High School ELA Maternity-Leave-Replacement Teacher

Math, Engineering, and Science Academy Charter High School

Published 29 days ago

December 7, 2020
December 4, 2020

High School English Language Arts

Maternity Leave Replacement Teacher

(December 2020-April 2021 with possibility of F/T Role)

● Are you a passionate and talented teacher?

● Do you constantly strive to improve your teaching through coaching and

feedback , incorporation of data , and whatever other resources you can find?

● Do you seek to be in a diverse and inclusive environment dedicated to equity

and anti-racist practices in and outside of the classroom?

● Do you want to work in a public charter school that serves almost exclusively

students of color and encourages enrollment of students with disabilities and ELL

students ?

● Are you looking for a high school culture that strikes the perfect balance of

structure and freedom , where academic rigor drives all aspects of student life,

and where constant recognition for hard work and effort is the norm?

If your answer is YES to all of the above, MESA Charter High School might be the right

place for you!

Math, Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA) Charter High School is a community

high school in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We opened our doors in August 2013 and we now

have 496 students in grades 9-12. We graduated our first class of seniors in June 2017

and our cumulative graduation rate is 97.5%. Our students come from more than forty

different middle schools, including traditional public, parochial, and public charter

schools. Some are advanced students coming from magnet schools; others are

beginning English Language Learners. What they all have in common is a desire to

succeed. MESA students come to school every day, ready to work—we have a 93%

attendance rate and a 93% punctuality rate, both significantly higher than other high

schools in our district! When it comes to NYS Regents pass rates, MESA outperforms its

peers by a rate of 20-30%!

Some key aspects of MESA’s school model are:

● Intentional Teaching —MESA uses a standards-based grading system, which

makes data understandable and accessible. This enables teachers to create

targeted, focused instruction, and helps students understand and track their own

progress . MESA teachers love data or at the very least, aren’t afraid of it!

● Intentional Support —MESA teachers have a minimum of rote administrative

Math, Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA)

Charter High School

231 Palmetto Street

Brooklyn, NY 11221

(p) (718) 282-7426

(f) (718) 919-1479

dutie s in order to better focus on planning, instruction, and assessment. Teachers

receive ongoing coaching and feedback . MESA is committed to collaboratively

developing and growing its teachers. Dedicated time for co-teaching,

department and grade team planning is built into the school schedule.

● Intentional PD —MESA has a comprehensive professional development calendar

that includes sessions on instructional practices, school culture as well as

diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives . Teachers are also encouraged to seek

out PD opportunities outside of the school building.

● Intentional Culture —MESA’s advisory model connects small groups of entering

freshmen with a teacher-advisor for all 4 years of high school. Advisors provide

guidance on academic progress and are mentors, facilitators and positive

influencers . Students are recognized by their teachers regularly for academic

achievement and effort and are incentivized to meet school expectation s

around attendance, punctuality and preparedness. MESA uses the Love and

Logic mode l to address disciplinary concerns.

● Intentional Relationships —MESA knows that all caregivers want their children to

succeed. MESA enlists families as partners in their childrens’ education through

regular communication, meetings, workshops, and access to student

attendance information and grades. More than 85% of MESA caregivers attend

the initial parent-teacher conference of the school year .

● Intentional Scheduling —MESA’s school day starts and ends later than most DOE

schools, as research indicates that a late start helps high-school students

succeed. MESA’s calendar has 187 days of instruction, as well as dedicated PD

and grading days . The calendar and earlier start allows for “Intersession,” during

Spring Break where students receive enrichment, skill remediation, or Regents


Specific Responsibilities

● Design lessons and teach ELA virtually in accordance with existing daily block

schedule (possibility of transition to hybrid teaching model in mid-January 2021).

Utilize Universal Design for Learning method of planning and instruction to reach all


● Build relationships with all students . MESA teachers believe that strong rapport is

key to student engagement and motivation.

● Attend, participate in, and facilitate team meetings and professional development

opportunities, as well as common planning times. MESA believes that good

professional development is interactive, practical, and teacher-driven .

Math, Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA)

Charter High School

231 Palmetto Street

Brooklyn, NY 11221

(p) (718) 282-7426

(f) (718) 919-1479

● Communicate regularly with caregivers about both positive and negative

interactions with students, making a minimum of two positive contacts (phone,

email, or text message) with families per week.

● Hold virtual office hours as per school schedule to provide extra academic support

and opportunities for reassessment.

● Maintain duties as Advisor .

● Other duties, as assigned by the Principal.

Qualifications : (1) Minimum Bachelor’s degree in subject area to be taught, Master’s

Degree preferred; (2) Minimum of three years teaching experience in an urban public

or charter school setting, or similar background; (3) Proven track-record of high

achievement in the classroom and commitment to accountability; (4) Belief in and

alignment with MESA’s core values, educational philosophy and commitment to

diversity, equity and inclusion; (5) Valid New York State Certification strongly preferred;

(6) Spanish-speaker a plus.

Salary: Highly competitive, commensurate with experience.

To apply : Please email your resume and cover letter to Arthur Samuels, Executive

Director, at with the subject heading “ High School ELA Maternity

Leave Replacement Teacher .” Cover letter should specifically indicate why you want

to work at MESA . APPLY BY EMAIL ONLY. Due to the nature of the position and the

volume of applications received, MESA will not be able to reply to all submissions. MESA

will contact candidates with next steps.

MESA is committed to attracting, hiring and retaining a diverse and inclusive staff.

It is MESA’s policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination

or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth,

or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,

age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic

information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any

other characteristic protected by law.

High School English Language Arts

Maternity Leave Replacement Teacher

(December 2020-April 2021 with possibility of F/T Role)

● Are you a passionate and talented teacher?

● Do you constantly strive to improve your teaching through coaching…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


231 Palmetto Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221

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