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Native American Community Academy – Teacher (Dec 3, 2019)

Middle School Science Teacher

The Native American Community Academy is a free urban charter school within Albuquerque Public Schools. It is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is home to a student body that represents over 60 different tribes and homelands yet is welcoming to students of all backgrounds. Staff is not required to identify as Indigenous yet is expected and asked to engage community as a conscious and thoughtful ally to Indigenous peoples and children. Wellness, culture and college preparation are three primary pillars of our school. The NACA Core Values are our guide to ideal behavior and learning: respect, responsibility, refection, perseverance, culture, and community service.

Employment at NACA means becoming part of a community of caring and driven adults dedicated to the strengthening of Native peoples’ self-determination, mobility and academic excellence attained through the implementation of Indigenized education. Teachers are afforded the autonomy to develop and implement their own curriculums and learning experiences for students and will be provided technical support in doing so. Teachers are also expected to transcend western educational expectations of what curriculum should be by ever-increasingly leaning into models of fun meaningful learning and identity development that caters to the unique needs that Indigenous students have. This can include decolonized/Indigenized frameworks and pedagogies, land-based learning models, arts-based learning, social-emotional and trauma-informed teaching, mindfulness and post-trauma healing, restorative practices and classroom management, physical activity, traditional language learning, traditional ecological and ethnobotanical knowledge, oral tradition and storytelling as a means to ground content in Indigenous worldview, etc. Collaboration across disciplines, different class subject matters, teachers and grades are welcome and encouraged in the interest of strengthening community and cooperation. Teachers are encouraged to also reach out and build solidarities with community members who are willing to come into class and share content, teachings, wisdom, skills and build relationships.

Primary job responsibilities include teaching four sections of 8th grade science and one of 6th grade science and designing a culturally responsive, place-based yearlong curriculum. In addition, all full-time teachers serve as an advisor to 10-15 students per year and actively participate in grade-level and content teams. The ability to incorporate Native American culturally relevant lessons into the science curriculum (or the desire to learn to do so) is also highly preferred.


  •  Interacts effectively with students, staff, parents and the overall school community
  •  Supports ongoing instructional leadership among teachers and other staff to address curriculum development and overall program development in the classroom and school various setting
  •  Implements Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for identified students.
  •  Assess and report on students’ progress toward their academic/career readiness goals, as noted in their IEP as aligned with the instructor’s content area
  •  Assess and report on students’ Present Levels of Performance (PLP) for areas of need as aligned with the instructor’s content area
  •  Attend IEP/BIP/EDT Manifestation meetings as invited/notified
  •  Provides a safe and effective learning environment for students, staff and overall school community
  •  Conducts on-going self-paced professional development and self-guided classroom assessment of instructional and curricular design
  •  Leads twice-weekly student advisory period
  •  Collaborates with parents and communicates student’s progress and classroom expectations
  •  Works collaboratively with colleagues on quarterly, interdisciplinary performance tasks
  •  Contributes to the overall school community by supporting student clubs, activities and special programs related to school’s vision, mission and goals
  •  20 minutes before or after school campus supervision


  • Bachelors in secondary education with a focus in science/math or higher in science, mathematics and/or a related degree of study specific to content area of teacher certification 
  • Experience in planning teacher-designed units 
  • Knowledge of backwards planning 
  • Ability to incorporate Native American culturally relevant lessons into science curriculum (or the desire to learn to do so) is strongly preferred

Certificates and Licenses:

New Mexico Teacher’s certification for specific area aligned with Tier III Requirements (i.e. Level I, Level II, Level III) or the willingness to attain one through an alternative licensure program.

Supervision Received:

Is under the direction of the NACA Executive Director and Instruction and middle school Head of School.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Commitment to Diversity:

NACA seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position, particularly those with a demonstrable and deep commitment to Native American communities and students. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Contact Information:

Zane J. Rosette, Chippewa-Cree/Elementary Head of School

Phone: 505-266--0992

Fax:  505-266-2905