ESL Teacher (Immediate Opening)

Website Freedom Prep Academy Charter Schools

Education is Freedom!


Freedom Prep Academy Charter Schools, a Memphis-based network, prepare all students in grades Pre-K through 12 to excel in college and in life. Freedom Preparatory Academy opened in August of 2009 with a class of 96 6th graders. We now serve over 2400 students in grades PreK-12. Our students have exceeded local and state averages in math and local averages in English language arts on the state exam.

We have three core beliefs that drive our mission: Every child deserves the right to a high-quality public education, a foundation in character development is essential, and direct exposure to an array of opportunities and experiences provides each child with the self-confidence and social knowledge to compete globally. We will accomplish our mission through a highly structured, academically rigorous environment where students will master the core subjects, develop advanced academic skills, and demonstrate the school’s core values of: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Excellence, and Community.

Respect– Shows respect to all members of our school community through words and actions

Responsibility – Takes ownership of work flow and products, is proactive / solutions-oriented

Integrity – Is trustworthy and reliable and a person of their word. follows through every time

Community – Demonstrates a consistent and positive commitment to our school’s success

Excellence – Shows excellence in all work habits, sweats the details, continuously grows


Freedom Preparatory Academy seeks an experienced ESL (English as a Second Language) elementary teacher specializing in Grades K-5 for our growing network of charter schools. As an ESL teacher at Freedom Prep Academy, you will organize courses for non-native English speakers with diverse activities and methods that cover all aspects of the English language (speaking, writing, and comprehension). As an ESL teacher in our network, you will create individualized learning plans (ILPs) based on each student’s needs and evaluate progress through homework and assessments. Our ESL teachers build strong relationships with parents & caregivers and help them evaluate student progress as a team. Our ESL teachers are organized and maintain all federal compliance, ILPs and monthly submissions to the district office. If you love English, education and have a calm & positive personality, we’d like to meet you.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Freedom Preparatory Academy welcomes teachers who are relentless in their aim to see student growth and who want to hone their skills as effective teachers in the classroom. We are also seeking applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to the educational mission, vision, and goals of Freedom Prep Academy.

Below are some of the tasks required of teachers:
Embodies and models the network’s core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, community, and excellence for our students, families, and colleagues
Upholds the school culture of high academic and behavioral expectations through continuous reflection, flexibility, and growth
Fosters students’ positive view of self and supports children’s learning through social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development
Communicates effectively and maintains strong relationships with students, families, and colleagues
Creates and maintains positive classroom culture and community
Create individualized learning plans for students identified as English Language Learners
Research new teaching methods for teaching English as a Second Language
Collaborate with other general education and Special Education teachers to discuss student progress and action plan for student success
Uses detailed data analysis of student performance to inform best practices
Reinforces school-wide rules and expectations in the classroom, including lesson planning, curriculum & course development, assignment creation, assessments, and other curricular materials
Maintains accurate, complete and correct records as required by law, administrative and district regulations
Works an extended school day to allow for collaboration, professional development, and ample communication with parents and other staff members
Works closely with the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, and Dean of Students to develop and implement strategies for all students to reach success
Completes other tasks as assigned by the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, or other School Based Administrative employees



Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree strongly preferred
Degree in English Language, English Literature or similar field preferred


Valid Tennessee teaching license and endorsement(s) in the hired content area -OR-
Valid teaching license from a state that offers reciprocity with TN -OR-
Enrollment in a certification program with eligibility for a recommendation of licensure by the program or district
Eligibility for Tennessee teaching license required
ESL or TESOL certification


Two to four years of urban teaching and educational leadership experience is preferred
Previous experience as an ESL teacher or similar role
Knowledge of various methods of teaching English to non-native speakers
Ability to work with a variety of learning abilities, including those with low skill levels in a heterogeneously grouped classroom setting
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite programs
Great organizational and communication skills
A calm and resilient personality
Ability to handle classroom crises

REPORTS TO:                   Head of School/Director of Student Support

PTO POLICY:                    Support Based Administrative

BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION: We are excited that you are inspired or called to learn more about our mission, values, and potential opportunities. We’d encourage you to explore a few additional resources about us, the recent investment for what’s possible, and why you should consider our community as a place for you to become a part of. We are one of the few networks that centers the whole person and their needs to thrive and support themselves and their families in the South.

Check out some of the unique and rare benefits here, including but not limited to:

Paying higher, scaffolded teacher salaries from Year 1 to retirement stage
Zero dollar monthly premium options, including holistic options such as chiropractic or acupuncture care
Focus on staff well-being and collective care through our Adult Social-Emotional Learning
Support in obtaining licensure
At Freedom Prep, we strive towards trust and transparency in our application process. Our salary range starts at $46,000 to $75,200 for lead teaching positions, commensurate with experience, content expertise and potential in our high-needs placement. Additionally, stipends will be available to new hires and current employees who accept positions for our high-needs placements: Westwood Elementary, SPED, ESL, and/or STEM placements in Grades 6-12.

Placement at our Westwood Elementary campus: $3,000 for licensed teachers; $2,000 for teachers on a permit path; $1,000 for teaching assistants
ESL Placement: $3,000 for licensed teachers; $2,000 for teachers on a permit path
STEM placement for grades 6-12: $3,000 for licensed teachers; $2,000 for teachers on a permit path
SPED placement for grades 6-12: $3,000 for licensed teachers; $2,000 for teachers on a permit path (SPED interventionists)

Please review the exact breakdown of our salary scale here. We will also pay teachers on scale if they are eligible for a permit in the interim pursuit of their licensure. During the interview process, we will align on salary expectations and continue to have transparent conversations at every stage.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY: Freedom Preparatory Academy is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced team of educators. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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