Middle School Theatre Teacher (2022 - 2023)

Valor Collegiate Academies

Nashville, Tennessee

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Date Posted August 02, 2022
Industry K-12: Charter Schools
Specialty Not Specified
Certification Needed
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Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Employment Type: Full-time, in-person role beginning August 2022.

Salary: We offer a competitive teacher salary that is higher than the local district, and commensurate based on years of lead teaching experience. Certified teachers are also eligible to earn a signing bonus.

The Role: Middle School Theatre Teacher for Grades 5 through 8.

About Valor:
Founded in 2014, Valor Collegiate Academies is a top-performing, public charter school network in Nashville, Tennessee, serving students in Grades 5-12 across three schools. Our mission is to create a community where students of all backgrounds have equitable access to an education that prepares them to live inspired and purposeful lives. This mission is made possible through an innovative school model that balances rigorous academics and whole-child education in an intentionally diverse environment. Learn more about Valor: https://valorcollegiate.org/our-model/

Core Responsibilities Include:

Theatre & Literature Seminar

  • Plan, prepare, and deliver rigorous, standards-aligned Middle School Theatre lessons and instructional materials.
  • Provide students with feedback on work and plan for individual, differentiated learning needs
  • Engage in weekly coaching meetings to internalize content and improve your practice
  • Maintain and update scholar grade book using Valor?s school-wide grading policy
  • Establish and maintain communication with families to share academic and behavioral progress
  • Create lessons on an assigned piece of literature geared towards a specific reading level and execute the lessons 4 times a week during Literature Seminar to a designated group of scholars

Student Mentorship

  • Facilitate student Circle once a week, as well as participate in all staff Circle once a week
  • Monitor your mentor group?s academic and behavior progress and provide support to students in setting and reaching ambitious academic and character development goals
  • Provide guidance and support on students? self-discovery work
  • Serve as a direct point-of-contact for Valor families to communicate school-wide information

School-Based Responsibilities

  • Enforce, uphold, and exhibit the school?s values, student management policies, and culture
  • Own arrival duty, recess or lunch duty, and dismissal duty to ensure scholar safety and smooth operations
  • Participate in parent-teacher conferences, orientation, and other school-wide events
  • Track and input daily student behavior feedback to share with families and the Student Support Team
  • Participate in school-wide professional development programming, including 3 weeks of faculty training over the summer and weekly sessions during the academic year

Additional After School Responsibilities:
Valor?s middle schools have a colorful history of theatrical productions. Flagship & Voyager scholars join forces every spring to perform in a musical, historically directed by one or both of our theatre teachers, compensated with a stipend for those directing. In an effort to support theatre teachers new to the organization, this opportunity will be offered for teachers in their second year and beyond of teaching at Valor (regardless of the amount of experience prior to joining the organization). As such:

  • A first-year Valor theatre teacher may choose to be involved with the production in a consultant or advisory role while continuing to prioritize their primary responsibility as a strong classroom teacher at Valor and the responsibilities that entail. Involvement in this capacity is not compensated.
  • With the consent of their academic coach and principal, theatre teachers in their second year at Valor may take on an assistant director or similar supporting role with the priority still being their primary role of a strong classroom teacher. This opportunity is compensated.
  • Year three and beyond it is hoped that our middle school teachers have reached steady-state and will be able to step in to lead the spring production as director. While their primary role as a classroom teacher remains a priority, we feel that given the connections made in the classroom the ideal person to lead our spring production is one or both of our Valor middle school theatre teachers. This opportunity is compensated.

Certification Requirements:
In adherence with the Tennessee Department of Education?s licensure requirements, candidates applying to teach this course must: (a) have a valid Tennessee teaching license with Theatre K-12 endorsement, or (b) have a valid out-of-state teaching license that will be transferred to Tennessee by July 2022, or (c) can demonstrate enrollment in an approved teacher?s preparation program to receive teacher certification by the 2022-23 school year.

Qualifications and Experience:
We believe diversity is what makes us strong and we are committed to building a team of educators with diverse skills and experiences. We invite you to apply if you:

  • Have a teaching license or are eligible and willing to pursue licensure
  • Have a proven track record of high achievement in the classroom
  • Have an unwavering belief that all students can succeed in school and beyond
  • Have a relentless drive to develop your practice to sharpen your skills as an educator
  • Set ambitious goals for yourself and others and are not afraid of putting in the hard work it takes to achieve them
  • Have the passion and commitment to serve a culturally and socioeconomically diverse community of students and families
  • Enjoy cultivating meaningful relationships with students, families, and staff
  • Are able to model, live, and reinforce our school?s core values, commitments, and policies
  • Are authorized to work in the U.S. without visa sponsorship

Teacher Interview Process:

  1. Resume Review
  2. Phone Interview
  3. Virtual Performance Task
  4. Virtual Sample Lesson & Leadership Interview
  5. Reference Checks
  6. Offer Extension

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive base salary with a teacher salary schedule that is higher than the local district
  • Years of Service bonus for teachers completing 3, 5, and 7 years of service as a teacher in a Valor classroom
  • Yearly stipend opportunities are available for grade-level team leads, curriculum work, coaching sports, and more
  • Comprehensive health (medical, dental, and vision) and retirement benefits
  • Hybrid pension plan and 401K with 5% company contribution
  • Fully-paid parental leave policy
  • PTO Sharing program
  • Free access to an on-site strength & conditioning facility, Vanderbilt Health Clinic, retirement counseling, and mental health support and resources
  • Employee laptops and unlimited supplies
  • Full-time employees wishing to enroll their student at Valor in grades 5-12 will be placed at the top of the new student waitlist

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Valor believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that enables students and staff to thrive. As an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We actively seek applications from people of all backgrounds to strengthen our community and the perspectives needed to thrive in a diverse world.

?Pending any additional guidance from the CDC, or any legal guidance from the courts, we strongly encourage all faculty members to get vaccinated in the spirit of keeping ourselves and others safe.