21 Apr 2022

Teacher Middle School/High School Math Teacher

The American Indian Academy of Denver
 Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Status: Full-Time 

FLSA Classification: Exempt 

Reports To: Head of School 

Annual Contract Days: 192 Days 

American Indian Academy of Denver (AIAD) is an Indigenized STEAM (science, technology,  engineering, arts and math) public school providing rigorous, interactive learning opportunities  for 6-9th grade students.  

We are committed to creating a sustainable environment where students, staff, and parents are  safe, feel they belong, and are actively engaged. All variations within the identities of race, sex,  gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, language, ability, nationality, tribal  affiliation, immigration status, age, and class are honored; each member of the school  community is deeply valued and provided with what they need to be healthy physically, socially,  emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  

Employment at AIAD means becoming part of a community of caring and driven adults dedicated  to the strengthening of indigenous peoples’ self-determination, mobility and academic excellence  attained through the implementation of Indigenized education. Collaboratively, teachers are  afforded the autonomy to develop and implement lesson plans within AIAD’s integrated STEAM  and ELA/SS curriculum 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.  


The AIAD Math teacher will be responsible for preparing math lessons for all four grade levels.  You will teach one section each of 7th, 8th, & 9th grade math (the other two STEAM teachers will  teach other 6th & 7th grade sections), building each student’s foundation of math using a variety  

of instructional methods nested in culturally competent approaches, student-led discussions,  group learning strategies and differentiated learning modifications/extension that promote  academic achievement for all students. This position will also be responsible for facilitating a  Gifted & Talented class. 


  • Prepare lessons for all four grade levels; 
  • Implement a Tier 1 (stand-alone) math curriculum for 7th, 8th, 9th grade students (one section  each); 
  • Facilitate one section of Gifted & Talented course; 
  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement math interventions and extensions; 
  • Use strength-based restorative classroom practices that foster resiliency and success for  students; 
  • Participate in weekly professional development through a student-centered professional  learning community format; 
  • Develop strong relationships with parents and students, creating investment in school culture  and academics; 
  • Work collaboratively with partner teachers and staff to create consistent structures and  systems; 
  • Maintain records for such things as student attendance, evaluation, report cards, and other  documents; 
  • 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. 


  • Possess Colorado Teaching Licensure and/or endorsements in the subject areas that s/he will  teach and/or hold at least a BA or higher in a relevant subject area; 
  • Possess at least Year-One English Language Acquisition (ELA) qualification or is willing to  acquire this qualification within one year of hire; 
  • Has minimum of 2 years classroom experience; 
  • Has remote teaching experience and demonstrates effective remote teaching strategies; 
  • Possess strong content knowledge, particularly around pre-Algebra, Algebra and Pre Calculus; 
  • Has experience developing and implementing differentiated curriculum and learning  objectives for a wide range of learners; 
  • Has experience and/or strong understanding of how to design culturally competent learning  experiences; 
  • Has experience integrating technology, art/design into instruction and student learning  experiences;
  • Possess deep understanding of what it means to live as part of a marginalized group of  people 
  • Possess great relationship skills and high emotional intelligence. 


  • Loves teaching middle/high schoolers; 
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to decolonized mindsets and practices; 
  • Has experience in project-based, problem-based learning experiences using integrated  approaches; 
  • Has experience with cooperative learning techniques to enhance collaboration skills among  students; 
  • Possess collaborative skills and a willingness to work with colleagues in a Professional  Learning Community; 
  • Possess desire to learn and grow, and is open to feedback from instructional leaders and  colleagues; 
  • Demonstrate willingness to be involved in community activities and events outside of typical  school hours. 

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY  Fill out this preliminary APPLICATION and submit. Have questions? Email Terri Bissonette,  Head of School at WHY CHOOSE AIAD? 
  • Empowering work environment in a community-based school dedicated to community  transformation; 
  • Opportunity to help build a high achieving school nested in Indigenous belief systems and  values; 
  • Participate in a shared leadership model where all voices are heard; 
  • School committed to supporting professional growth for all employees; 
  • Health/dental/vision insurance and PERA (retirement); 
  • Staff wellness opportunities; 
  • Moving stipend for new employees moving to Denver from outside Colorado;
  • $45,000 to $55,000 annual salary range dependent upon education and experience

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Teacher. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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