GYOT candidates go through a highly-selective application, including a written essay submission and interview.
The GYOT application period is closed for the 2019-20 school year
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.
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.
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.
Selected candidates will receive comprehensive professional development to prepare them to begin teaching on Day 1.
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!
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.
Harmony provides a financial assistance package of up to $5,000 per year while only requiring a two year commitment post-graduation.
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!
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.
Yes. Please see answer to question 4 above.
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.
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:
For all applicants, we will be reviewing the following:
|Fatma Rana Sahin-Kartal|
|Art Teacher and CCS of HSA Euless|
|Years at Harmony||1.5 years|
|Harmony Campus||HSA Dallas|
|Major||Arts and Performance, BA|
|Current role||Art Teacher and CCS of HSA Euless|
|Activities||Painting, Nail and Wire Art, Reading, Organizing Events|
|Future plans||Run own art studio|
It was a tradition in my family. My father has an educator background and growing up, he used to explain to us (we are six siblings) how fun and rewarding it was to see his students get to good places. Sometimes he would say: “I had to quit my teaching job due to other circumstances, but if I was ever given the opportunity of going back to teaching, I would jump in the air like a little kid!” I have always been interested in art, especially hands on activities, and teaching that to the youth generation has always been fun. I’m even more enthusiastic and motivated when I have very talented youngsters who are not exposed to art at home and have that opportunity of expressing themselves artistically in school.
I was told of the GYOT program by my counselor, at the time, and it motivated me to know that my alma mater was as enthusiastic as I was to help me pursue my goals. It was an opportunity for me to ensure my dreams of being a teacher would come true after I graduated from university. My “service period,” which was three years when I got into the program, ended last year but I continue to work at Harmony because I enjoy the setting. I have always studied at schools that have small settings, and teaching at a similar setting is definitely more rewarding than teaching at a school with huge numbered classes; I am able to reach out to my students in a smaller setting since we have a one-to-one teaching experience.
Harmony is like a huge family; when I am struggling at something, I can easily reach out to people in the same field and have a Mentoring 101 session. ☺ With that being said, I have a huge GYOT network at Harmony and we can share ideas and best practices when in need of help. The GYOT has helped me build my professional portfolio; it will continue to shine in my resume everywhere I go.
I have an opportunity of networking with all the Harmony alum, which provides easy access to me when I explain the benefits of being at Harmony. To know that we have the support of HPS in university through the GYOT program is very comforting since it not only provides monetary assistance throughout university, but it also guarantees an occupation immediately upon graduating. It also is easier teaching in a familiar setting and so students who are used to the Harmony atmosphere would have a better experience teaching at their alma mater rather than an unknown setting.