At Great Hearts Irving, we believe that teaching is more than just a job—it’s a calling. Great Hearts’ Core Purpose (and, therefore, the core purpose of every Great Hearts teacher) is “to cultivate the minds and hearts of students in the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.” There are few vocations with a nobler goal than that.

“[One] who has once lived in a society where the moral and intellectual tone was high, has by that very fact had his courage raised to attempt things of which otherwise he would never have dreamed.” –Edward Caird

Our view of learning is borne witness to by the greatest thinkers of the Western Tradition. We stand as the latest participants in the millennia-long Great Conversation inaugurated by Homer, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, continued by Augustine, Boethius, and Thomas Aquinas, and brought forward into the present day by John Henry Newman, Josef Pieper, and Louise Cowan. The ideas and principles of teaching and learning we espouse are those that have withstood the test of time and speak to the very heart of what it means to live a virtuous human life.

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The best way to let us know of your passion for teaching is to tell us a little bit about yourself. You can also email us any time at Whether you’re falling in love with teaching for the first time, or you’ve been teaching for 20 years and want to come to a school where you can fall in love with it again, we’d love to talk more.

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