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Middle School Lead Teacher

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Location: Nashville TN

Company Name: KIPP Foundation

Occupational Category: 25-2022.00,Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Date Posted: 2020-02-24

Valid Through: 2020-03-25

Employment Type: FULL_TIME


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Middle School Lead Teacher


KIPP Nashville

Nashville, TN

Type: Instructional

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time

Start Date: 2020-21 School Year

Subject: English Language Arts/Reading; Writing; ESL & ELL; Math; Science; Social Studies/History

Grade: 5; 6; 7; 8

Organization: KIPP Nashville

Preferred Locations:




About KIPP Nashville

KIPP Nashville is a network of high-performing, college preparatory public schools that has been committed to creating a vibrant, college-going culture in Nashville since 2005. KIPP Nashville is part of the acclaimed KIPP Network, which educates 100,000 students nation-wide and supports students from educationally under-resourced communities to college graduation through our KIPP Through College program.

KIPP Nashville currently operates 3 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school. 100% of our 2019 alumni graduated high school with acceptance to 4 year colleges or post-secondary institutions and are projected to complete college at a rate 4x that of their peers. We are excited to continue our growth to ensure all students in Nashville have access to an excellent education.

The mission of KIPP Nashville is to cultivate in its students the character and academic skills needed to succeed in college and have an opportunity-filled life in the world beyond. If you share in this belief, if you have a proven willingness to do what it takes for students to achieve, if you thrive in an environment that is both collaborative and entrepreneurial, then you are already a KIPPster.

Responsibilities of a KIPP Nashville Middle School Lead Teacher include, but are not limited to:

Curriculum Development and Instruction
• Revise and implement a rigorous curriculum aligned with state and national standards for college-readiness
• Develop academically rigorous lessons, adapt unit plans, rubrics and assessments
• Use data to inform instructional decisions
• Provide students with daily feedback on mastery performance in character and academics and plan for individual learning needs
• Demonstrate strong pedagogy

Commitment to School and Classroom Culture
• Work collaboratively with your school team and those across KIPP Nashville
• Help develop school-wide culture that best fits the needs of our students, teachers and families
• Attend and participate in all staff meetings and communicate openly with staff
• Develop positive rapport with students
• Create and foster a positive and calm learning environment
• Enforce, uphold, and exhibit school’s values, student management policies and culture

Family Engagement
• Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents and share progress
• Be available for open houses, parent teacher conferences and other events involving parents
• Make him/herself available to students, parents and other staff members

​​​​​Growth Mindset
• Participate in school-wide and individual professional development, including pre-service training over the summer and weekly during the academic year
• Willing to offer support and receive constructive feedback from colleagues in order to create a professional working atmosphere that is conducive to change and improvement
• Pursue challenging professional goals each year

Qualifications & Experience
• Valid Tennessee teaching license or willingness to pursue state certification, if needed
• Commitment to working with students from educationally under-resourced communities
• Bachelor’s degree
• Pass Criminal Background Check
• At least two years of teaching experience
• Experience teaching in low-income schools (Highly Preferred)
• Demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of traditionally under-served students (Highly Preferred)

Desired Characteristics
• Unwavering commitment to KIPP Nashville’s mission, students, families, and community
• Firm belief in affirming the identity of students, families, and staff
• Passionate about growing as a leader for racial justice and serving in an anti-racist school
• Eagerness to collaborate and problem-solve with a variety of stakeholders
• Sensitive and responsive to the needs of others
• Demonstrate commitment to continue their professional development individually
• Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be flexible, and willing to go above and beyond to meet the varied and constant needs of students


Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes benefits.

Please contact Kristen Kendall, Manager of Talent Recruitment, at with questions.

KIPP Nashville 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 veteran status.