Who We Are
Launching the first public charter school network to serve the incredibly vibrant and diverse South Nashville community, in 2010 our team set out to do what everyone told our Founder couldn’t be done: provide a rigorous, inquiry-based STEM education for Nashville’s structurally underrepresented subgroups, preparing each student, regardless of home language or immigration status, to graduate from college. Nearly a decade after our doors opened to our founding 5th grade class, we operate two fully built out high-performing schools serving the highest percentage of limited english proficiency students in our sector: STEM Prep Academy Middle School (grades 5-8) and STEM Prep High School (grades 9-12). In 2014, we expanded our impact to launch one of the largest newcomer programs in the country, the Nashville Newcomer Academy, serving new arrival immigrant and refugee students and their families from around the world.
Today, our team is comprised of over 100 of the most tenacious, persistent, and mission-aligned teachers, leaders, and support staff working to secure the college-graduation mission for each and every one of our students and their families. We have the ACT scores and national growth data, the accolades and awards, the parent testimonials, the college scholarship funds, and the founding alumni, the college-graduating class of 2023, to prove that what we set out to do is in fact possible. We show up for our students and for each other every single day, motivated by the incredibly hard work it takes to give our students what they deserve (what everyone said couldn’t be done).
What You’ll Do.
Develop and oversee the school wellness plan. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, STEM Prep aims to develop both preventative and responsive measures to ensure the safety, health, and wellness of our students and staff in 2020-2021 and beyond. You are the mastermind of this plan, responsible for both design and implementation. You are able to interface directly with our families and students, with staff, and with the executive team. You are up-to-date on all CDC, local and national guidelines. You constantly re-evaluate and revise the wellness mechanisms that span from the school buses and the cafeteria to recommendations for our families at home during any future stay at home orders.
For students. Most importantly, you will provide the highest quality medical care for our students. Your role directly impacts the amount of time students are able to spend in class learning by reducing the amount of health-related absenteeism. Beyond responding to student ailments, you will foster a culture of wellness, instructing all students on healthy habits.
For our mission. STEM Prep serves the incredibly vibrant and diverse community of South Nashville. Our team is fiercely committed to providing high-quality education to every member of our community, no matter their home language or experience with formal education. Every member of our team runs through the wall to fulfill our commitment to our families.
For our community. Many of our students and families receive inconsistent (or no) formal medical care. You are passionate about not only providing high quality care and education, but also about demystifying the health care system (and frankly, about making sure it’s not scary). Your aim is to ensure that every student has both the care and knowledge they need to advocate for their wellness for the rest of their lives. You believe that parents are partners in caring for the health and wellness of their students, and are committed to working hand-in-hand with them to support their students.
Who You Are
- You see the big picture and sweat the small stuff. You are simultaneously thinking about the overall wellness of the organization and the individual student in front of you. You understand that wellness at scale can only exist if each individual is cared for. You’ve got a plan to make both happen.
- You strike the balance between sticking to a plan and being flexible. Working in a school, like working in healthcare, is a dynamic puzzle. This has never been more true than in the world we live in today. You always have a plan (as well as a plan b and plan c), but are not afraid to go back to the drawing board when you realize you haven’t gotten it quite right.
- You’re a self-starter. You are the wellness expert in the building and you are undaunted. You see the daily challenges (which are many) but instead of bogging you down, they excite you. You are known for your creativity and ingenuity, able to execute on multiple projects at once with a clear vision.
- You’re a team player. You are searching for an organization of tough, passionate individuals who are laser focused on the end goal. You’re looking for a place where your colleagues welcome your ideas and have your back. You are the first person to volunteer for a new, challenging project, and are never too busy to act as a sounding board for your colleague’s new ideas.
Required Skills and Knowledge:
- Pediatric Nursing
- Ethnic and cultural sensitivity and competence
- Crisis planning and intervention
- Applicable laws, regulations, and standards pertaining to school nursing practice
- School as a non-traditional health care setting
- Required: BSN/BS, registered nurse with school nurse certification, currently licensed in Tennessee
- Preferred: A minimum of 3 years RN nursing experience dealing with young children and adolescents (ages 5 – 18)
- The school nurse functions independently under state and agency guidelines and policies without on-site supervision. Work is self-directed and clinically autonomous. Supervision may be exercised over volunteers, unlicensed personnel, and/or licensed personnel. To accomplish these responsibilities, the school nurse serves in the roles of program manager/coordinator, case manager/direct care provider, collaborator/advocate, educator and health counselor for the school.
The Top 3 Reasons You Choose Us.
1. WE SEE OPPORTUNITY WHERE OTHERS SEE IMPOSSIBILITY. STEM fields are the future. And our kids will be leading them.
Our students are achieving unprecedented success on a national scale.
-Since its first year of operation, our Middle and High School students have outperformed the district and state every year in both reading and math.
-On average, the number of our students performing on or above grade level in both English/Language Arts and Math is more than double that of zoned schools.
-Our newest arrivals have been ranked in the top 1% nationally for growth in reading and math on the NWEA MAP assessment.
-Nashville Newcomer Academy students made 11x the expected growth in math and 15x expected growth in reading.
-Last year, our founding class, the college graduating class of 2023, earned over 3 million dollars in scholarships.
-We secured funding and college access for every single one of our undocumented students.
2. YOU COMMIT TO INVESTING DEEPLY IN OUR KIDS. WE COMMIT TO INVESTING DEEPLY IN YOU.
Weekly professional development and personalized coaching.
Leadership development. Whether you want to lead as the best ELA teacher in the state or as the School Director, we have a pathway for that.
Competitive compensation & benefits.
-Annual Salary: On average, our teacher’s salaries are 10% higher than traditional district and choice sector teachers.
-Stipend eligibility (early decision, competitive roles, graduate school)
-Referral bonus ($1,000 for every teacher and leader candidate we hire)
-Unlimited classroom supplies
-Commitment Bonus: ($2,500 upon completion of year 4, $5,000 at year 8 and every four years subsequently)
Family & Wellbeing
-Paid Parental Leave
-Private nursing room for new moms.
-Child care supplement for PD days
-Health center access
-Mental health counseling
3. THEY WANT GROWTH. WE WANT IMPACT.
We don’t believe in growth plans with goals around how many buildings we operate or how large our network is. We run through the wall to develop deep and lasting community partnerships that will transform the lives of our kids and families for generations to come. Our growth plan isn’t oriented towards meeting a financial goal or reaching a specific size. We are whole-heartedly committed to deepening our impact in this specific community. Here are some examples of our community-based efforts and impact so far:
-Health programs to make sure our moms get their mammograms.
-Home ownership classes no none of our families are in a predatory rent culture.
-English classes three times a day for all parents, including those who work third shift.
-When there is a family in crisis, we are the first people they call.
-When there is a quinceanera, every teacher is there.
-We have the largest mental health staff of any network (and a really great therapy dog).
-Our alumni are here almost every day of the week, drinking coffee in the breakroom, seeking feedback on their latest essay, and attending parent-teacher conference with their younger siblings.
We’re different from the other guys. Our aim is to continue this level of deep impact and advance the outcomes, education and otherwise, for all students and families in the neighborhoods we serve.
STEM Preparatory Academy believes it is critical for leaders in urban education to reflect the urban communities they serve. We actively recruit people of color to join our team. We support equal opportunity for all people and we strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply for open positions. STEM Prep does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.