Hamilton County Schools: Grow Your Own Programs

Future Ready 2023

Future Ready 2023:  Great Teachers and Leaders 

At the heart of Hamilton County's strategic plan, Future Ready 2023, are great teachers and leaders.  Hamilton County will attract, develop, and retain top talent across all educational and operational areas, including through our Grow Your Own programs. 

Why Grow Your Own? 

Hamilton County Schools' Grow your Own Programs assists Hamilton County classified staff with becoming excellent classroom teachers.  The goal of these programs is to recruit and support high-performing classified personnel, help them reach their career goals of becoming a teacher, and provide an outstanding teacher for students.  

Candidate Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Current Hamilton County Schools classified staff working with PreK-12 students
  • Bachelor's Degree (required) and 2.75 (strongly preferred) 
  • Interest in teaching Exceptional Education, Secondary Math, Secondary Science, Secondary ELA, Spanish, or Elementary Grades 
  • Commitment to complete coursework and attend cohort meetings, as determined by the program.
  • Desire to teach in a Title-I setting
  • Commitment to teach in Hamilton County for three years

Hamilton County Schools is committed to fostering a community of excellence, diversity, and inclusion.  We encourage applications from underrepresented communities and candidates who will contribute to a diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Teacher Spotlight: Ricky Hardaway

Mr. Hardaway is a 45+ year veteran of Hamilton County Schools, and is an example of why we must grow our own.  Mr. Hardaway worked for years as a custodian, maintenance worker, and electrician.  He is in his first year teaching vocational education classes in the area of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing at East Ridge High School's Institute of Building Construction.