Classroom Teacher - Lafayette Preparatory Academy
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Early Childhood
Job Title: Kindergarten Teacher
Job Location: Lafayette Preparatory Academy
Beginning: Jul 29, 2024
Deadline: Open until filled **
Certificate: Early Childhood
District: Lafayette Preparatory Academy
St. Louis, MO 63104
Telephone: 314-880-4458
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Job Description:
This role is for the 2024-2025 school year. 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 over 400 students and their families. Our mission is to educate and activate children to achieve academic and social success now and in the future. We utilize a rigorous academic model to implement a 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.

RECOGNITION:
LPA has been recognized both locally and nationally for its excellent program and staff.
  • In 2023, LPA was recognized at the State Board of Education for outstanding outcomes and awarded a 10-year Charter renewal, instead of the typical 5-year renewal.
  • In 2022, LPA was selected to join the Diverse Charter School Coalition for its ongoing work and commitment to providing an intentionally diverse and culturally responsive school environment.
  • In 2021 it was named a #1 elementary school in the U.S. News and World Report and Niche ranked LPA's middle school as #2.
In addition, LPA was recognized for outstanding academic outcomes with the highest state standardized test scores in St. Louis City for ELA, Math, and Science and performed in the top 8% of all school districts in the State of Missouri, according to data from 2022.
VALUES:
  • Be Curious: We activate curiosity and desire for learning through inquiry. We embrace mistakes as opportunities for learning and growth.
  • Cultivate Community: We know our students, families, and staff by name and story.
  • Elevate Joy: We design learning and community experiences that spark joy through every aspect of our program.
  • Design for Diversity: We all belong at LPA. We value a learning community that encourages and challenges us to expand our worldview and know each other more deeply.
  • Center Safety: Our community is safe and loved. We create a space that is physically, socially, and psychologically safe.
JOB DESCRIPTION, found HERE

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
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • Aligned to the "10-month employee" calendar: requires attendance at Professional Learning Institute and Jump Start
  • Benefits:
    • Paid Time Off/Vacation: 8 days /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
  • Retirement
    • Enrolled in the PSRSStl retirement plan
  • Salary/Pay
    • Compensation is commensurate with experience ($44,000-$60,000)
TO APPLY:
  • Please submit the following materials. All materials (except the Employment Application) should be submitted to Mr. David Bosch, Head of School at hiring@lafayetteprep.org. In the subject line, please write “(Your Full Name), Kindergarten Candidate”.  
    • Complete Employment Application (link here) through Google Forms*
    • Updated resume
    • TWO Letters of reference* (one former supervisor)
    • Transcripts* (unofficial are acceptable until hired)
    • Certification*
    • Question responses (see below)
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.
**** REAP Applicants: If you want to notify the school district of your interest in this job, click here.

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