Instructional Assistant

 About New Beginnings Family Academy

Opened in September 2002 offering grades K-3, New Beginnings Family Academy (“NBFA”) now offers ten years of active and engaging learning experiences from Pre-K through 8th grade. NBFA is a tuition-free, public charter school, proudly distinguished by:

  • A progressive educational model that weaves trauma-sensitive, emotionally responsive practice into every classroom
  • Social emotional learning steeped in child development best practices
  • Parental involvement, in and outside of the classroom
  • Consistent, competitive high-school placement at such schools as Kolbe Cathedral, Hopkins and Fairfield Prep

NBFA is located on an “urban campus” at 184 Garden Street, Bridgeport, CT (within a mile of the University of Bridgeport and the beach at Seaside Park). NBFA is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workplace.  NBFA respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes of all its stakeholders: employees, students, families and members of its Board of Directors.  

 

Mission-Driven Culture

NBFA employees thrive in a collaborative environment of thoughtful, self-reflective professionals on a mission to change the life outcomes of Bridgeport youth by helping to close the nefarious achievement gap. Our mission is to provide students a meaningful, high-quality education through experience-based learning that helps develop essential social, emotional and critical-thinking skills. This gives all children a foundation to achieve their full potential at every stage of life. 

 

Employee Benefits

NBFA offers a full array of benefits, including:

  • Friendly work environment
  • Medical and dental plan (generous portion of employee premium paid by NBFA)
  • Life & AD&D, Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Eight paid national holidays plus the school closes during the last week of the year
  • 3 personal days each year
  • 5 sick day each year

 

Current Employment Opportunities

 

Certified Teacher/Specialists

Classification:                   Full-time/Exempt/185 days

 

Summary:  The NBFA teacher must be committed to and advocate for its mission to provide students a meaningful, high-quality education through experience-based learning that helps develop essential social, emotional and critical-thinking skills. This gives all children a foundation to achieve their full potential at every stage of life. 

 

The Teacher is responsible for delivering developmentally-appropriate, challenging and engaging instruction in the content area(s) consistent with his/her certification while developing meaningful relationships with students that foster a love of learning. The teacher must build and maintain open lines of communication with families to encourage parents/guardians to become education advocates for their children. The Teacher must comply with state and federal education laws and regulations at all times.

 

Principal Accountabilities:

  1. Help teachers maintain a structured, positive classroom that encourages students to think critically
  2. Work with teachers to ensure continuous student growth
  3. Work with teachers to modify instructional resources to meet the needs of students with varying backgrounds, learning styles and special needs
  4. Work collaboratively with special education teachers and interventionists to ensure that children meet IEP goals
  5. Continually use data to inform instructional decisions
  6. Participate in grade level data teams and Professional Learning Communities to share best practices and help improve overall school performance 
  7. Provide students curriculum-based enrichment in a STRETCH Academy club
  8. Lead curriculum-based academics and enrichment in Summer Boost Academy
  9. Maintain cooperative and respectful working relationships with students, parents and school personnel
  10. Communicate effectively and regularly, both orally and in writing, with students and parents
  11. Collaborate with peers to enhance the instructional environment school-wide
  12. Satisfy professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, attending grade level meetings, performing duties 
  13. Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers and leaders

Certification, Knowledge and Skills:  The Paraprofessional/Instructional Aide must:

  1. Be on the teacher track or have 1-3 years of experience in education, child care or related field
  2. Understand that all work responsibilities are subject to performance goals and/or targets established as part of the Board’s and school’s organizational planning
  3. Be willing and able to receive constructive criticism to improve practices to help students
  4. Fervently believe in NBFA’s mission and be willing to work diligently to positively impact the life outcomes of our students