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Elementary ENL Teacher

Explore Schools
New York City, New York
Closing date
Sep 25, 2022

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Elementary English as a New Language (ENL) Teacher, Brooklyn, New York

In-Person Work Required

This is an exempt position and is not eligible for overtime

Who We Are

Explore Schools is a network of public charter schools providing 2,000 students in Brooklyn with the outstanding education they deserve. Our goal is to provide students with curriculum and instruction that is both standards-aligned and culturally responsive. Our approach is designed to provide the conditions that nurture students as critical thinkers and natural problem-solvers. As an organization we are committed to engaging in work that disrupts and roots out systems and structures that perpetuate white supremacy. We intentionally seek to build and maintain a diverse and talented team that reflects the backgrounds and experiences of our students and creates an inclusive environment for all employees.

What We Believe

We believe that all children can learn when immersed in a rich environment full of high expectations, rigorous academics, and caring, committed adults. We believe equity and excellence are not mutually exclusive-we can meet the needs of all students in our schools, while actively engaging parents and driving toward excellent academic results. We believe it is both our privilege and responsibility to help close the opportunity gap in the Brooklyn community.

Who You Are

You are a special educator with experience teaching at-risk students in grades K-5. You are ready to provide targeted and individualized instruction to students. You prioritize student engagement, critical thinking, and relationship building in the classroom. . You have demonstrated that you are a reflective practitioner and prioritize the needs of your students first and are committed to doing the work to educate the whole child.
  • Dedicated to working in communities that have historically been underserved and under-resourced
  • Committed to thoughtfully engaging in identity work necessary to take a culturally responsive approach to pedagogy and relationship-building with students and colleagues
  • Experience providing targeted and individualized instruction to students with special needs
  • Exceptional level of patience and focus to overcome challenges, and achieve results
  • Exceptional communication skills: you shine in front of the classroom and through written and verbal communication
  • Detail-oriented, and highly organized
  • Experience providing ENL services preferred
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Literacy content knowledge strongly preferred
  • New York State ESOL/TESOL Certification preferred
  • Experience w/ NYSTILL and NYSETEL State Testing, Preferred
  • Master's Degree in Education, preferred

What You'll Do

Nearly 20% of our students receive special education services and 10% of our students are English Language Learners. As an ENL Teacher, you will work with our special populations by providing data driven support through differentiated and specialized instruction. You will be expected to manage the following daily:
  • Provide targeted small group literacy instruction to students throughout the day
  • Provide direct service to our students who are English Language Learners to help them reach their academic goals
  • Work collaboratively with grade level teams across content areas
  • Assist teachers with differentiation in the classroom
  • Collaborate as part of the student intervention referral team
  • Support with assessment of students as a proctor and monitor of examinations, including the administration of testing accommodations
  • Provide a range of instructional, management, and assessment strategies to meet the different needs of students
  • Facilitate testing accommodations
  • Assist with non-instructional supervision of students, such as arrival/dismissal, hallway monitoring, substitute teaching, lunch and playground duty, or supervision of extracurricular activities
  • Keep accurate and organized records of student information
  • Actively engage in identity work and necessary conversations in order to dismantle white supremacy culture

Benefits And Perks

Explore Schools staff members receive a competitive salary, paid time off including network shutdown days, considerable matching of retirement contributions, and more. Additionally, you can expect:
  • Comprehensive benefits package including three health plans to choose from, two dental plans, and vision insurance. We also offer flexible spending accounts for health, dependent care and transit.
  • Flexible and reflective leadership: dedicated to staff development, team cohesion, and shared responsibility for decision-making, development, and team-wide priorities
  • Driven and passionate colleagues who contribute to a professional and collaborative work environment
  • Opportunities to sit on various committees and participate in initiatives central to key organizational decisions and strategic planning
  • Our school-based staff also receive:
  • Professional development: weekly PD, year-round retreats and trainings, and ongoing coaching by professionals
  • Continued education support: staff are eligible to receive scholarship funds towards qualifying certification costs or higher education tuition
Our ESI Staff also have the opportunity to seek out and attend professional development, have a supervisor committed to their growth and development, and are eligible to apply to our staff scholarship program.


Explore Schools is a network of 8 charter schools located in Canarsie, Crown Heights, and Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY. Our schools are currently operating fully in-person. For this position:
  • In-person work is required.
  • This is an exempt position and is not eligible for overtime.
  • The standard work week is 45 hours, though at times you may work more. For non-exempt roles, employees are eligible for overtime for any work over 40 hours.
  • This role requires that you be able to stand for at least 5 hours a day, take multiple trips up and down the stairs in a day, and move quickly in an emergency.
  • As this is an in-person role in a DOE building, all staff members are required to follow the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Please reach out to if you'd like to see a copy of the mandate.


As discussed in our Who We Are section, Explore Schools is an equal opportunity employer. It is important to us that all staff members have a place of employment that is free of discrimination of all kinds and where staff can bring their authentic selves to work. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran, or military status. If any employee or applicant believes they have been discriminated against, they should let Rachel Modica-Russell or Tiffany Williams know immediately.

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