Charter School Founding English Learner Specialist

Alma Fuerte Public School - Altadena, CA - Part time

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If you want…

-Your teaching to be treated as an act of artistic creativity

-The freedom to innovate with your ideas

-Unlimited room to grow your career

-To be trusted as an owner

-To change the world

Read on…

Your Teaching Can Be Art Again…

At Alma Fuerte, we believe that teaching is a form of art. An act of creativity.

Far too often education is, scripted, limited, regulated, and tested out of the profession. At Alma Fuerte, you will have the opportunity to create learning experiences that are truly meaningful. To explore the depths of your creativity. To work at perfecting your craft.

Freedom to Innovate…

Innovation requires the space to try. It requires support. At Alma Fuerte your innovative spirit is prized and will be nurtured.

That innovative spirit thrives from interactions with other innovators. At Alma Fuerte you won’t teach in isolation. You will be part of a high performing team that teaches and grows together, learning from experts in the field and each other.

Unlimited Room to Advance…

We are one school now.

We will be expanding and it is our founding teachers who will lead the development of our next generation schools.

Further, at Alma Fuerte, you will be on the cutting edge of education innovation. You will have the opportunity to speak, to publish research, to become a leader in education. Alma Fuerte will incubate your awesomeness.


At Alma Fuerte if we hire you, we trust you to be excellent…to be great. We display trust by empowering you to drive curricular decisions. We demonstrate it in our flexible employment policies. We display it by entrusting you to co-design key aspects of Alma Fuerte.


What happens in Alma Fuerte, does not stay in Alma Fuerte.In addition to launching additional schools, Alma Fuerte will publish and spread the insights we gain with partners in the local, national, and international education communities. We will foster opportunities for our faculty to share their insight and excellence.

If the idea of being a founding teacher at Alma Fuerte is exciting to you… you can apply at


We believe a school should be more than preparation for the next grade. More than high school or college prep. We believe a school should prepare children to embrace their humanness and become the creators, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow.

Our world and our communities are increasingly facing challenges requiring “first principles thinking.” Where deeply creative problem solving and ongoing comfort with facing challenges is the only path to solutions at the limits of human knowledge and where integrating with teams and technology is critical to building a better world.

Alma Fuerte will prepare our children for these challenges by immersing them in an environment that simulates entrepreneurship from the first day of kindergarten and upon graduation, they will have launched a company of their design.

Through your teaching creativity, our students will develop social and leadership skills, emotional management skills, as well as developing a deep understanding of how they uniquely learn, how they think creatively, how to solve complex problems with systemic answers, and execute with excellence to turn their visions into reality.

-We are located in Altadena, CA

-We are starting as a TK – 2 school, expanding a grade each year

-We will open in August 2017

-We will begin professional development in July

What does this position include?

-You will be a vital part of the Alma Fuerte team, providing instruction and support to students as identified by the Academic Director and teaching staff

-This will be a part-time position in Year One (2017-18) and become full-time in Year Two (2018-19 school year) and beyond

-You will work closely with the Director of Academics and classroom teachers to provide students with an equitable learning experience, especially those students for whom English is not their first language.

-You will exhibit knowledge and expertise in language acquisition and child development

-You will assist teachers in utilizing a variety of on-going, instructionally based assessment approaches to inform and differentiate instruction.

-You will provide technical expertise to teachers and staff as it relates to serving English Learners

-You will research, teach, and model effective practices used to address the needs of those students who struggle with reading and writing.

-You will work with teachers and administrators to develop and use appropriate EL literacy strategies, implementation plans, and assessment tools.

-You will establish effective working relationships with teachers, staff and parents

-You will demonstrate teaching strategies and utilize materials considered appropriate and effective in meeting both academic and non-academic needs of identified students with special needs

-You will provide consultation to school staff and parents which may relate to student assessment, specialized instruction or behavior management

-You will help train volunteer tutors in working with students

-You will be responsible for coordination between parents, colleagues, and administration, ensuring that student goals are met through careful planning and support of all parties.

There are certain things we need you to have...

-Enthusiasm for and strong commitment to Alma Fuerte’s values, mission and educational philosophy

-A California teaching credential or you will have one in the fall.

-A minimum of 2 year’s teaching at the TK-8 level, ideally in a high-performing public school

-Prior experience in instructing English Learners

-CLAD certificate (or equivalent California Commission on Teacher Credentialing EL certification) and/or BCLAD certificate (or equivalent) highly preferred

-Ability to administer and interpret results of assessment instruments

-Commitment and experience working with a diverse population

-Experience working with parents and families

-Experience with community resources referrals

-Excellent communicator and facilitator

-Comfortable with a start-up environment, including fast growth and flexible roles

-You are eligible to work in the US

-Hiring is contingent on completing and clearing a background check and a TB test within the last four years.


It would make us pretty happy if….

-You are familiar the power of growth mindset

-You’ve been a founding teacher at a school or department in a school previously.

-You bring candor to your work and communications with others

-You are an awesome team member

-Kids with energy excite you instead of exhausting you.

-Your mission in life is to make the world a better place through education.

-You had 2+ years’ experience in project-based learning, blended learning, data-driven instruction, social-emotional learning

-You had prior experience with integrating technology programs into the classroom, and in using digital technology on a regular basis.

-You also possessed literacy expertise

-You also had an advanced degree (e.g., Masters degree)

-You had prior experience employing Culturally Relevant Teaching in your classrooms.


If Alma Fuerte sounds awesome to you, apply at

Mention “EL Specialist” in your application.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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