Frequently Asked Questions
1. When does training begin and what does training entail?
Training for Apollo 20 Fellows takes place prior to the start of service in early August. It includes everything fellows need to be successful, from effective lesson planning to strong classroom culture, relationship building, and more.
2. Will the Apollo 20 Fellows Program help prepare me to be a teacher?
The Apollo 20 Fellows Program provides important skills and preparation for the teaching field, along with a great introduction to principals and school leaders. Many fellows go on to become teachers, while others apply their service experience to new endeavors, including policy, medicine, social work, and graduate school.
3. What is the compensation for an Apollo 20 Fellow?
Apollo 20 Fellows earn a salary of up to $21,915 annually, in addition to an incentive stipend not to exceed $5,000 for each year of service. Fellows also receive paid time off and qualify for a special benefits packages through HISD at a rate of only $5 per month. As an added bonus, fellows are eligible for exclusive discounts for educators throughout Houston.
4. If I am offered a position, when will I receive my school assignment?
Apollo 20 Fellows specify school and location preferences on their application. During the final stage of the selection process, they interview with a specific school and find out within a week of interviewing if they have been hired. Schools are staffed on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the more school placement choices you will have.
5. What do Apollo 20 Fellows do after completing their year of service? Apollo 20 Fellows go on to pursue a diverse range of paths beyond their service term. Some go on to become teachers, while others pursue graduate school or careers in a multitude of fields. A number of fellows choose to renew their commitment beyond one year. 6. What are the prerequisites for the position?
7. Can someone who doesn't have their degree become an Apollo 20 Fellow? Yes, if an applicant has completed 60 or more college hours, they may apply to the Sr. Academic Tutor-Priority Schools position, to be considered for placement at one of our priority schools. However, a Bachelor’s Degree is strongly preferred. 8. Can a former HISD employee become an Apollo 20 Fellow? Yes, as long as they are still in good standing with the district. 9. Can a retiree become an Apollo 20 Fellow? Yes, however there are stipulations on the number of hours worked per week.
- Passionate about working with students
- Bachelor’s degree or 60+ credit hours
- Demonstrated math proficiency
- Eligible to work in the U.S