Middle School and High School  

Travis Hill School at the Orleans Justice Center and Juvenile Justice Intervention Center 

Background on the Schools: There are two Travis Hill Schools (Schools) in New Orleans.  One is located inside of the Youth Study Center, the detention facility for New Orleans teens who are being held pre-trial, and the other is located inside of the Orleans Justice Center, the pretrial detention facility for adults (and teens charged as adults).  


The Travis Hill Schools are run by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS). CEEAS is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving schools in juvenile justice facilities across the nation. Additional information about CEEAS and the Travis Hill School is available at our website, and


The School, the Opportunity:  Just over 40 students are held at the YSC and attend School on a daily basis. There are two fairly distinct groups of students at the YSC. One group, generally those facing juvenile charges, is held at the YSC, on average, for approximately two weeks.  The second group, generally those facing adult charges, often remain at the YSC for six to nine months. Nearly all of the students who pass through the YSC have faced school failure--many did not attend school regularly and have been suspended or expelled, most are far behind their peers academically, and 30-40% of them have special education needs. They all, though, have hopes and dreams, skills and talents, and family and friends who care for them.


At the School, our mission is to provide each student we serve with the best educational experience of his or her life, to ensure that each is successful in our School and finds a reason to be excited about learning, and to prepare each student to succeed when they return home.


Position Description: The Substitute Teacher will play a critical role in supporting the academic foundation and educational climate at the YSC School. Travis Hill has a small staff of committed teachers.  We are looking to have one or more substitute teachers to be available when teachers are out of school (for training, professional development, illness, planned days off).


This is not a full- or set part-time position. Rather, we are looking to find one or more individuals who we know and trust who we can reach out to in advance when we have teachers out of the building--ie., our own small substitute ‘pool.’


We are looking for a substitute teacher who truly believes all students can succeed, who believes that students who are detained or incarcerated deserve the best education possible, and who is relentless and won’t stop working when it gets difficult. We want a teacher who is grounded in doing what is right and just, who is self-reflective and isn’t afraid to ask for help, and who is willing and open to trying new and innovative ways to reach students.


For the right person, this is a perfect opportunity to work on occasionally as a substitute teacher at an innovative school.


Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ability teach at both the middle and high school level

  • Two or more years of teaching experience

  • Eligible for certification in Louisiana in one or more content areas

  • An understanding of what it means to make learning relevant and meaningful

  • An unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond

  • Firm belief that all students have strengths and talents and that a good teacher helps students find these and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears

  • Embrace and nurture a school culture that requires all staff to work beyond the traditional school hours and school year in order to create an environment filled with hope and high expectations, where students will radically improve their academic, employment and socio-emotional skills

  • Possess an unrelenting belief that all students can achieve and succeed


Compensation/Stipend: Substitute teachers will earn $125 per day and will be paid as w-9 contractors. This is not a salaried position.


To apply: To apply be a Substitute Teacher at the Travis Hill School,  CLICK HERE . Interviews for this position will begin immediately.


CEEAS is an equal opportunity employer.  We believe that a diverse staff is a better staff.  Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply to work at the School.


For additional information about CEEAS and the School, please visit our website at


Effective: June 2019