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.
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.
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
Teacher Retirement Benefits
Professional Development Opportunities
Eight paid national holidays plus the school closes during the last week of the year
3 personal days each year
Vacation and sick leave (per collective bargaining agreement for certified teachers)
Current Employment Opportunities
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.
Implement instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences
Identify, select, and modify instructional resources to meet the needs of students with varying backgrounds, learning styles and special needs
Work collaboratively with special education teachers and interventionists to ensure that children meet IEP goals
Continually use data to inform instructional decisions
Prepare and submit developmentally appropriate, on-time lesson plans for daily activities
Provide a structured, positive classroom that encourages students to think critically throughout the learning process
Maintain effective and efficient record keeping procedures
Communicate effectively and regularly, both orally and in writing, with students and parents
Collaborate with peers to enhance the instructional environment school-wide
Participate in school-wide and grade level data teams and Professional Learning Communities to share best practices and help improve overall school performance
Ensure that student growth is continuous and appropriate for age group, subject area, and/or program classification
Establish and maintain cooperative and respectful working relationships with students, parents and other school personnel
Assume responsibility for meeting school-wide student performance goals
Satisfy professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, attending grade level meetings, performing duties
Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers and leaders
Certification, Knowledge and Skills: The Teacher must:
Maintain a current Connecticut teacher certification (033, 034, 234 or 235)
Aspire to master his/her content area or subject matter and be willing and able to receive constructive criticism to achieve that goal
Be willing and able to offer constructive feedback to assist colleagues
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
Fervently believe in NBFA’s mission and be willing to work diligently to positively impact the life outcomes of our students
Compensation: Per collective bargaining agreement
Additional Salary Information: Per collective bargaining agreement
New Beginnings Family Academy provides its students a rigorous education that ensures academic success and builds character in partnership with their families.
At New Beginnings Family Academy, our classrooms are named after history makers - people like Sojourner Truth, Ben Ochoa, Isaac Newton, Helen Keller – and our walls are filled with flags from colleges all across the country. That’s beca...use we believe it takes both INTELLIGENCE plus CHARACTER to properly educate a child in the 21st century.
Located in Connecticut's largest and one of its poorest cities - where the high school dropout rate is nearly 50% and the local district struggles to overcome some of the lowest standardized test scores in the state - New Beginnings Family Academy distinguishes itself through rigorous academic and character building curricula, an extended school day and year, strong instructional leadership, and a diversely talented teaching staff.
NBFA students consistently outperform their peers in the district and rival state scores on standardized exams. Our graduates demonstrate the lasting value of a quality, well-rounded education at New Beginnings Family Academy. Distinguished students have been awarded scholarships to Fairfield College Preparatory School, Greens Farms Academy, St. Luke's School and Notre Dame High School, just to name a few.