4th Grade Teacher (2021-22)

Posted on: May 31, 2022

Great Lakes Academy 4th Grade Teacher

Great Lakes Academy is a high performing charter school located in South Chicago. We opened in 2014 as a K-1 school and have grown to serve grades K-8 for the 2021-22 academic year. We are seeking a high capacity, fiercely positive, growth-oriented 4th Grade Teacher for the 2021-22 school year.

Job Description

A Great Lakes Academy Teacher will be a part of a team of game-changing teachers working to change the face of education on the Southeast Side of Chicago. Our Teachers take responsibility for the high academic achievement and character development of every child in their classrooms.

Job Outputs

-Demonstrates a positive classroom culture and devotes the majority of time to instruction, minimizing discipline
-Instills a joy of learning in students and works to develop motivated and self-monitoring learners with the skills to set, monitor and meet academic and SEL goals
-Employs previous experience, best practices, and creativity to connect with students to ensure student achievement on interim and state tests demonstrates an average of 85% mastery; student achievement on STEP averages 4 STEPs of growth per year; 90% of students meet or exceed NWEA growth goals
-Establishes relationships with students and students’ families, communicating frequently and partnering in student success
-Cultivates engaging, rigorous learning environments for our students in and out of the classroom
-Consistently models the BE GREAT Great Lakes Academy core values: Bravery, Endurance, Growth, Responsibility, Enthusiasm, Achievement, and Team
-Develops a strong relationship with, and contributes to the development of, fellow teachers; collaborates with all staff members across team, grade level and subject area
-Drives decisions based on student data and positive student growth

Job Responsibilities

-Writes and delivers lesson plans that are engaging and effective per student data
-Implements classroom instruction that supports the academic, critical thinking and social-emotional growth of students
-Cultivates positive, collaborative relationships with families and consistent communication with families
-Assesses and evaluates student growth; action plans on class-wide, group-wide and individual basis in response to student data
-Creates a classroom culture that develops in students the BE GREAT core values and independent learning skills
-Participates and grows tremendously during annual three-week staff orientation and training
-Provides meaningful feedback to colleagues and collaborates and shares ideas and lessons and best practices with colleagues
-Demonstrates dedication and determination for student growth and student success that is measurable


-Outstanding classroom management that relies on positive, proactive reinforcement of high behavioral standards and consistent classroom systems & procedures
-Strong relationship builder with students, families, and other staff members; is kind
-Critical thinker with ability to analyze data and adjust plans based on feedback & data to improve student achievement
-Growth mindset and ability to accept and implement feedback
-Ability to work collaboratively and without ego
-Willingness to place student achievement as highest goal
-Self-reflective, with a drive to continually grow as a teacher
-Willingness to work hard and flexibly in a dynamic environment, fast-changing environment
-Ability to quickly learn and implement technology innovations in the classroom

Job Requirements

-Bachelor’s degree is required.
-Teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred, but not required
-Valid IL Teaching Certification
-ESL Certification preferred, but not required
-Belief in and alignment with Great Lakes Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.

Culture Fit- Do these words describe you?

Fiercely positive, Hard-working, Intelligent, Team oriented, Organized, Sense of humor, Belief in the power of education, Humble, Self-reflective, Goal-oriented, Enthusiastic, Growth Oriented

As an equal opportunity employer, Great Lakes Academy hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law