Teaching Assistant- Grace Academy

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Recruiting Organization: Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, AmeriCorps -- New York City & Connecticut

Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, AmeriCorps (NDMVA) is seeking applicants to serve as a Full-time AmeriCorps Member at Grace Academy in Hartford, CT from January 2024-July 2024.

Grace Academy is an accredited, tuition-free middle school serving girls of all faiths from underserved families residing in Hartford and the surrounding areas. Grace Academy’s academically challenging and highly structured environment helps students grow in a love for learning and an abiding sense of responsibility to their community. In the NativityMiguel tradition, the school promotes the intellectual, creative, social, spiritual, and physical growth that inspires girls to reach for a college education and rewarding career.

Grace Academy achieves impressive academic and high school placement results through an innovative co-teaching model, a model which compliments the experience of veteran effective educators (Lead Teachers), with the enthusiasm and promise of talented recent college graduates (Grace Academy Fellows).

Job Purpose:

To assist Grace Academy teachers on a day to day basis and to foster the development of students within the NativityMiguel tradition. The Academic Fellow plays an integral role in the smooth operation and effectiveness of the overall program. Grace Academy’s holistic program includes: breakfast meals, free lunch for students (2 days/week) recess, study hall, club activities, sports, field trips and summer school. The academic fellow also assists teachers in their efforts to educate the students we serve. This includes assistance with Unit and Lesson Plans, library services, progress report, facilitation of parent relationships.

Fellow Responsibilities:

Be present, ready to work and on time for all scheduled hours - school days, field trips & PD workshops as defined by the school calendar.

  • Promote social emotional learning and student success through extracurricular activities
  • Organizes Club activities and athletic competitions
  • Assists with student discipline according to the Handbook, keeping in mind the needs of the students.
  • Communicates with parents/guardians
  • Helps organizes and Attends Parent Council meetings
  • Working with teachers, helps identify student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
  • Creates an effective environment for learning through attractive displays such as bulletin boards, etc.
  • Maintains professional competence through in-service professional development activities provided by the school, attends professional development workshops/conferences, and/or university courses.
  • Supervision duties as assigned, including, but not limited to: substitute teaching, lunch/recess duty, chaperoning of field trips, Clubs, sports, etc.
  • Works in collaboration with the Executive Director, Instructional Coaches, and School Counselor(s) to provide a quality faith-based education for each student.
  • Attends and participates in faculty meetings.
  • Maintains professional appearance.

Applicant Qualifications and Attitude:

  • An understanding of the NativityMiguel model and mission, of their role as a vocation, which necessitates a willingness to engage in professional growth and one’s own spiritual reflection and formation.
  • A pledge to engage in a caring, responsible, and loving human relationship with each student entrusted to their care, looking upon each student as a younger sister.
  • Patience, generosity, excellent work ethic, humility, confidence, and a good sense of humor.
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with youth, middle school grades preferred.
  • A firm commitment to social justice and equitable education
  • Generosity of spirit, exceptional work ethic, flexibility, and a willingness to consistently learn.
  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

AmeriCorps Member Benefits:

  • Subsidized housing offered by the site
  • Living Allowance: Because Notre Dame- AmeriCorps is partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service, we are able to offer our members a yearly living allowance which is distributed bi-weekly over the 7 months term. The pre-tax figure for 2023-2024 is approx. $11,455.
  • The Education Award: Upon completion of a service term, AmeriCorps members receive a taxable education award of $3,447. The education award can be applied to qualified student loans or future education.
  • Student Loan Forbearance: Members of NDA are eligible for forbearance of federal student loans during their term of service. This means that while a member is serving, he or she does not make payments on his or her qualifying loans. In addition, the National Trust will pay the interest that accrues on the loan at the end of the term of service. For more information please visit Postponing Student Loan Payments and Getting Interest Paid
  • Optional Health Insurance: We provide optional healthcare while you serve with NDA.
  • Child Care: NDA members may also be eligible for child care benefits. The AmeriCorps Child Care Program covers up to the state’s local market rate for child care fees and makes payments directly to the member’s caregiver.

Stipend Provided

Training Provided

Housing Available

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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