Grow Your Own Teacher
The purpose of the Grown Your Own Teacher (GYOT) program is to combat the nationwide, chronic teacher shortage by developing a continuous pipeline of quality teachers who share the culture, language, and community of Wichita Public School students. Program Flyer
FUNDING, ELIGIBILITY, AND PARTICIPATION
The GYOT program is district funded. It is designed to provide financial assistance in the form of forgivable loans to outstanding Wichita Public Schools permanent, classified employees to encourage and enable them to pursue full-time teaching careers in a hard to fill certified position (SPED, Math, and Science). Preference will be given to those pursuing a Special Education teaching career path. Currently, TAP candidates do not qualify.
*GYOT funds are not guaranteed. A limited number of recipients are chosen based on the application process by a district panel. All applicants will be notified on the panel’s choice prior to the semester of the semester for which applied.
- One (1) consecutive year of consistent employment with Wichita Public Schools in a permanent, benefitted position and is in good standing, as determined by the Chief Human Resources Officer
- Minimum of 60 college credit hours completed, with a grade point average of 2.7 or better. Preference will be given to employees with a Bachelor’s degree.
HOW TO APPLY
Step 1: Be accepted into a Kansas university’s education/licensure program and prepare a Plan of Study.
Step 2: Review the program overview and submit an application for Grow Your Own Teacher. Program Overview
Step 3: Submit your university transcript, plan of study, and a signed agreement form (page 6 and 7 of the program overview) with the application.
- To be eligible for funding in the fall semester, a completed application and a course of study must be submitted on/before June 1 in the school year funding is requested.
- To be eligible for funding in the spring semester, a completed application and a course of study must be submitted on/before December 1 in the school year funding is requested.
- To be eligible for funding in the summer semester, a completed application and a course of study must be submitted on/before April 15 in the school year funding is requested.
Based on the signed Statement of Commitment and Intent to teach, each participant is obligated to begin teaching full-time, in his/her area of certification, in Wichita Public Schools the first semester immediately following graduation and continuing for a period of three consecutive years. Participants involved in the GYOT program for less than four years will have a pro-rated teaching obligation.
The participant shall reimburse Wichita Public Schools the entire amount of the loan received by the GYOT program if the participant for any reason does not meet the criteria established by the GYOT program, complete the requirements for a degree in education, fails to obtain teacher certification, or if the participant fails to provide a minimum of 3 complete consecutive years of teaching obligation following graduation; provided, however, one semester tuition and books paid for by the GYOT program shall be forgiven for each year of teaching service completed up to the year or time such services are not provided.
Questions? Contact Human Resources at 973-4605 or firstname.lastname@example.org