We work to recruit, train, and retain excellent teachers and staff who are mission-aligned, believe in our students’ limitless potential, and are committed to growing their craft in service of our students’ future.
We believe in our students’ limitless potential and that their past does not dictate their future. We believe that each and every one of our students must read, think, and discuss critically. We believe in providing an academic curriculum that prepares all our students to access and succeed in college. We believe in social-emotional learning, character development, and self advocacy. If you believe this, we want you.
Teachers have weekly 1-on-1 coaching sessions that include classroom observations and debriefs. Foci include curriculum and calendar pacing, proactively planning for student misconceptions, exploratory lesson instruction, and assessment cycle data analysis. Coaching Cycles are designed to develop specific pedagogical skills and instructional moves that place the academic rigor on student critical thinking and communicating as addressed above.
We have implemented a robust teacher coaching program that starts with a 15-day summer training and continues with ongoing coaching cycles throughout the year. Every Friday, school ends at 1:00 PM so teachers and staff have dedicated professional development sessions, team collaboration, and collaboration time. All teachers also have dedicated flex periods to plan and review lessons, meet with team members and coaches, partner with families, and complete other role-specific tasks.
We are a team of teams. Teachers have opportunities to collaborate and grow within departments, grade levels, and school-wide student teams as well as working with highly capable operations, student support, and school culture teams to advance learning. We strive to provide all necessary technology, resources, and supplies to teachers and staff so our team can focus on their craft and student learning.
Our team reports that we create a welcoming environment given our varying backgrounds (race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and religion) and that the mission and purpose of Libertas makes us feel that our job is important. We believe in diversity of thought, experience, and background and in the power of both working alongside people who are similar and different to us. What’s more, we know deeply the positive and profound impact it can have on our students to have teachers and staff who reflect them and aspects of their own identity.
Troy Jackson, Director of Talent
Hi, it’s nice to meet you! I proudly hail from Hamden, CT and have been working in education for the past decade. I’ve been told my secret sauce is my ability to connect with people both professionally and personally – and I love talking with people interested in a career at Libertas Academy. Schedule 15 minutes with me here and learn more our school and team!
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
The recruitment season has begun for the 2023-24 school year!
We are currently accepting applications from interested individuals for the below positions:
Lower Academy (6th-8th Grade) Positions:
Upper Academy (9-11 Grade):
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org with the role you are applying for in the subject line. We commit to reviewing your application and responding with 72 business hours. Thank you in advance for your interest.
OUR HIRING PROCESS
We believe that our students’ success depends on our staff’s success. We are committed to creating an inclusive, mission-driven, and achievement-oriented team that is focused on student learning and success. To have the right team, we must recruit and hire the right team. Below is a sample of what the interview process may be like for you, and we’re happy to answer any specific questions about it that you might have if you contact us at email@example.com.
“I wanted to work in a school where I was valued and felt like a member of a family. At LACS, I found that family, as well as a school that’s invested in my growth, both personally and professionally. The team at Libertas has helped me to refine and hone my teaching skills and ensures that I show up as my best self every day. Because I can show up authentically, I can push the kids to show up as their best authentic selves as well. When teachers win, the students and the school community as a whole are stronger for it. I win every day at Libertas.
-Ms. Baptiste, 8th Grade ELA Teacher
“I came on as a teacher, within the first year I grew into the position of a grade level chair, 2 years after that I’ve been moved up to the Asst. Dean Position so the growth every year both financially and in has been evident been supported in professional development opportunities – they’ve hunted situations for me and opportunities outside of our charter.”
-Ms. Rodriguez, Founding 6th Grade Math Teacher and Current 8th Grade Math Teacher
“It’s a family – it’s a place where we have family members that work here because everyone knows that we’re all rowing in the same direction. As an adult, when you’re looking for stability in life you want that, you want to know that you’re part of a team that is actually wanting to see you succeed…”
-Mr. Barone, 8th Grade Science Teacher
Teacher Ambassadors Program
Here at LACS we are committed to ensuring that our Teachers are supported. We created a program to help new teachers navigate joining a new organization. LACS’ Teacher ambassadors school’s brand and mission and support with the following:
- School Tours during the interview day
- Serve as a New Teacher Mentor
- Participate in teacher panels
Why Western Mass?
Culture and History. Springfield and Western Massachusetts are diverse and growing regions. We are comprised of people who identify across all backgrounds including but not limited to race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religion, and gender. We are inclusive and welcoming; we believe in our city’s history and the people who help build it and are welcoming to newcomers who want to be a part of our community.
Urban culture and natural scenery. Pioneer Valley has an abundance to offer during the days, nights, and weekends. Like the outdoors, hike, biking, and skiing – there are countless trails and options in the Northampton, South Hadley, and Amherst areas and Vermont is just an hour away. If you’re looking for a more urban scene, downtown Springfield offers various restaurants, bars, the MGM casino, and continues to grow.
Central Location. In addition to all the sights Springfield has to offer, it is easily accessible to all of New England – the Berkshires are one hour West, Vermont is one hour North, Boston is 1.5 hours East, and New York City is just 2.5 – 3 hours South. If you’re up for a short road trip, you can travel to New Hampshire or Maine in 3-4 hours to see the trees changing in the Fall and if you head four hours south, you’ll quickly find yourself in Philadelphia, PA.