Ector County Independent School District is hiring a full–time harp instructor for grades K–12 in Odessa, Texas. Open to harp teachers with a bachelor’s degree and a valid Texas teaching certificate, the ideal candidate should have “strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills” with internship or student teaching experience. Vincent Pierce, who is stepping down after five years in the position, says, “The Ector County ISD harp program is a gem in the heart of west Texas. I have wonderful kids, tons of harps, and a great arts community here. It’s hard to leave, but it’s a great opportunity for someone new.” When asked to share specifics about the role, he says, “The harp program is self–contained and is a full–time, certified, salaried position with benefits. The students come from a variety of backgrounds, and a teacher who can support the students musically and personally will be a great fit for the job. There is a lot to learn about the Texas education system, but there is a great network of colleagues here to help. The kids are hard–working and make a great team.” The job posting lists a salary range of $50,000–$74,500 per year.
Currently, the program includes 24 harp students in grades 4–12 across three different campuses: Milam Fine Arts Magnet Elementary, Ector Middle School, and Odessa High School. Students in the ECISD harp program have performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and most recently in Lyon & Healy’s Harptacular concert series in Dallas, Texas.
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