Opportunity. Support. Community.

Join our crew of educators, committed to providing a culturally responsive educational experience for all scholars that builds academic competence, habits of work and scholarship, and self-actualization. It is our belief that through this lens, we empower scholars to be limitless in accomplishing their future goals and becoming change agents in society.

U Prep, is a learning community committed to a set of core values and strengthening its culture. Here we value and recognize the contributions of each and every crew member in the collective work that we do to prepare scholars for success in life.

At U Prep, we offer competitive compensation packages, support the growth of our employees through intentional and relevant professional development, and provide opportunities for advancement from within.

We are looking to grow our crew and have openings for teaching and support staff, substitute teachers, operations personnel, athletic coaches, and administrative professionals.

Opportunity, Support, and Real Community is what we offer at the U. Click here to review current open positions and become a part of the U Prep Crew!

Below is a snapshot of the benefits we provide:

Medical Coverage:
We have coverage available to fit your needs. Choose from three comprehensive plans and share the cost with U Prep Schools. We also provide employees free access to Blue Care Online Visits, a service that connects you to a national network of U.S. board-certified physicians who can resolve many medical issues via phone or online video consultation.
Flexible Spending Accounts:
We provide employees access to flexible spending accounts to put aside tax free dollars for health and dependent care expenses.
Retirement Savings Plan 401(k):
With 100% contribution match of 6% up to $6,000 per year after one year of service. All employer contributions are fully vested after 3 years of service.
Career Development:
We provide robust career development through intentional Professional Development, ongoing coaching and feedback, and support through Grand Valley State University. GVSU supports our teachers continuing their education by providing 50% to 80% scholarship in the Master of Education and Education Specialist programs for up to 12 credits per academic year.
Additional Insurance Plans:
We know more coverage is always better — that is why we also include Dental, Vision, accident, critical illness, hospital indemnity and pet insurance for your furry friends to any plan at your request.
Additional Life Insurance:
Supplemental life insurance policies can be added on to your U Prep Schools provided life insurance.
Eight Sick and Four Personal Days:
We understand– life happens and we provide each employee with 8 sick days a 4 personal days. Unused sick days carry over to the next year and an attendance bonus is awarded for those who have not used more than four sick and personal days combined in a given year.
Master Teachers Program:
The objective of this program is to develop master teachers to be culturally responsive, restorative, and possess a highly proficient conceptual understanding of content. The U Prep teacher fellow will develop strong content knowledge, culturally responsive pedagogical practices, and new century teaching skills that will lead to National Board certification. Teachers in this program will eventually be able to mentor other teachers in our network to be more culturally responsive, restorative, and share strong content lessons and practices.

Meet Some Of Our Faculty And Staff

As a tenured special education teacher with U Prep schools, I am honored to be a member of an innovative and culturally responsive learning community. Our school immerses scholars in deeper learning skills, growth mindset, career exploration, and real-world experiences. The past nine years have provided me with so many opportunities to advocate, teach and support our exceptional scholars who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. As a U Prep Mentor Teacher and Master Fellow, I have the opportunity to learn, share and reflect on effective teaching practices to increase student engagement, agency, and voice. I am especially grateful for the celebration of Black Excellence at the U. U Prep is truly transforming the world through education and I am fortunate to be a part of it all

Paulette O. Gadson

UPA Middle School Learning Specialist

This is my third year as an 8th grade ELA Teacher at U Prep Art & Design. I love teaching in an environment where my growth as an educator is constant. My administration is extremely supportive, and promotes creativity, culturally relevant teaching and pushes me to be my best for my students, which helps them thrive in the classroom and eventually, in life. More than anything, I appreciate that the school community as a whole works collaboratively, and uplifts one another. I feel like I’m a part of a family at U Prep, and that’s important to me.

Booker McCain

UPAD Middle School 8th grade ELA Teacher

University Prep is a school district that designs it’s entire philosophy and motto around supporting the culture of the scholar and developing its staff. As an educator, this is rare to find. As an alumni, it wasn’t long ago that I walked out these same doors as a young adult ready for my journey. I remember the passionate educators that once inspired me to be the woman I’ve become, therefore I knew starting my career as a 1st Grade teacher at Ellen Thompson was only a mere transition to a place that was like family. Here, I feel supported, and the same foundations that I have been trained to teach to my scholars, are also extended to me. Truly, I know, “I have the right to be here!” Yes, the work of an educator is challenging but I am constantly reminded on this journey that I am not alone on this conquest.

Aletha Cole-Williams

UPA Elementary – Ellen Thompson Campus 1st grade Teacher

This is my seventh year teaching String Orchestra at UPA Middle School. I have grown tremendously as an educator in my seven-years at U Prep, and in those years I have also witnessed the growth in the U Prep Schools network, overall. The work here is transformational for students, families and staff. Our network is filled with dedicated, passionate and hard-working professionals who lead with the highest expectations for every scholar, and a charge to ensure they succeed in life. Our network’s culture and the way in which we care for our students is extraordinary. We’re not just educators, we’re life coaches, cheerleaders, counselors and extended family. We’re the village that helps to bring out the best in every child. We genuinely love and care for our students, and it shows.

Adam Taylor 

UPA Middle School Orchestra Director

Learn about U Prep Schools Culture/Core Values.