Relay Teaching Residency: Denver

Two female graduate students work collaboratively during a Relay Denver workshop.

The Relay Teaching Residency is a groundbreaking teacher-preparation program that offers a unique and powerful pathway for aspiring teachers to begin a long-term career in the classroom.

Dean of Relay Denver Therese-Zosel Harper works with a male graduate student during a workshop.

During the two-year program, residents experience a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession, complete a master’s degree, and earn a full-time teaching position at a high-performing school.

In their first year, residents immerse themselves in their schools, working directly with students under the close supervision of a mentor teacher. Residents simultaneously enroll in Relay, where they take classes on core teaching techniques and content-specific instruction, then rehearse those techniques and receive expert feedback during weekly practice sessions with faculty and classmates. Successful first-year residents transition into lead teaching roles in the second year of the program, when they complete their master’s degrees at Relay.

Upon completion, residents have a portfolio of professional achievements, a toolkit of practical teaching strategies, and two years of full-time work experience in a supportive urban public school. Relay works closely with some of the strongest public schools and charter networks in Denver—including DSST Public Schools, Denver Math & Literacy FellowsSTRIVE Preparatory Schools, Rocky Mountain Prep, University Prep, KIPP Colorado Schools, Roots Elementary, and Ashley Elementary—to place residents in dynamic and supportive public schools across Denver. We are particularly interested in applicants who graduated from Denver schools and want to teach at their alma maters.

Acknowledgement of Support

The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. All Teaching Residents will have the opportunity to serve as AmeriCorps members and will complete the AmeriCorps application process. For more information on AmeriCorps at Relay, please email

Dean of Relay Denver Therse Zosel-Harper works with teachers during a workshop