5th and 6th Grade Math Teacher

Esperanza Academy
Lawrence, MA United States

Esperanza Academy, an independent middle school for girls from Lawrence, Massachusetts, seeks a creative, highly motivated math teacher for grades 5 and 6 who can engage and inspire students who have a wide range of strengths and areas of growth. The teacher should have a clear understanding of the scope and sequence of the content area, and a personal love for real-world, hands-on, problem-based instruction. The successful candidate will be able to create a relevant and rigorous standard in the classroom.

At Esperanza Academy, teachers form the backbone of our community. The relationships that teachers build with students, parents, fellow faculty members, and administrators are the central factor in the success of our students. Esperanza Academy makes a commitment to invest in the professional, emotional, and spiritual well-being of its teachers, just as it expects teachers to invest in the academic, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our students.

About Esperanza: At Esperanza Academy, we are fortunate to serve our students, their families, and the community of Lawrence. We are a tuition-free independent middle school with a 12-year commitment to our students because we believe that everyone deserves the right to high-quality independent school education. Our school is a revolutionary antidote to racism; we, as an academic community, emphasize racial and cultural identity affirmation, love of community, and restorative justice. By creating a culture of achievement in which academic success and self-discovery are paramount, we protect and nurture the innate confidence that each of our girls possesses.


  • Teach 5th and 6th grade mathematics with the innovative and rigorous curriculum, Illustrative Mathematics

  • Support and co-teach 7th grade mathematics

  • Work one-on-one or in small groups to develop math skills during Academic Support using structured intervention curricula

  • Effectively lead a classroom of students with diverse social-emotional needs using a Restorative Justice approach.

  •  Serve as an advisor for a grade of students

  • Provide student-centered instruction, particularly through problem-based, collaborative learning, and principles of Marzano’s The New Art and Science of Teaching

  • Create, communicate, and hold students accountable in an environment of “high challenge, high support, high joy” with learning goals aligned with Common Core State Standards, high school, and college preparation

  • Experiment with and develop an equitable and rigorous math program that centers girls of color, in collaboration with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction

  •  Use principles of Grading for Equity and standards-based grading to provide students and their families with effective feedback about their learning

  • Creatively use technology in the classroom

  • Help build a “culture of math” throughout school life

  • Collaborate and plan with teachers and administrators to support student learning and wellbeing

  • Collaborate with tutors and families to support students’ math skill development and confidence

  • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with all community stakeholders

  • Maintain an active presence and participate fully in campus life

  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal or Head of School.  (May include student supervision during lunch, recess, arrival/dismissal assigned in the faculty rota)


  • A bachelor’s degree in education, mathematics, or relevant field

  • Math teaching experience, preferably with middle-school students

  • Openness to the role of spirituality in education

  • Positive references from current and former supervisors

  • Strong personal commitment to our school values

Contact Information

Please send a cover letter specifically detailing your qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jadi Taveras, Head of School, at employment@esperanzaacademy.org