ESL Teacher

Posted on: May 12, 2022


Founded in 2001, LEARN is a network of high-performing college preparatory, tuition-free public elementary and middle schools with the mission of providing children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. There are 11 LEARN Schools serving 4,100 students in grades PK-8 across Chicago, Waukegan, North Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

It is our goal to create an environment, on every campus, in which our staff members feel supported, respected, and appreciated. Our staff work together at each school and across the network to share ideas, problem solve, and innovate to move our schools and students beyond the expected.

LEARN and our amazing educators, have received numerous recognitions for making an impact in public education, including the 2018 Chicago Magazine’s Top Elementary Charter Schools and the 2018 Illinois Network of Charter Schools Principal of the Year Award.

LEARN’s mission remains crystal clear: to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. LEARN is currently looking for hard-working and passionate professionals that are dedicated to transforming public education.

About the Opportunity

The purpose of the ESL-Bilingual Teacher is to provide academic instruction to English Learners. You will develop and deliver lesson plans to groups and individual students utilizing academic development language standards.


As an ESL-Billingual Teacher, your critical tasks will include:
Instructing English Learners for the purpose of improving their success in academics and skills
Developing lesson plans and delivering group and individual student instruction within established curriculum guidelines
Adapting classroom work for the purpose of providing students with instructional materials that address individualized learning plans
Implementing LEARN’s English Learners program design to fulfill the requirements of support for English learners needing academic content areas including Reading, Writing, Math, and Science
Obtaining training for and assists with  administration of language assessments for the purpose of evaluating student language proficiency  (MODEL and/or W-APT and screenings, ACCESS test)
Maintaining organized records of documentation regarding student achievement in core courses
Producing progress reports and report cards on regular and as-needed basis
Utilizing evidence-based instructional strategies which support language learning in core content subjects
Collaborating with English Learners coordinator and other staff to support students experiencing academic performance challenges related to English language learning
Interpreting student performance data and implements appropriate support structures
Communicating and conferring effectively both orally and in written form with students, parents, colleagues and administration
Using audiovisual aids, computers, and or other interactive technology to supplement and support lessons
Creating a classroom culture conductive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students
Keeping informed of and complying with school, Network, and state regulations and policies for classroom teachers.
Scheduling student groups.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

This job is a great fit if:
You can showProof of Proficiency in both English and Spanish (for BILINGUAL certified teachers)
You hold Valid Illinois ESL certification and a valid Illinois teaching certification
You possess a Bachelor’s degree with experience working in a multicultural setting
You have the ability to make technically correct translations from English to Spanish and Spanish to English with speed and accuracy
You have knowledge of evidence-based language acquisition strategies

This job is an ideal fit if:
You possess Illinois State Board of Education TBE certification
You have 3 years of experience in K-8 regular education or a bilingual classroom
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics

To succeed as a ESL-Billingual Teacher, you possess the following characteristics:
Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (i.e., Word, Power Point, Excel, etc.), internet research and database functionality
Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills
Professional demeanor
Experience in developing and implementing procedures
Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities and a diverse workload, while achieving results in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
Detail oriented and highly organized
Ability to diffuse tense situations and get others organized to meet project expectations
High degree of initiative and independent judgment
Ability to tactfully and effectively deal with public and staff at all levels in a personable and professional manner
A high level of energy and a consistently positive attitude

Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment.  Requires ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files.  Physically demands require the ability to stand, bend, reach high and low, stoop, walk around the classroom and kneel upwards of 60% of the day.  In addition walking up and down stairs several times a day, must be able to lift 15 to 20 pounds for short periods of time and push and pull 15 to 20 lbs.


Majority of work performed in a school environment.  This role requires participation and attendance at school-sponsored events and meetings.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of LEARN Charter Schools Network.  Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.

For applicants who apply after 11/1/21, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption required.