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Independent Reading Teacher

STEM Prep Academy Vision:
Graduates of STEM Prep will become persistent and steadfast problem-solvers, active leaders in the community, and highly engaged and empathetic citizens of the world. By cultivating a community of learning and academic excellence, STEM Prep will bolster the number of underrepresented students who graduate from the most competitive postsecondary programs and universities in the country and lead the discoveries and innovations of the future.
What you need to know about STEM:
STEM Preparatory Academy is a public charter school that serves over one thousand students in grades 5-12. The STEM Prep student body is made up of a unique, highly diverse population from Southeast Nashville. We have one of the highest percentage of Hispanic and Latino students in the state and serve nearly half of the highest-poverty neighborhoods in Nashville. Roughly 80% of STEM Prep students have been classified as English Learners during their academic career
STEM Prep is among the highest performing public middle schools in Tennessee. STEM has been recognized as a Reward School by the state of Tennessee for performing in the top 5% of schools in the state for progress and growth. Since our inception, students have consistently outperformed their peers in both the district and state in every subject area and 100% of our graduating seniors were accepted into college. 

STEM Preparatory Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, color, age, and/or disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services, or activities. STEM Prep does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.
The Independent Reading Teachers at STEM Preparatory Academy will oversee the implementation of the Accelerated Reader program for a specific grade level. A strong AR teacher will invest students in their own growth and foster a love for reading in each child. The AR teacher should have a strong love for young adult fiction and be able to manage a classroom effectively.
All STEM Prep teachers are responsible for cultivating and sustaining the STEM Prep culture of care, excellence, and achievement through modeling learning and leadership behaviors for students, teachers, parents, and all members of the community. Associate Interventionists report to the Academic Deans and School Director.
  • Build strong relationships with students that encourage their success.
  • Read aloud fluently and with expression.
  • Monitor and assess individualized remediation lessons and independent student work aligned to national and state content standards, and internal STEM Prep goals and benchmarks.
  • Engage in continuous and sustained reflection on teaching practices and leadership behaviors, and adapt methods as needed to achieve school goals and performance objectives.
  • Develop strong and sustained relationships with parents and members of the community by creating opportunities for involvement in students’ learning and development.
  • Plan and collaborate with STEM Prep teachers and colleagues to reach shared goals and objectives.
  • Foster a motivating, supportive, learning-centered culture of excellence in a well-structured and managed classroom.
  • Be innovative. Create exciting and engaging, inquiry-oriented learning activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • A commitment to STEM Preparatory Academy and its values; an understanding of STEM Preparatory Academy’s mission and unwavering commitment to fulfill it.
  • A self-starter interested in working in a fast-paced, startup environment that requires flexible roles.
  • A high level of personal integrity and professionalism.
  • An unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and high expectations of all students.
  • A capacity to motivate and lead in order to yield the highest academic performance possible from all students.
  • A team-oriented approach and the ability to effectively communicate.
  • Ability to give constructive feedback to facilitate student growth and academic achievement.
  • Openness to receive feedback on issues that will facilitate growth and achievement of both students and faculty.
  • A teaching license is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Perks of being a Charger!
·      Free coffee—always stocked!
·       24 hour/7 day access to building and track
·       Unlimited copies with copy machines that staple and hole-punch
·       Provided school supplies and decorations for your classroom at the beginning of the year 
·       A projector and document camera in every classroom
·       A school issued laptop to use for the school year 
·       Instructional coaching and frequent professional development to help you achieve student outcomes
·       Multiple lunches, breakfasts, and dinners provided throughout the school year
·       Teacher salary is 10% higher than MNPS!
·       Great benefits including vision, dental, medical, and life
·       Assistance with personal financial planning and retirement savings 
·       Provided curriculum for math, science, reading, and composition teachers
·       Staff outings
·       Ample number of breaks in accordance to the school calendar
·       Generous maternity/paternity leave 
·       Protective school leaders and administrative staff when it comes to dealing with uncooperative parties
·       Referral bonuses up to $1,000 for recruiting teammates 
·       Stipends for presenting at a local, regional, or national conference 
·       Tuition reimbursement for hard-to-staff positions