Middle School Teachers Wanted
Our Mission at The Journey School (TJS) is “to provide all students with the values, skills, and
knowledge needed to embark on their life-long journey to success.”
We are currently accepting applications for Middle School Teachers for the 2023-24 academic year.
Who are we?
The Journey School (TJS) is a public charter school located at 775 Lexington Parkway N in the
Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, MN. TJS serves students in grades Kindergarten – 8th.
Our vision at TJS is to empower teachers, engage parents, and inspire a community by setting high
expectations through technology-supported teaching and learning, implementing high standards, and
measuring results. Our goal is to close the achievement gap for students who attend TJS by raising
achievement for all. Engaged parents are key to closing the achievement gap and ensuring every
student is meeting expectations. TJS will develop parent leaders within the school community through
a parent-teacher organization and the community at large. Every child will gain an appreciation for
cultural differences and learn the value of respect, hard work, and character throughout their learning
We will implement this vision through a blended learning model, which integrates technology into
classrooms creating a flexible space that allows teachers to have more individualized time with
students by leveraging a variety of tools to engage them in a personalized learning process.
Great schools require great leaders and great teachers. We realize that the outcomes our students
deserve necessitate continuously strong teaching from the time our students enter kindergarten until
they graduate from high school. The Journey School is looking for talented and committed educators
who are passionate about their content and excited to continue to strengthen their pedagogy through
consistent feedback and ongoing professional development. If you share a belief in our mission; if you
have a proven willingness to do what it takes for all students to achieve; if you are personally
committed to fighting for social justice; and if you thrive in a collaborative environment, then, we’d
love for you to join our team and family!
Responsibilities of a TJS teacher include, but are not limited to:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Execute a rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum by developing academically rigorous lessons and adapting unit plans, rubrics, and assessments.
- Demonstrate strong pedagogy.
- Continuously assess students’ progress and use data to inform instructional decisions.
- Provide students with daily feedback on mastery performance in academics and character and plan for individual learning needs.
- Teach and demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy that every minute of every day is learning time.
- Plan a program of study and unit/weekly/daily lessons that, aligned with the school’s curriculum and that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the students.
- Employ a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media consistent with best practices, specific content knowledge, and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
- Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and is developmentally appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
- Implement, by instruction and action all instructional goals and objectives.
- Utilize diagnostic assessment tools to identify learning strengths and needs of every student, on a regular basis, for the purpose of intervention and/or acceleration toward academic and leadership standards.
- Take necessary and reasonable precautions to assure safety in the classroom and the school for all students.
- Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.
- Assist the administrative team in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct.
- Commitment to School and Classroom Culture
- Work collaboratively with your school team and those across TJS
- Maintain a “do whatever it takes attitude” to help our students reach academic excellence.
- Support a school-wide culture that best fits the needs of our students, teachers, and families.
- Develop positive rapport with students.
- Create and foster a positive and calm learning environment.
- Uphold and exhibit the school’s values and culture.
- Family Engagement
- Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents and regularly share academic progress and behavior.
- Be available for open houses, parent teacher conferences, and other school events and events involving parents.
- Growth Mindset
- Receive and respond appropriately to formal and informal feedback from teammates, school leaders, students, and parents and view feedback as a tool to improve and grow.
- Offer support to create a professional working atmosphere that is conducive to change and improvement.
- Participate in school-wide and individual professional development, including pre-service training over the summer and weekly meetings during the academic year.
- Maintain professional relationships with colleagues.
- Actively engage in all professional development opportunities.
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
- Team & Family
- Participate in all School events.
- Coordinate and lead field lessons/trips to extend student learning.
- Participate in daily duties (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dismissal) to support school operations.
- Maintain accurate records, grade book, and data tracking systems.
- Assist with both student and staff recruitment.
- Make provisions for being available to the students and to the parents for education-related purposes outside of the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable terms.
- Provide time in the evening, by phone, for questions and concerns that students and/or parents may have regarding education-related issues that could not be handled during the school day.
Job Type: Full-time
Qualifications and Experience
- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to The Journey School’s mission and community.
- Valid Minnesota teaching license and certification.
- Bachelor’s Degree.
- Commitment to working with students in an urban setting.
- Commitment to the design and development of the school.
- Strong content knowledge in the area in which you are applying to teach.
- Critical thinking skills.
- Effective communication with students, families, and colleagues.
- Strong work ethic and stamina to work extended hours.
- Pass Criminal Background Check.
The Journey School offers a generous compensation package. All teachers are equipped with the
tools needed to succeed, including professional development, collaboration with peers and other
teachers, health and retirement benefits.
Contact Us to Apply
The Journey School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or