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Career Center
June 3, 2019

Lead Science Teacher

Esperanza Academy
Lawrence MA United States
5th - 8th
Position Starts: June 30, 2019
Application Deadline: Until Filled

ABOUT ESPERANZA ACADEMY: Esperanza Academy is seeking a full-time science teacher for grades five through eight. Esperanza Academy is an independent, tuition-free middle school (grade 5-8) in the Episcopal tradition where 60 underserved girls from Lawrence, Massachusetts are welcomed into an empowering learning community.  Founded in 2006, Esperanza offers its students a transformative education that integrates a rigorous academic curriculum using 1:1 technology devices with co-curricular programs in athletics, the arts, clubs, community service, cultural enrichment, social skills, spirituality, and outdoor education. Our students attend extended school days and an extended school year, in classrooms averaging 15 students, using a co-teaching model in most subjects.  This holistic educational approach has accrued a remarkable track record: Our graduates attend 23 different secondary schools—more than two-thirds of each graduating class has earned full scholarships to independent day and boarding schools— and boast a 100% high-school graduation rate. Eighty percent (80%) of eligible Esperanza graduates are also enrolled in college. Esperanza Academy is 100% privately funded. We are accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England and members of the NativityMiguel Coalition.

OUR STUDENTS: Esperanza Academy serves 62 middle school girls, who are 95% Latina and 91% have learned English as a second language. One hundred percent (100%) of incoming students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.  Students gain admission through a lottery. While Esperanza is a school rooted in the Episcopal tradition, nearly all of our students come from other religious traditions. Families support the school through nominal enrollment fees and by adult volunteerism in the school.

The ideal candidate will possess most or all of these qualifications:

  • 3+ years of science teaching experience, preferably with students in an urban setting and/or middle school age.
  • A bachelor’s degree in science education or relevant field
  • Ability to effectively manage a classroom with diverse social-emotional needs in a positive, and consistent way that fosters academic progress and appropriate behavior.  
  • Ability to create, communicate, and hold students accountable to high expectations and learning goals aligned with high school and college-preparation standards.
  • Ability to provide student-centered instruction, particularly through discussion, and inquiry-based, collaborative learning, and discussion.
  • Ability to facilitate a hands-on, lab-oriented program.
  • An inquiry-based approach to teaching, including an interest in innovative practices, elements of sustainability and ongoing professional development.
  • Ability to design assignments and assessments that provide effective feedback on growth and proficiency to students, families, and teachers.
  • Ability to use data to inform instruction.
  • A sense of humor and flexibility
  • Openness to the role that spirituality plays in education
  • Strong personal commitment to the school’s core values of Wisdom, Integrity,  Leadership, and Service
  • Ability to promote equity and inclusion both within the classroom and the school community at large.


  • Teach 4 sections of science
  • Integrate classroom technologies that enhance teaching, learning, and preparing students for the future
  • Interest and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary initiatives such as STEAM
  • Participate actively in the growth of the science department, including work in activity­-based and/or project­-based learning and design thinking
  • Pursue appropriate professional development and remain abreast of changes in science education and pedagogy
  • Represent the department through committee membership, attendance at faculty and department meetings, and other community initiatives
  • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with all community stakeholders including parents
  • Assist students in project­-based research, and help them recognize and develop their academic and leadership abilities
  • Maintain an active presence and participate fully in campus life by attending School events whenever possible
  • Serve as a class advisor and athletic coach

COMPENSATION: This position will be full time and year-round, and as such, salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Esperanza Academy offers an attractive benefits package including 403(b), medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, and support for professional development.

Contact Information

TO APPLY: Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for professional references via email attachment to Mr. Jadihel Taveras, Head of School, at the following email address: jadi@esperanzaacademy.org. Receipt of materials will be acknowledged via email.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Consistent with the values of an Episcopal school, Esperanza is committed to a diverse and inclusive community with respect to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family status, economic circumstance, age, and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff. Esperanza Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and athletic and other school administered programs. We strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates. Esperanza Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.