Job Purpose: Gain an understanding of the teaching profession by developing methods and strategies of classroom instruction in a small school environment that allows the person to: teach students in a classroom setting, to create an environment favorable to learning and personal growth in accordance with each student’s needs and ability. The teacher is responsible for the education of the students entrusted to his/her care through both delivery of the instructional program and modeling of appropriate skills, attitudes and behaviors. It is the teacher who motivates, encourages, and inspires students to excel in all their endeavors and who sets goals and expectations that challenge students to meet and expand their potentials. The success of each student hinges on the success and vigilance of the teacher.
Who We Are:Grace Academy is a tuition-free middle school serving underprivileged girls in Hartford. The all-girls’ school is part of a 70 school NativityMiguel network which has a track record of success in inner city areas across the states. Grace Academy opened in 2010 and serves girls grade five through eight. We remain intentionally small with 15 students per grade. Grace Academy allows girls to:
develop a sense of personal responsibility and character, and
be the agents of transformation in their families, community and society.
The Fellows Program: Individuals who are interested in social justice and have a passion for working with adolescents, are hired as resident interns and receive training and support through our Teacher Fellows Program. Fellows play an integral part in the life of our school, work as full-time teachers and coaches, and receive teacher training and support.
Monthly allowance (approximately $1,200/month through the AmeriCorps program)
Community living in Temple Street townhouses in Hartford
Educational loans forbearance (during period of service)
AmeriCorps education grant (approx. $5,920 annually) for continuing education or education loans
Master’s programs available at University of St. Joseph
Qualities and Attitude:
An understanding of the NativityMiguel model and mission, of his/her role as a vocation, which necessitates a willingness to engage in professional growth and one’s own spiritual reflection and formation.
A pledge to engage in a caring, responsible, and loving human relationship with each student entrusted to his/her care, looking upon each student as a younger sister.
Patience, generosity, excellent work ethic, humility, confidence, and a good sense of humor.
Be present, ready to work and on time for all scheduled hours - school days, field trips & PD workshops as defined by the school calendar.
Provides positive learning experiences and teaches the course of study prescribed by the school-approved curriculum.
Plans culturally responsive lessons, incorporating diverse cultural materials and learning styles.
Motivates students by connecting with them through relationships and connecting curriculum with their lives.
Plans lessons that incorporate multiple intelligences into learning.
Differentiates instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
Disciplines effectively, according to the Handbook, keeping in mind the needs of the students.
Uses authentic and varied forms of assessment of and for learning.
Documents student progress and prepares information for parents/guardians such as mid-terms, finals, student portfolios, progress reports and report cards.
Communicates often with parents/guardians especially about successes, but certainly to give them warning of the first sign of a student’s possible failure.
Attends parent/guardian conferences to discuss student progress.
Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
Creates an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays such as bulletin boards, etc.
Maintains professional competence through in-service professional development activities provided by the school, attends professional development workshops/conferences, and/or university courses.
Other responsibilities and supervision duties as assigned, including, but not limited to: substitute teaching; breakfast, lunch, recess & dismissal duties; chaperoning of field trips; coaching or assisting a coach with sports; etc.
Works in collaboration with the Administrators, Instructional Coaches, and School Counselor(s) to provide a quality faith-based education for each student.
Completed a Bachelors degree in any subject
About Grace Academy
Grace Academy is a tuition-free, private middle school (5th-8th grade) for inner-city girls living in the most vulnerable neighborhoods of Hartford, CT. Founded in 2010, Grace Academy is intentionally small, serving 60 students. Grace adheres to the nine mission effective standards of the NativityMiguel model of education and provides an exceptional educational opportunity to girls from families of limited economic means. In a structured learning environment – including a 10-hour school day, individual tutoring and small classes – our students develop the character, skills and discipline needed to become productive citizens. We are committed to the success of our students not only in middle school, but – with guidance, tutoring and financial support – in high school and college.