1. When does training begin and what does training entail?
- Training for Apollo Fellows takes place prior to the start of service. If you are selected, you should be prepared to start training in early August. An exact date will be provided after a position is offered. All Apollo Fellows attend a rigorous pre-service training before the beginning of the school year. Training includes everything Fellows need to be successful including effective lesson planning, strong classroom culture, and relationship building.
2. Will the Apollo Fellows program help prepare me to be a teacher?
3. What is the compensation for an Apollo Fellow?
- The Apollo Fellows program helps provide important skills and preparation for the teaching field, along with a great introduction to principals and school leaders. The program is well-known across the district and many Fellows do go on to become teachers. In addition, countless Fellows go on to apply their service experience to other endeavors’ such as policy, medicine, social work, and graduate school.
4. If I am offered a position when will I receive my school assignment?
- Apollo Fellows can earn a salary of up to $21, 485 annually (approximately $14/hour). In addition to an incentive stipend not to exceed $5000 for each year of service. Fellows also receive paid time off and qualify for a special benefits packages through Houston ISD at a rate of only $5 per month. As an added bonus Fellows are eligible for exclusive discounts for educators throughout Houston.
5. What do Apollo Fellows do after completing their year of service?
- Apollo 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 hired. Schools are staffed on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the more school placement choices you will have.
6. What are the prerequisites for the position?
- Apollo Fellows go on to pursue a diverse range of paths beyond their service term. Some go on to become teachers, others pursue graduate school or careers in a multitude of fields. A number of Fellows choose to renew their commitment beyond one year.
7. Can someone who does NOT have their degree yet become an Apollo Fellow?
- Passionate about working with students
- Bachelor’s Degree or 60+ credit hours
- Demonstrated math proficiency
- Eligible to work in the U.S
8. Can a former HISD employee become an Apollo 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.
9. Can a retiree become an Apollo Fellow?
- Yes, as long as they are still in good standing with the district.
- Yes, however there are certain stipulations on the number of hours they can work per week.