Founding Teacher Assistant

Atlanta Unbound Academy - College Park, GA

Why Atlanta Unbound Academy?

AUA will serve as a beacon of academic promise and create a community of students who are the seeds of their ancestor’s wildest dreams-authentic, engaged citizens and leaders of their community who achieve beyond expectations and fuel the advancement and glory of their people. Through rigorous, culturally relevant teaching and a creative, nurturing environment, AUA will empower students who achieve intellectually, interpret the world critically, and dream beyond measure. There are lots of ways you can make an impact and we have a team that is all in. You have the privilege to work with incredible students, and there’s always someone who’s got your back from coaching you through a challenging day to helping you grow professionally and personally. While our environment is urgent, fast-paced and ever-fluctuating, you’ll have all the support (and caffeine) you need to feel successful.

Compassion. Courage. Critical Thinking. – We are AUA.

Why You?

The time is now. There is no more urgent and pressing mission than to provide a rigorous and culturally relevant education to students from low-income communities. We hire passionate professionals determined to ensure that 100% of their students succeed. Anything less would be unacceptable. It’s fast-paced, tiring, sometimes all-consuming, yet fun and rewarding. We need passionate educators committed to raising the bar of excellence for our children. Educators, who believe in open doors, welcome feedback and aren’t afraid to ask for help. An AUA teacher is a self-starter, results-oriented, thinks critically about problems, compassionate and courageous enough to come back each day renewed, with a smile and a sense of humor.

AUA is a great fit for the person who:

  • enjoys creating from scratch and is excited to create a school

  • can take a vision and make it reality when few see it.

  • believes in the value culturally relevant teaching

  • can remain calm in the midst of pressure, especially in difficult conversations with stakeholders

  • has a sense of humor, humility, and urgency, with a customer service mindset

  • believes in doing whatever it takes to meet the goal

  • has strong project and time management skills; ability to effectively backwards plan, juggle multiple priorities with great attention to detail, and deliver consistent and timely results.

  • has an unwavering commitment to AUA’s mission and willingness to go above and beyond to meet the needs of AUA’s students, families, and staff.

The Role

AUA will start with K and 6th grades and will grow two grades each year: one in elementary and one in middle school.

As a start-up school there is much room for growth and development at Atlanta Unbound Academy. The Teaching Assistant’s main responsibility is to support lead classroom teachers.

They are responsible for pulling small groups of students for varying subjects, maintaining discipline in alignment with the lead classroom teacher. The Teaching Assistant may also be asked to support the grade by acting a substitute teacher in the event a lead teacher not in school. They should be comfortable supporting both large and small groups of children, comfortable being in the classroom and out of the classroom possibly at lunch or recess duty. They should be comfortable lesson planning with lead teachers, and communicating with families as well.

Our expectations for teachers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A belief that all students can and will be successful at our schools, including students who present challenges

  • Teach engaging, rigorous, and culturally relevant lessons daily

  • Assume a high level of personal responsibility for the progress of all students

  • Practice a growth mindset about oneself and all others at the school, including seeking help and engaging in self-reflection in order to constantly refine one’s own teaching

  • Dependable attendance according to our extended school year and extended school day

  • Use best practices in alignment with school-wide systems to manage student behavior and create a safe, warm, demanding, and joyful classroom environment

  • Set specific, ambitious growth targets for all students and identify and leverage all necessary resources to ensure they meet them

  • Use best practices, including differentiation with instructional technology and other techniques, to execute engaging instruction at a level rigorous for all students

  • Collaborate throughout each day with grade level and content teams, sharing responsibility for all students at all times.

AUA teachers are supported in their demanding work by experienced and dedicated leadership who have themselves proven successful in the teaching role. The leaders maintain consistent school-wide systems and procedures - academic, behavioral, cultural, logistical - designed to permit teachers to do their best work.

Our supports for teachers include, but are not limited to the following:

  • A recent model of laptop computer

  • Common behavioral expectations upheld by all school staff using an incentive system

  • School leaders who are routinely present throughout the building daily

  • One-on-one meetings with a principal and/or assistant principal once per week to discuss student progress and the teacher’s development

  • Collaboration with grade-level and/or content teams four afternoons per week

  • Time each week devoted to analyzing student data and planning responsive instruction

  • A prep period each day,

  • Frequent in-building professional development from school leadership

  • A rigorous prepared curriculum in ELA, Math, and Science; prepared unit plans and unit assessments for Social Studies

  • Technology support

  • Highly efficient and thoughtful scheduling, including for special events like field lessons or testing windows

  • A team of ambitious, talented staff, every single one committed to our important work


The requirements for a Teacher Assistant are:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required)

  • Two years’ prior success teaching in low-income, urban communities (strongly preferred)


  • Atlanta Unbound Academy offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:

  • Salaries based on experience

  • Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost.

  • Contributions to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) in accordance with Georgia state law

  • An additional, optional 403(b) retirement account

  • Robust professional development

Statement of Non-Discrimination:
AUA is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. AUA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.


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