2019-20 ELL Teacher

Location: FirstLine K-8th Grade Schools


Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans


About FirstLine Schools

In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans. In 2019-20, FirstLine will operate five PreK-8th grade schools, serving ~3,500 students.   Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans.


Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development. We have approximately 450 employees.  


FirstLine’s Vision Of Teaching Excellence:

 We develop teachers at FirstLine by focusing on excellence in teaching. To do so, we coach teachers and center professional development on our Vision of Excellence in Teaching rubric the components of which include:

  • On Task (Maintaining high expectations and maximizing instructional time)

  • Essential Content (Planning effectively)

  • Cognitive Engagement (Maintaining High Academic Expectations and Building Thinking Skills)

  • Demonstration of Learning (Leading Instruction, Checking for Understanding, Responding to Student Misunderstanding)

  • Community of Learners (Establishing Expectations and Responding to Student Behaviors)


Position Summary:

FirstLine Schools is currently seeking a talented, passionate, full time K-12th ELL teacher to provide academic and learning support to students. The ELL Teacher will work to ensure the academic success of the students by developing and implementing appropriate lesson plans and instructional techniques that are aligned to the school’s curriculum and learning and behavior goals through a combination of direct instruction (push in and pull out) and consultation with classroom teachers.  Candidates must be certified to teach ELL or be eligible for Louisiana certification.  Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching in an urban, open admissions setting.


Position Responsibilities:

Teaching and Lesson Planning

  • Plan for and provide pull-out and push-in services as appropriate for students

  • Consult with classroom teachers on instructional strategies

  • Design materials for student use

  • Write and monitor LEP accommodation plans

  • Review and maintain student records to comply with all legal and school reporting requirements

  • Support classroom teachers and support teachers in developing and planning curriculum and accommodations and modifications for students

  • Assess students and gather data to inform instruction, monitor progress, and ensure students perform at high levels

  • Deliver professional development to school staff throughout the school year

Education & Experience:

  • Problem solving skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Minimum of two years of teaching experience

  • Demonstrated success working with students in an urban, open admissions school

  • A strong background in and command of language acquisition process

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Louisiana ESL certification or eligibility (REQUIREMENT)

Desired Qualities & Characteristics:

  • Believe in every student’s ability to achieve in a rigorous college or career prep curriculum

  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations

  • Take personal responsibility

  • Highly detail-oriented

  • Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders

  • Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Model the FirstLine Commitments 

    • We Keep Learning
    • We Work Together
    • We Are Helpful
    • We Are the Safekeepers of our Community
    • We Share Joy
    • We Show Results

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.

  • Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)


ELL TEACHER reports to:  Director of Student Support Services (if serving multiple schools) or School Leader if serving at one school


How to Apply: Please apply online via: http://www.firstlineschools.org/careers


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. FirstLine Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous 403b plan.


FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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