Teacher (Elementary, Middle School, and SPED)

Chicago, Illinois
$50,000 - $80,000 (depending on experience) + benefits + stipends for SPED, ESL, and leadership
Apr 24, 2020
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Great Lakes Academy is a high-achieving, independent K-8 Charter School founded in 2014 serving the communities of South Shore and South Chicago. GLA’s mission is to prepare every student with the fundamental academic skills, critical thinking ability, and strength of character to excel in high school, college, and a career of their choice.

GLA achieves its mission through its “anchors” for success

  1. Game Changing Teachers

  2. Fiercely Positive School Culture

  3. College Success Begins in Kindergarten

  4. Every Minute Matters

  5. Smart Technology Use

  6. Data Drives our Decisions

  7. Parent and Community Partnerships are Vital to Student Achievement

  8. Strength of Character Drives Lifeline Success


Setting ambitious, but achievable, goals is one of the core principles of GLA’s academic model. As such, GLA adds one grade level per year, with two teachers per classroom. We are seeking high capacity, fiercely positive, growth oriented Teachers to help us achieve our goals for the 2020-2021 school year. We will enroll K-7 in 20-21 and have both Elementary and Middle School positions open, as well as Special Education roles. 


Job Description

A Great Lakes Academy Teacher will be a part of a team of game-changing teachers working to change the face of education on the Southeast Side of Chicago. Our Teachers take responsibility for the high academic achievement and character development of every child in his or her classroom.  Each classroom and grade consists of co-teachers who work collaboratively for student success. 

Job Outputs

  1. Demonstrates a classroom culture that is fiercely positive and devotes the majority of time to instruction rather than discipline
  2. Instills a joy of learning in students and works to develop motivated and self-monitoring learners with the skills to set, monitor and meet academic and SEL goals
  3. Employs previous experience, best practices, and creativity to connect with students to ensure student achievement on interim and state tests demonstrates an average of 85% mastery; student achievement on STEP averages 4 STEPs of growth per year; 90% of students meet or exceed NWEA growth goals
  4. Establishes relationships with students’ families, cultivating engaging, rigorous learning environments for our students in and out of the classroom
  5. Consistently models the BE GREAT Great Lakes Academy core values: Bravery, Endurance, Growth, Responsibility, Enthusiasm, Achievement, and Team
  6. Develops a strong relationship with, and contributes to the development of, fellow teachers; collaborates with all staff members across team, grade level and experience 

Job Responsibilities

  1. Writes and delivers lesson plans that are engaging and effective per student data
  2. Implements classroom instruction that supports the social-emotional growth of students
  3. Cultivates positive, collaborative relationships with families and consistent communication with families
  4. Assesses and evaluates student growth; action plans on class-wide, group-wide and individual basis in response to student data
  5. Creates a classroom culture that develops in students the BE GREAT core values and independent learning skills
  6. Participates and grows tremendously during annual four-week staff orientation and training
  7. Provides meaningful feedback to colleagues and collaborates and shares ideas and lessons with colleagues



  1. Outstanding classroom management that relies on positive, proactive reinforcement of high behavioral standards
  2. Strong relationship builder with students, families, and other staff members
  3. Critical thinker with ability to analyze data and adjust plans to improve student achievement
  4. Growth mindset and ability to accept and implement feedback
  5. Ability to work collaboratively and without ego
  6. Willingness to place student achievement as highest goal
  7. Self-reflective, with a drive to continually grow as a teacher
  8. Willingness to work hard and the flexibility to work through start-up challenges
  9. Ability to quickly learn and implement technology innovations in the classroom


Job Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree is required.
  2. Teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred, but not required
  3. Valid IL State Certification
  4. ESL Certification preferred, but not required
  5. Belief in and alignment with Great Lakes Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.


Culture Fit- Do these words describe you?

Fiercely positive, Hard-working, Intelligent, Team oriented, Organized, Sense of humor, Belief in the power of education, Humble, Self-reflective, Goal-oriented, Enthusiastic, Growth Oriented


To Apply

Go to www.glachicago.org and select "Join Us" to apply!


As an equal opportunity employer, Great Lakes Academy hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.

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