English Language Learner Teacher



  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, TESOL, Linguistics, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Valid teaching certification with an endorsement in ELL/ESL.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in ELL instruction and student support services.
  • Strong understanding of cultural differences and challenges faced by international students.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in a second language is a plus.
  • At least three years of teaching experience in a residential or day school setting is preferred.
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Position Summary 

The English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher provides high-quality English language instruction to students whose first language is not English. The ideal candidate will be passionate about education, culturally sensitive, and adept at fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for students from diverse backgrounds.

Teaching and learning revolve around a competency-based education system aligned with our Pillars: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Human-Centered Design, Integrated & Experiential Learning, and Belonging & Togetherness. This system assesses “Pillar” competencies applicable across all subject areas and subject-specific competencies to demonstrate expertise in ELL. The NEIA values of equity, agency, and adaptability are deeply embedded in this approach, ensuring that students, or ‘innovators,’ develop skills crucial for the next generation of leaders. NEIA’s educational process extends beyond traditional classrooms, encompassing activities like advocacy groups, explorations, residential programs, service projects, expeditions, and internships. These activities embody and promote NEIA’s values, striving to provide an innovative, relevant, and future-focused learning experience. At its core, NEIA believes in the transformative power of empathy, curiosity, and collaboration in making a positive impact on the world.

The position entails a full teaching load comprising four classes with two or three different course preparations, or the equivalent. The role includes advising a group of five to eight students, chaperoning weekend activities once or twice each term, and actively engaging in various student life and extracurricular activities. Teachers also collaborate and innovate with colleagues across different curricular areas and divisions.

Teachers invest deeply in the school’s community by participating in the advising (called advocacy at NEIA) program, contributing to social and emotional learning initiatives, attending weekly staff meetings for subject areas and divisions, and participating in extracurricular activities such as explorations and clubs. The role is integral to enhancing the overall student experience, requiring a commitment to the various facets of school life at NEIA.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Head of Teaching & Learning, teachers are responsible for preparing lesson plans, regularly updating curriculum, and collaborating with colleagues. Their duties include assessing student work and performance through NEIA’s competency-based model, providing feedback, documenting student progress, writing student report notes, and assigning learning extensions. Teachers are expected to create and manage a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential and accomplish the learning goals of NEIA. Finally, teachers are also expected to understand and utilize human-centered design as a process and set it as an ethos across our program.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

ELL Instruction:
● Design and implement an engaging ELL curriculum aligned with NEIA’s educational philosophy.
● Conduct English language assessments and tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.
● Utilize innovative teaching methods to enhance language acquisition and student engagement.
● Collaborate with other faculty members to support ELL students in mainstream classrooms.
● Monitor and report on student progress, providing feedback and strategies for improvement.

Expectations for all Teachers

  • Embody NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaboration in all work activities and actions.
  • Develop engaging, educational, and exciting integrated and experiential curriculum and lesson plans tailored to students’ interests and needs.
  • Implement classroom management strategies to maintain focus and productivity among students.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional techniques to accommodate students’ diverse needs and learning styles, aligning with individual learning plans where applicable.
  • Regularly assess student progress through NEIA’s competency system, providing timely and constructive feedback and informing students about their performance.
  • Build positive relationships with students, fostering their academic growth and development.
  • Collaborate with other teachers, administrators, and school counselors to enhance student learning experience.
  • Identify students facing learning or emotional challenges or home situations, and work with the Student Support Team to provide necessary resources and support.
  • Stay informed about and actively utilize individual learning plans in teaching and student interactions.
  • Communicate effectively with parents and guardians regarding students’ performance and needs.
  • Incorporate goals, competencies, and objectives into lesson plans that directly apply to students’ lives.
  • Strive to achieve school and course-wide performance goals for every student in class.
  • Engage in ongoing professional learning per the school’s professional growth framework.
  • Support the initiatives and strategic goals set forth by the School Leadership.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and required by the position and the School.

The Hours of Work and Responsibilities for Teaching Staff at NEIA Include:

  • Teaching staff teach four classes each semester, typically with two or three different course preparations.
  • The standard workday for teaching staff members is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays.
  • Teachers are available for extra help from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays unless they are engaged in other NEIA-related commitments.
  • Attendance at all scheduled teaching staff meetings is mandatory for teaching staff.
  • Teaching staff must participate in training sessions or professional learning activities, typically scheduled when the school is not in session.
  • Each teacher is required to support or lead clubs and explorations. Clubs are scheduled twice a week for 40-minute sessions within the class day, while explorations take place in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., three to four days a week. Teachers either lead or assist two explorations OR one club and one exploration each year.
  • Teachers chaperone weekend activities or serve as the Adult on Duty once or twice each term. 
  • Participation in various school functions is necessary, including but not limited to Opening Meetings, Opening Family Picnic, Overnight Student Orientation Trip, Family Weekend, Professional Days, PIN Points (one or two curricular presentations), Dive into NEIA (three academic days a year), Accepted Student Days, Admission Open House Events, Graduation, End-of-Year Learning Exposition & Gala, and End-of-School Meetings.
  • The Head of School may assign additional duties as needed to meet the school’s requirements.


Those living in on-campus housing assume the following *House Parent* responsibilities:

Weekday Duties: Overseeing the evening hours, ensuring the House remains safe and maintains a quiet environment from lights out time.

Weekend Responsibilities:
● Supervising students on campus.
● Chaperoning off-campus trips.
● Serving as the overnight, on-campus presence to ensure student safety and order.

Emergency Contact Role:
● Acting as the primary contact for the guardians of residential students outside of school hours on weekdays (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.).
● Being the point person for handling weekend passes, permissions, and emergencies.

This role is integral to the residential experience at NEIA, requiring a dedicated and responsible
approach to support the unique needs of boarding students.

Supervisory Responsibilities

●The ELL Teacher does not supervise any other employees at NEIA.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
● Stand/sit for long periods of time.
● Bend, lift, push, kneel, crouch, crawl, stoop.
● Capable of adapting to frequent changes in position throughout the workday.
● Hearing and speaking to understand and exchange information in person or on the telephone.
● Speak clearly so listeners understand.
● Use hands and fingers for manipulation, educational tools, play equipment, keyboarding, and performance of first aid and CPR.
● Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception.


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