Founding Kindergarten Teacher

Atlanta Unbound Academy - College Park, GA

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.

An AUA Kindergarten teacher sets the foundation for a child’s life and thus performs beyond statistical expectations in part because our teachers are exceptional. Kindergarten teachers share their classrooms with teacher aides, and are considered the lead teacher in the classroom, responsible for teaching all subjects including, reading, math, writing, and social studies/science. At AUA there are varying methods of delivering instruction to children, including small group work, co/parallel teaching, whole group teaching and pulling students one on one. Classroom teachers are also supported by paraprofessionals, a special education coordinator, and a behavior specialist as needed.

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
  • Communicate frequently and consistently with students and families, including after school via phone, regarding academics, behavior, logistics, and homework help
  • 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 to backwards plan weekly and daily instruction that is tightly aligned to prescribed unit objectives and student needs as demonstrated by assessment data
  • Assess students daily, weekly, and at the ends of units and analyze and share assessment data through school-wide systems
  • 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

 

REQUIREMENTS

The requirements for a Classroom Teacher are:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Georgia teacher license (strongly preferred)
  • Two years’ prior success teaching in low-income, urban communities (strongly preferred)

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • 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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