Classroom Teacher - Lafayette Preparatory Academy
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Special Education
Job Title: Special Education Teacher (5th-8th)
Job Location: Lafayette Preparatory Academy
Beginning: Jul 24, 2023
Deadline: Open until filled **
Certificate: Mild/Mod. Cross Category Disabilities
District: Lafayette Preparatory Academy
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 314-880-4458
Job Description:
Lafayette Preparatory Academy opened in the fall of 2013, initially as a K-2 charter school with 74 students and has grown with its students through 8th grade, currently serving nearly 400 students and families. Our mission is to be a community that prepares students for academic and collegiate success and equips them to enter the world as active, responsible, and involved citizens and leaders. We utilize a rigorous academic model to implement research-proven curriculum focused on critical thinking and problem-based inquiry. As a diverse-by-design community school, LPA supports social and economic growth and sustainability in the city of St. Louis.

LPA has been recognized both locally and nationally for its excellent program and staff. Last year LPA was the highest performing open-enrollment public school in the city of St. Louis in ELA, Math, and Science according to the MAP test.  In 2021 it was named the #1 elementary school in the U.S. News and World Report and Niche ranked LPA’s middle school as #2. Additionally, several teachers and leaders at LPA have been recognized for their outstanding work educating and supporting students. In 2022, LPA was also selected to join the Diverse Charter School Coalition for ongoing work and commitment to providing a culturally responsive, reflective learning environment. 

MS Special Education Teacher:


QUALIFICATIONS (for complete list, please consult the job description): 
  • A passionate belief in LPA’s mission, values, and educational model 
  • Missouri Teaching Certificate in content area  (can be pursuing certification, if other qualifications are true) 
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Current authorization to work in the United States
  • COVID Vaccination 

  • Aligned to the “10-month employee” calendar: requires attendance at Professional Learning Institute and Jump Start
  • Benefits:
    • Paid Time Off/Vacation: 8 days leave/year
    • Health, Dental, Vision, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability and Life available
    • Public Service Loan forgiveness eligible employer
    • Grant money for continuing education
    • Paid Maternity/Paternity leave
    • On-site nursery 
    • Enrollment preference and free aftercare for Staff kids
    • Relocation Funding Available
  • Retirement
    • Enrolled in the PSRSStl retirement plan
  • Salary/Pay
    • Compensation is commensurate with experience ($38,000-$58,000)
Submit your resume, cover letter, completed employment application, transcripts, certification and question responses to David Bosch, Head of School, at  In the subject line, write “__________ (your name) Special Education teaching candidate.”

Submit a concise response to the following questions:
  1. What is most important to the success of students?
  2. According to Carol Dweck’s research on achievement and success, one’s mindset towards learning can be changed. Which mindset must be nurtured in students and how does one develop that mindset in students?
  3. How do race and class affect how young people experience schools? And what role does a teacher play in affecting the experience?

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.
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