Do you believe that all students can achieve academic success? Are you passionate about working with scholars and supporting them as they reach new heights in learning? Teachers at Alpha have the opportunity to create and safeguard opportunities for students in under-resourced communities while collaborating with a joyful team of educators committed to sending our scholars to college.As a Founding Second Grade Teacher you will join a team that upholds high expectations, fosters social development, and facilitates the intellectual growth of our scholars. Our teachers will approach instruction with patience, creativity, and a growth mindset, while using activities and instructional methods that will motivate our scholars.We are seeking passionate individuals who embody Alpha’s mission, vision and core beliefs- teachers who believe that all students can learn, that our scholars belong in college, and that student growth is a reflection of the teacher’s practice. We are looking for educators who are reflective in their practice and are willing to engage in conversations around educational equity and inclusivity. At Alpha, you will uphold rigorous expectations for all students, while leading from a space of empathy and understanding. Alpha is fiercely entrepreneurial and we are focused on supporting our scholars as they grow into self-reliant leaders who will achieve success in their school, college, and career. We’re committed to finding educators who value and appreciate the diverse experiences of our scholars and their families, and who care deeply about addressing the inequities that exist in education. What you’ll do…Lead an academically rigorous classroom through activities such as: Develop lesson plans and supplementary materials to teach early reading, writing, and numeracy skillsTeach curricula – Eureka and Fountas & Pinnell – aligned to Common Core standards along with social and emotional skillsUse a variety of activities and instructional methods (songs, stories, media, structured games, art, outdoor activities, etc) to motivate and stimulate children’s abilities and interestsAssess and analyze students’ performance and progress to ensure they are mastering developmental skills regularly, and responding to data to support all scholars to achieve academic successBuild Relationships with our scholars, passionate staff, and committed familiesMaintain an open line of communication with familiesWork to maintain a positive culture on campus by building strong relationships with scholars and staff membersSuccessfully strike a balance of warm and demanding in your communication with scholarsEstablish and maintain standards of student behavior for a productive learning environment during class sessionsGrow ProfessionallyEngage in professional development opportunities provided by AlphaReceive and implement feedback from experienced educational coachesSeek opportunities to collaborate with and learn from colleaguesBe committed to growing your teaching through independent study and research You possess…A Bachelor’s degreeA valid (or eligible for) California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential 3+ years of teaching experience, more than 5 preferredSubject matter expertise and strong classroom management skillsYou stand out by being…Committed: You are committed to working with students in traditionally underserved communities. Approximately 80% of Alpha’s students are from under-resourced communities and will be the first in their families to go to college. The majority of our students are Latinx and/or Vietnamese.Focused on Growth: You exhibit a strong commitment not only to our students, but also to your own continuous professional development. You possess the ability to receive and implement feedback quickly.Collaborative: You are team-oriented and are able to implement school-wide systems effectively and consistently.Organized: You are self-motivated and reliable, with the ability to plan and execute tasks.Experienced: You have taught in an under-resourced community, and/or you have a background of shared experience with our scholars.Bilingual: Conversational Spanish or Vietnamese a plusJoin our team…To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter online.Alpha Public Schools is a network of four high-performing public charter schools founded by a group of East San José mothers dedicated to helping transform their community. We have a strong growth mindset – as individuals, as an organization, and on behalf of our students and families. We want to be better tomorrow than we are today. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.