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ELA/ESL Teacher

Harris County
Fifth Ward/Frenchtown, Texas
Closing date
Jun 17, 2024

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Position Description

About Education Services:

The Education Services Division provides educational programs for expelled students, troubled youth placed in a county-operated juvenile institution, and students on probation who want an alternative to the traditional high school campus. The Juvenile Probation Department is solely responsible for all programs of the Excel Academy Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP), Excel Academy Charter School, and the Education Transition Center (ETC).

About the Position:

The ELA/ESL Teacher provides students with appropriate learning, activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Teachers manage multiple courses during each class period while ensuring student perform at the optimum level and encourage a therapeutic environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develops and implements lesson plans with necessary accommodations that fulfill the requirements of the district's curriculum program, based on TEKS, as well as LPAC requirements for multiple grades and subjects.
  • Maintains accurate student's grades, work, and documentation related to special populations.
  • Creates classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students.
  • Works cooperatively with special education teachers to modify curriculum as needed for special education students according to guidelines established in Individual Education Plans (IEP).

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited university in English or Education.

  • A valid Texas Teaching certification in English and ESL conferred by the Texas State Board of Education.

Additional Requirements:
  • Upon receiving a conditional job offer, every applicant undergoes a criminal background check, drug screening and psychological assessment.
  • Employees who hold this position are required to possess and maintain a valid Texas Driver's license. Employee must maintain liability insurance in at least the minimum amounts required by law.
  • Certified copies of transcripts of educational credentials and/or college credits will be required during hiring process.
  • All applicants are required to present evidence of a tuberculosis (TB) skin test. In the event of a positive test, the applicant will be required to provide additional documentation.
  • Every employee is subject to random testing for drug and alcohol or if there is a reasonable suspicion to believe that the employee is under the influence of a substance prohibited by this policy while in the course and scope of employment.
  • If public emergency is declared by county, staff could be assigned to other duties and/or facilities and/or under the supervision of another county department.
  • Must be 21 years old.

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.

General Information

Position Type and Typical Hours of Work:
  • Grant-funded Full-time
  • Monday - Friday | 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • During school hours

  • $55,569.87 - $67,730.98 (commensurate with years of experience)
  • Bachelors level - $55,569.87 - $66,399.86
  • Masters Level - $57,026.82 - $67,730.98

  • 2525 Murworth Dr, Houston, TX 77054 - Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program

About Harris County Juvenile Probation (HCJPD):

The Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HCJPD) provides supervision and services to youth between the ages of 10 and 17, who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. HCJPD is the largest juvenile probation department in Texas with approximately 1,100 employees and over 3,500 youth referred to the department annually. HCJPD programs and services operate under the direction of the Harris County Juvenile Board. The Administration building is located in Downtown Houston, Texas, with several field offices throughout the County and three secure residential facilities.

Make an impact: Working for HCJPD gives you the opportunity to continue to serve your community and be a positive role model for young people. Our pace of work enables fast learning and fosters an environment where you can make a positive impact.

Professional Growth: We are committed to growing the capabilities of our staff. We are building a learning community where you can work with diverse individuals, explore new ways of thinking, and expand your capabilities. Our employees are Juvenile Justice Practitioners who share their knowledge to enhance each other's growth.

Harris County Juvenile Probation Department - Be an Agent of Change:

Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.


Harris County offers a competitive benefits program, including comprehensive group health and related benefits plan as well as defined benefit retirement plan.

The following list of benefits is offered only to employees in regular (full-time) positions:
  • Medical Coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Coverage
  • Wellness Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ten (10) days of vacation each year for the first five (5) years of service
  • Accrual rates increase based on years of service
  • Eleven (11) County-observed holidays and one (1) floating holiday
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Account
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

The following benefits are also available to regular (full-time) employment and may be available to part-time employees:
  • Retirement Pension (TCDRS)
  • Flexible schedule (varies by department)
  • Transportation Assistance (Metro RideSponsor Program)

In accordance with the Harris County Personnel Regulations, Group Health and related benefits are subject to amendment or discontinuance at any time. Commissioners Court reserves the right to make benefit modifications on the County's behalf as needed.

For plan details, visit the Harris County benefits website:


Which of the following best describes your highest level of education completed as it relates to this position?
  • High School or GED diploma
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree or higher
  • None of the above


If you selected a college degree in response to the previous question, which of the following best describes your major?
  • English
  • Education
  • Other Related Field
  • Unrelated Field
  • N/A; No Degree


Please describe your educational background including level of education completed, area of study and completed major and minor programs.


Do you have a valid Texas Teaching certification in English and ESL conferred by the Texas State Board of Education?
  • Yes
  • No


This role requires a Valid Driver's License (Texas upon hire) Do you have a Valid Driver's License?
  • Yes, I have a Valid Texas Driver's License
  • Yes, I have a Valid Driver's License but understand I must obtain a Valid Texas Driver's License prior to start date
  • No, I'm not interested


Are you at least 21 years of age?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

Agency Harris County

Address 1111 Fannin St

Ste. 600

Houston, Texas, 77002

Phone 713-274-5445


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