Are You Ready To Inspire?

We’re Doing Things Differently Here

Breakthrough Schools is reinvigorating the educational system in Cleveland and we are looking for teachers committed to urban education to join our growing network. All our schools have strong, vibrant school cultures, where everyone is held to the highest expectations. However, one thing that sets Breakthrough Schools apart from other school networks is that we offer students and teachers four distinct educational approaches to choose from and thrive in: Citizens, Citizens Leadership, and Village Prep, and E Prep.



Virtues like responsibility and perseverance are key to our students' success. They achieve academic excellence while learning to become responsible citizens.



Claps, cheers, and chants energize our highly focused classrooms. Motivating school-wide routines create a culture where scholars thrive.

Citizens Leadership


Learning is hands-on, and the city is our lab. Building on the Citizens elementary approach, scholars focus on academic rigor and civic engagement.

We Believe In Our Teachers

Our students are excelling in so many ways — far more than just on state test results — a testament to the talent and expertise of our educators. We believe in fostering and celebrating our teachers through:

Curricular innovation

Our teachers develop some of the most innovative and effective teaching strategies. In fact, many other districts look to observe our teachers in action.

Commitment To Growth

We help our teachers achieve this level of practice and pedagogy through intensive professional development before students begin the school year, purposeful on-going professional development, and 1-on-1 coaching and modeling.

Recognition of successes

We compensate our staff in a way that recognizes outstanding achievement of student results, professional growth as educators, and is competitive with other districts and charters.

"It is a special environment that challenges you and helps you grow and develop as a leader yet it occurs in a caring, fun, and accepting environment. I look forward to coming to school every day every day."

- Shawn Hallowell, Senior Cluster Director, Educator, and High School Coordinator, The Intergenerational School

"I know I am a part of a network that is making a difference in Cleveland. Breakthrough Schools put students first and provide the resources students need to receive a high-quality education. "

− Kristine Donelon, 5th Grade Literacy Teacher, Citizens Academy

"We believe each scholar is going to go to college and we do whatever it takes to help best prepare them. "

− Amanda Paul, Kindergarten Teacher, Grade Level Chair, and Resident Educator Mentor, Village Prep Cliffs

"The best part about working at my school is being part of a team that truly cares so much about the students. Every person here goes above and beyond the call of duty, not only to make sure our students are challenged, but also to make sure that students are being taken care of physically and emotionally."

− Kaylan Lemon, 1st Grade Teacher, Citizens Academy East

Room To Grow

Teachers in our network have so many career growth opportunities. Whether you’re looking to excel as a master teacher, split your time between the classroom and teacher coaching, develop your way into school leadership, or extend your skills to our entire network, we support our teachers as they build their career and forge their own path.


Meet Your Future Colleagues


Adam Severs

Kindergarten Teacher, Citizens Academy

There is a welcoming and positive environment waiting for me every morning as I walk through the doors of Citizens Academy. Students and families care about their learning and take ownership of their responsibilities, which is evident by my class' 100% participation rate in parent teacher conferences the past two years.


Lynesha Richardson

5th Grade Science Teacher, E Prep Woodland Hills

I see my work as the foundation of the movement for kids and families in Cleveland. Teachers create that curiosity in students to learn which is then brought back into the homes.

In Case You're An Audio/Visual Learner

We’re on our way to serving 6,000+ students across 19 schools. Over the next 5 years, we will hire more than 100 founding teachers as we open new schools throughout Cleveland. Our teachers are the foundation of our network, our inspirers, and our future leaders.

Are You Ready For This?

We’re growing, we’re hiring, and we need the best teachers for our students. Is that you? If so, let’s get started. We have a poster hanging on our wall, and we believe it: “This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.” Let’s do this, together.