As part of our commitment to improve educational opportunities for Native students, NIEA is invested in ensuring that schools, especially those with high Native student populations, find highly qualified educators. We believe that an integral part of fulfilling this commitment includes growing our Native teaching force to serve Native students.
Joining a Native-majority school can be both professionally and personally rewarding. In addition to preparing students for academic success, teachers promote our core values of respect, compassion, and community. While each school sets their own salary and benefits package, schools may offer a combination of the following benefits. Make sure to ask about hiring bonuses and relocation stipends.
If this describes you, review open positions here. Each job listing will describe specific steps to apply for open roles. Most hiring processes include:
We believe that education is critical to empowering Native communities. NIEA is proud to partner with TNTP, a national education non-profit organization, to help the schools that serve Native students find the great teachers they need. Through this site, we are continuing to build a diverse network of educators and advocates to support Native education. Schools representing hundreds of tribal communities will post employment opportunities available across the United States. This online job board represents a step towards our mission of strengthening the sovereignty of tribal nations and ensuring Native students are taught by culturally responsive teachers. Learn more about TNTP
Neither NIEA or TNTP endorse any schools or positions. Job seekers are encouraged to contact schools directly with questions about open positions.
All Native students deserve an education that equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the classroom and beyond. Today, approximately 644,000 Native students—representing more than 567 sovereign nations—attend a K-12 school, yet only a small fraction of these students are taught by a Native educator.
Education protects our most precious resource—our youth, those who will carry on our culture, language, and traditions. By highlighting teaching positions at Native-majority schools, we hope to increase the number of qualified Native teachers committed to helping students thrive in school and become leaders in their communities.
I believe Native American students are intellectually gifted and that our educational systems haven’t yet maximized their potential. My proudest moment as a teacher was seeing one of my students, who struggled in mathematics, teach graphing linear equations to everyone at her table. The student said, “Look, Dr. Eastman, I’m good at this. I love this topic!” As a teacher, I give 100 percent to teach, mentor, direct, parent, coach, and love my kids.
I'm passionate about making western science cohesive with Hawaiian culture in a place based manner. My proudest moment was when students went up to Wai‘anae valley to remove invasive plants due to their disruption to the ecosystem and their high risk of causing brush fires. That same night a large brush fire took over and kids came to class in tears, asking about the survival of the native plants that we had worked to preserve. Fortunately, an access road had stopped the brush fire from reaching the native plants. Kids were overjoyed, and I teared up at the sight of their joy. Seeing them so into something that was real and important for their community touched my heart.
From the moment they rush in with morning hugs, to when they jump out of their seats to answer questions, my students bring an energy into the classroom that motivates me to ensure that they maintain this love for school and of learning for years to come. Perhaps, the proudest moment that I had as a teacher came from interviewing one of my past students who reflected positively on our year together. As I hear my students talk about their dreams of becoming firefighters, rock stars, and teachers, I know that, as their teacher, I am helping them achieve greatness in my classroom and beyond.
My students and the idea of possibility make me passionate about teaching. My proudest moments as a teacher is whenever a student truly knows that I care about them. As a kama‘āina (local resident) in Hawai‘i, I am committed to the social justice movement focused on improving the future of our local communities through education and putting our underserved students first.
Current Native American Education Liaison | Chandler Unified School District, AZ The biggest reward is being a part of a student’s journey to exploring and developing their cultural identity and academic strengths. Educators must continue to sustain efforts to enable Native youth to develop their cultural identity and become enriched learners and leaders of tomorrow.
I have a unique opportunity to teach the content standards of science and incorporate the Lakota ways and sciences into each lesson. One of many proud moments is the daily excitement and fascination in each of my students’ eyes when they finally figure out the theory or concept behind a lab. Being a teacher means that I have a responsibility to inspire, excite, and create engaging opportunities for students to be successful in both the school setting and life.
Native-majority schools are looking for Native teachers with: