2021 Summer Term Math Teacher at Maya Angelou Academy
Since it began operating in 1997, the See Forever Foundation's mission has been to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. The Foundation operates the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC, as well as the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings’ secure facility for committed youth in Laurel, MD. Our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.
Our mission at the Academy is to provide a safe, nurturing and mutually respectful environment that motivates and prepares each student to fulfill his academic or career potential. With the support of a wide circle of caring adults, students will develop the skills they need to make sound decisions and lead rewarding lives.
If you are interested in learning more about See Forever, please visit our website at www.seeforever.org.
At the Maya Angelou Schools, the key to our success is rooted in building trusting, respectful and nurturing relationships with each other. We strive to create safe spaces for all to be able to reach their limitless potential. We are at our best when we work together to ensure the unique needs of our community are met. We empower each other to grow successfully so we can see forever! This is how we live the Maya Way, even when no one is watching.
Core Beliefs and Desired Characteristics
Candidates should possess an unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond. Candidates should also believe that all students have strengths and talents and that good teachers help students find them and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears. In addition, candidates should exhibit the following characteristics:
Honesty & Integrity: Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidence. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully.
Analytical skills: able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it; exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights
Persistence: Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
Strategic thinking/visioning: Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way; determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends
Flexibility/adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions; copes effectively with complexity and change
Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has can do attitude.
The Maya Angelou Academy is seeking a math teacher for its six-week summer program. The summer program will run from June 23 to July 30, 2021. This will be a half-day program beginning at 7:30 and ending at 12:30, and will take place in-person. The scholars are young men generally of high-school age who are working towards their high-school diploma or GED.
The math offered will be designed for a three-week curriculum that will be given twice during the summer period to two different groups of scholars. While we do have a planned curriculum that was used in part last summer, we are very open to creative alternative ideas. The main goal is for us to create a relevant and engaging summer science experience.
While class sizes are very small, the youth we work with have generally not been very successful in school so often need a lot of individual help and instruction.
Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
Assessing individual learning styles and adapting teaching methods to fit
Creating a classroom and school environment that engages student interest, promotes student leadership and stimulates student learning
Having thoughtful approaches to teaching concepts and sparking student interest while also imparting essential factual knowledge
Managing administrative assignments effectively and with a high level of professionalism and integrity
Modeling and contributing to a school culture of hope and high expectations for achievement
Committing to individualized education for all students, so that students with IEPs do not feel stigmatized and receive the services to which they are entitled
Bachelor’s degree in education or subject field
Must have or be eligible for certification in the appropriate content area
Experience working with incarcerated or at-risk youth is desirable
Salary and Benefits
Our rates are comparable to those of other schools in the District of Columbia area. This is a part-time and temporary position therefore no additional benefits will be offered.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter along with your application. Resumes and cover letters should be in MS Word or PDF.
See Forever is an equal opportunity employer. We believe a diverse staff is a better, more effective staff.