applicants, we will reviewing the following:

  • Class Rank
  • Strong GPA
  • Rigorous Coursework
  • Extracurricular involvement, work experience, and leadership roles
  • Deep desire to give back to community through education
  • Willingness to learn and work hard
  • Communication skills
  • Recommendation letters
  • Application Essay
  • Application Completeness — all information is submitted in a timely and correct manner
  • GYOT Application Scoring Rubric

Required Documents

Please complete the online application and then submit all required documents to:

For all applicants, we will be reviewing the following:

  • Personal Essay
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation—at least one from an HPS teacher
  • Verification of College Enrollment
  • HPS Transcript—includes high school GPA and attendance record
  • Official college or university transcript(s)—including GPA (College Students Only)

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