Military Veterans Initiative

Your next mission begins today.

Fight Educational Inequality

The strengths developed in the military — adaptability, teamwork, mental toughness, and cross-cultural communication — are also the hallmarks of our most successful teachers and staff members. Our goal is to leverage the many talents of veterans and their spouses in service of children.

Brett Chappell served as a Navy SEAL on SEAL Team 8 from 1991 to 1995 and is the recipient of the coveted SEAL trident. After separating from the Navy, Brett found that service and impactful work continued to motivate him, and he entered the education reform space through Teach for America. Today, Brett continues to support educational opportunity at Success Academy where he heads our Military Veterans Outreach and Support Initiative.

Connect and Apply

We have a dedicated team of military veteran recruiters who will respond to emails, review all resumes, support veterans during the interview and onboarding process, and offer opportunities to network with other veterans.

Get in touch by submitting your resume or any questions to


Step 1


Submit your resume and a cover letter online to apply. Please also email veterans@successacademies.org to ensure you are connected with our military veteran recruiters.

Step 2

Phone Interview

If your application suggests that you are a strong fit for our organization, we will schedule an initial interview. At this time, our team may also recommend additional positions that fit your skills.

Step 3

In-person Interview

Following a successful phone call, you will be invited for an in-person meeting. Depending upon the position, you may have one-on-one or group interview(s).

Step 4


If you are accepted for a school role, you will be placed at one of our 46 schools across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. All Network Office employees work at 95 Pine Street in Manhattan.

Working at Success Academy

Hear from military veterans about their experience redefining what’s possible in public education.

After Serving Overseas, a Veteran Finds Success

Five years ago, Andrew Batwash was deployed in Afghanistan. Today, he works as a Business Operations Manager at Success Academy. Andrew’s job description may have changed, but his commitment to public service remains. Find out why Andrew’s new role was a natural transition from the U.S. Army.

Read this blog post

My missions taught me that teamwork across units and branches is the foundation for success and that time management is incredibly important. These skills make me a better educator.