The mission of STAR Academy is to become an educational incubator that promotes innovative teaching and learning with a global perspective and to ensure the highest academic achievement in a safe and nurturing environment. Students will be creative thinkers and sustain all knowledge to be effective leaders in their communities and abroad. In 2022-2023, we will serve more than 300 students in grades K through 6.
Elementary Teachers are the heartbeat of the educational journey, as you play a memorable role in establishing the pace of learning in the lives of children. Our teachers hold an unassailable command on effective, high-quality pedagogy and the most innovative teaching practices. Our teachers are the masters of their subjects, the yet lifelong learners themselves who are always ready to take their mastery to the next level. Our teachers are constantly reading and empowering themselves by exploring the newest, most creative instructional resources. Our teachers believe in joy, trust our students, value our parents, and embrace taking risks. As our name denotes, a Star teacher shines in all circumstances!
- Embody the mission and vision of STAR Academy and uphold a culture of high expectations.
- Teachers will plan, organize, and implement rigorous lessons/activities that will facilitate active learning experiences.
- Provide whole class, individualized and differentiated instruction support to ensure students master all standards and performance goals.
- Follow the school-wide procedures in implementing classroom routines, policies, rituals, programs, and systems that support academic achievement and social-emotional development.
- Result-driven educational leader with experience in, and commitment to, standards-based curriculum and the use of data and assessments to drive instructional decisions.
- Use relevant technology to support instruction.
- Provide appropriate feedback to students, parents, and school administration on the student’s academic progress.
- Understand and use best practices as it relates to student data, instructional planning, and building positive relationships with the classroom.
- Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development.
- Participate in professional development sessions, school and parent meetings as well as supporting STAR Academy in any and all endeavors.
- Stay updated with developments in content areas, teaching strategies, resources and methods relevant to changes in education.
- Establish and communicate clear objective for all learning activities.
- Communicate regularly to students and parents of their academic and social behavior.
- Support the STAR culture of innovation, citizenship, nurture, and hands-on learning.
- Appropriate, professional dress is required to avoid unnecessary distractions.
- Collaborate and assist in maintaining the STAR culture throughout the school day.
- Maintain a positive, successful, student-first school culture.
- Passion and commitment to urban education and closing the achievement gap.
- An ability to manage an urban classroom that uses discipline, structure, positive incentives, and high expectations to achieve measurable academic and civic success.
- Ambition and desire to grow as an educational leader.
- Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of college preparatory curriculum, STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts, and mathematics), and coding.
- Leadership/Integrity – Effectively communicates the School’s shared purpose; builds trust among colleagues; is accountable; lives up to commitments.
- Team Player/Commitment to Cause – Understands the big picture and manages position’s areas of responsibility in a manner consistent with STAR’s innovative agenda.
- Interpersonal Skills – Relates to and communicates well with employees, faculty, and other staff members in a cooperative manner that helps others to achieve their best.
- Productivity/Organizing/Planning – Meets deadlines, demonstrates effective use of time, and handles multiple assignments simultaneously.
- Willingness to Acknowledge Areas for Growth – Understands need for growth and is receptive to constructive feedback in instructional and cultural practices.
Required + Preferred Qualifications
- Tennessee Certification(required);
- At least 2 years of elementary teaching experience (urban setting preferred); completion of an Educator Preparation Program (EPP).
- Demonstrated knowledge of pedagogy, classroom innovation, technology inclusion, and content delivery for elementary grades (Kindergarten through Sixth Grade).
- Demonstrated evidence in developing instructional plans using data to drive instruction and various resources, particularly digital and STREAM resources.
- A bachelor’s degree or higher in elementary education.
STAR offers a competitive salary, benefits, and professional development and welcomes candidates who add to the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of the school community.
Job Type: Full-time