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Teaching at CASA

Teachers collaborate at CASA Academy

Teaching at CASA Academy

Who are we?

CASA Academy is a tuition-free charter school serving elementary grades. We provide low-income scholars with the early academic foundation and character skills necessary to graduate from college and succeed in life. At CASA, we care deeply about our scholars and work tirelessly for their success in a joyful and rigorous community environment.

CASA Academy was founded in 2012 by Jenna Leahy and Tacey Clayton Cundy through the New Schools for Phoenix incubator program, a highly selective and competitive non-profit program devoted to expanding educational opportunities for all students throughout Arizona. With a clear, compelling mission and the experience necessary to execute it, Leahy and Clayton Cundy secured more than $950,000 in start-up funding and submitted CASA Academy’s charter application, which was unanimously approved in January of 2014.

At CASA Academy, 100% percent of scholars qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, the national indicator of poverty; 65% are English Language Learners and 95% are students of color. Our average class size is 25, allowing teachers to develop strong relationships with scholars and to partner with parents.

CASA Academy is located in Phoenix at 35th Avenue and Northern Avenue. With convenient freeway access, it is a short commute away from many suburbs of Phoenix.

Why work at CASA Academy?

We change the future.

At CASA Academy, we change the future. Literally. Every day, teachers will work with scholars to ensure their academic success while shaping their character and making every child feel loved, valued, and respected. CASA Academy provides a transformational education, altering the paths of our scholars’ lives as we prepare them to be leaders in their community.

We are a community.

At CASA, we have a supportive and collaborative team with a positive staff culture. We care about our staff both professionally and personally.

We embrace a growth mindset.

We pride ourselves on our excellent observations and coaching. One-on-one coaching occurs on a weekly basis and teachers participate in school-wide professional development each Thursday. We also offer 3 weeks of professional development in the summer and 2 days of all-day professional development throughout the year.

We have fun!

CASA is a fun and joyful learning environment. We have a free snack bar, coffee bar and beverage station for staff. We also enjoy fun activities as a team including taco nights, monthly lunches organized by our PTO, holiday parties and surprise gifts and treats throughout the year!

We provide a competitive salary and benefits.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package in which we cover 80% of medical, dental and vision costs. You will also have the option to contribute to a voluntary 403(b) plan. We offer a yearly bonus to staff who obtain an “effective” or “highly effective” rating on their end-of-year evaluations. We also offer a yearly retention bonus to returning staff.

See what life at CASA Academy is like.

Who are we looking for?

CASA Academy is seeking educators who are dedicated to the belief that all children deserve access to an excellent education. An ideal candidate is a highly motivated and skilled teacher who:

  • Believes that to close the achievement gap, we must begin at the youngest ages possible.
  • Recognizes that there is nothing more important than providing a high-quality, rigorous education for scholars from low-income backgrounds to prepare them for college, life and society.
  • Believes that every scholars should be held to the highest expectations, both behaviorally and academically.
  • Knows that every child can, with the right instruction and support, take ownership of his/her own education from a young age.
  • Realizes that parents are an integral part of a child’s education and seeks to partner with families regularly.
  • Craves growth and development, and believes that the work of a teacher is never finished.
  • Embodies CASA’s core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, perseverance, empowerment and enthusiasm.
  • Approaches challenges with a solutions-oriented mindset.

If you are ready to join a hard-working team of professionals committed to closing the achievement gap in Phoenix, click here to apply!