Substitute Teacher (Flexible Hours/As Needed)

Posted on: May 24, 2022

The Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School (EMSA, opened in August of 2018 to all students residing in the U-46 attendance area. This coming year we will serve kindergarten through fifth grade.

EMSA is seeking a compelling, committed, and innovative Substitute Teacher that will help to establish a positive learning environment that promotes Wow & Wonder in the classroom while modeling and encouraging the habits of scholarship for students self-discipline.

The successful candidate in this role will use EL Education’s Core Practices as the classroom’s foundation to ensure remarkable academic achievement, character development, and community involvement for all students. At EMSA, students and teachers will reach their highest potential through active exploratory learning and social responsibility in which:

Individuals of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome
Children’s natural curiosity is nurtured
Students become leaders of their own learning
Teachers and students hold high standards
Critical thinking is central to math and science
Students develop skills to be responsible individuals
An EMSA Educator will:

Operate with the understanding: Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is a behavior, Equity is the outcome
Work collaboratively with all members of the learning community to build relational trust and foster a growth mindset for all through modeling by taking professional risks, owning mistakes, and being metacognitive about their own growth and revision
Model EMSA’s habits of scholarship in word and action and effectively build a positive classroom culture that promotes self-discipline
Assume primary responsibility for increasing student achievement (i.e. mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high quality work) by designing and implementing cross-curricular units of study that integrate literacy instruction and utilize active pedagogy
Create a collaborative student-centered classroom that thrives on differentiated instruction to increase student growth and enhance school culture
Challenge, engage inspire and empower all students with the Wow & Wonder of EL Education
Design lesson plans that allow for flexible, uninterrupted blocks of time that foster deep learning, content-based literacy, project-based learning, fieldwork, and student presentations for authentic audiences
Engage in professional learning and help to implement a progressive, bold educational approach in fostering EL Education’s Core Practices to inspire student success
Practice reflective and synthesizing professional practices to allow for a deeper understanding to manifest for implementation with the highest levels of fidelity
An Ideal candidate is someone who:

Has demonstrated strong classroom and time management skills
Is committed to meeting the needs of every child in a diverse population and has demonstrated success working with low income and minority students
Believes every child can learn and reach high levels of academic achievement
Has a clear understanding of curriculum, instruction, assessment in child development, and the integration of and adherence to state standards
Has a proven ability to work as a member of a team with a commitment to his/her own learning and professional development
Has experience designing and implementing an effective and engaging literacy curriculum
Has the capacity to teach mathematics and science using inquiry-based and hands-on methodology
Believes children can make a significant contribution to the school, community, and the world
Wants to be part of an organized, professional learning community


Bachelor’s degree
Illinois substitute teacher license
Qualifications Desired
Communication and interpersonal skills to engage in a highly collaborative school environment
Strong technology skills
Fluent in Spanish and English
Expertise in working with English Learners
Expertise in working with low-income populations
Hourly Rate: $13.75/hour

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

EMSA seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. EMSA provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.