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Academic Support Specialist - Maya Angelou Academy

Laurel, MD, US
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description

The Organization

Since it began operating in 1997, the See Forever Foundation's mission has been to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. The Foundation operates the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC, as well as the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings' secure facility for committed youth in Laurel, MD. Our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.

The Academy

Our mission at the Academy is to provide a safe, nurturing and mutually respectful environment that motivates and prepares each student to fulfill his academic or career potential. With the support of a wide circle of caring adults, students will develop the skills they need to make sound decisions and lead rewarding lives.

If you are interested in learning more about See Forever, please visit our website at #removed#

The Touchstone

At the Maya Angelou Schools, the key to our success is rooted in building trusting, respectful and nurturing relationships with each other. We strive to create safe spaces for all to be able to reach their limitless potential. We are at our best when we work together to ensure the unique needs of our community are met. We empower each other to grow successfully so we can see forever! This is how we live the Maya Way, even when no one is watching.

Core Beliefs and Desired Characteristics

Candidates should possess an unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond. Candidates should also believe that all students have strengths and talents and that good teachers help students find them and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears. In addition, candidates should exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Honesty & Integrity: Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidence. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully.
  • Analytical skills: able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it; exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights
  • Persistence: Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Strategic thinking/visioning: Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way; determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends
  • Flexibility/adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions; copes effectively with complexity and change
  • Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has can do attitude.

Position Overview

The Academic Support Specialist has a critical role in the school by supporting each scholar in achieving his education goals through active support in the classrooms, in study halls and in one-on-one tutoring assistance. The Academic Support Specialist will be the primary onsite substitute teacher.

The See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Schools are working actively to put our employee health and safety first with socially distanced measures in place, as well as mandatory temperature checks and periodic COVID-19 testing. This position is required to report in-person at the Maya Angelou Academy located in Laurel, MD.


Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Provide academic support as a classroom assistant during assigned times in the classroom and study hall
  • Work with scholars assigned to APEX classes based on individual scholar schedule needs
  • Work with post-secondary/college prep scholars during their individual schedule time on APEX courses, SAT prep, and other pull-out classes as needed
  • Support the Instructional Team as a substitute teacher where coverage is needed
  • Attend all Instructional Team meetings
  • Maintain Academic Data board with updated data each unit
  • Model and contribute to a school culture of hope and high expectations for achievement
  • Participate in a wide range of school activities, including off-site retreats, family days, and school celebrations.
  • Other duties as assigned depending on school and individual scholar needs and school needs


  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • Experience with working with urban teens in an educational environment
  • Ability to motivate others and work as part of a team
  • Ability to think critically and analytically
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and differences
  • Hold a firm belief that all students have strengths and talents and that a good teacher helps students find these and use them to address weaknesses and overcome fears
  • A commitment to youth advocacy

This position requires ability to communicate effectively, and the ability to use computers, telephones, and other office equipment. Periodic out-of-town travel is also required. To be qualified, you must have the requisite skills, experience and education for the job and must also be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. See Forever Foundation/ Maya Angelou Schools provides reasonable accommodations to applicants upon request.

Salary and Benefits

Our salaries are comparable to those of other public schools in the District of Columbia area. In addition, See Forever offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, HSA/FSA and dependent care accounts, voluntary dental, vision, short term and long term disability options, commuter benefits, a 401k retirement savings plan, student loan refinancing options, and the opportunity to positively impact students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.

See Forever is an equal opportunity employer. We believe a diverse staff is a better, more effective staff.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

See Forever Foundation / Maya Angelou Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to a work environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form. It is our policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity in employment for all persons and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment.

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