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Native American Community Academy (NACA) October 9, 2020

Middle Level (7th/8th) Science Teacher

Middle Level (7th/8th) Science Teacher

Position available until filled

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The School Community:

The Native American Community Academy (NACA) is a free, public charter school that offers an inclusive setting within Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) that integrates culture, wellness, language, community, family, and preparation for college into each child’s education. Our philosophy is grounded in both Native American traditions and a rigorous, modern approach to academics. We require excellence from our students, dedication from our teachers, and commitment from our parents.

Employment at Native American Community Academy (NACA) is an amazing opportunity for educators who want to make a difference in an innovative setting. Working at NACA means becoming part of a larger community and moving beyond the traditional field of education in a diverse and welcoming setting. The programs are aimed at developing students who not only excel academically, but have the opportunity to integrate the school’s core values and wellness philosophy to become healthy adults and active leaders in the community.

NACA is seeking a teacher who is eager to inspire students and join a professional, dynamic, and collaborative community. The NACA science experience prepares students to fulfill roles in their perspective community by offering a rigorous college and career focus toward STEM pathways. Our courses are intended to be both college-preparatory and hands-on, integrating problem solving skills with real world applications in alignment with New Mexico STEM Ready Science standards.

NACA utilizes the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework in which teachers plan units guided by big ideas and understandings to drive toward deep understanding demonstrated through authentic performance assessments. Experience or related experiences working in Native American communities or school settings is preferred.

Primary job responsibilities include teaching 5 sections of science classes and designing a culturally responsive, place-based yearlong curriculum for general science, physics, chemistry, biology or environmental science. 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 integrate culturally relevant lessons into the science curriculum (or the desire to learn to do so) is also highly preferred. Implement student IEPs/BIP when applicable.


  •  Provide a safe and effective learning environment for students, staff and overall school community
  •  Interact effectively with students, staff, parents and the overall school community
  • Support ongoing instructional leadership among teachers and other staff to address curriculum development and overall program development in the classroom and school various setting
  • Conduct on-going self-paced professional development and self-guided classroom assessment of instructional and curricular design
  •  Collaborate with parents and communicate student’s progress and classroom expectations
  •  Work collaboratively with colleagues on quarterly, interdisciplinary performance tasks
  •  Contribute to the overall school community by supporting student clubs, activities and special programs related to school’s vision, mission and goals
  •  Provide instruction for lab experiences in five sections of science which includes middle level science.
  •  Implement Individualized Education Plan (IEP), monitor and report on students’ progress toward their academic and career readiness goals, as noted in their IEP as aligned with the instructor’s content area
  •  Develop 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 and notified
  •  Lead an advisory two times per week for 10-15 students
  •  Provide campus supervision 20 minutes before or after school.


  • Bachelors in secondary education with a focus in science and/or a related degree of study specific to content area of teacher certification
  • Experience in planning teacher-designed units

Certificates and Licenses:

New Mexico Teacher’s certification for specific area aligned with Tier III Requirements (i.e. Level I, Level II, Level III)

Supervision Received:

Is under the direction of the NACA Head of School responsible for the campus at which the teacher works.

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