Georgia Charter Schools Association

Utopian Academy for the Arts – Founding Teachers (Clayton)


JOB TITLE: Founding Teachers (All Middle School Content Areas)

Utopian Academy for the Arts is an independent public charter school serving middle school children and families throughout Clayton County, GA. Utopian Academy will enroll 300 students in the 2014-15 school year. Utopian Academy was approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia and will operate as a Local Education Agency (LEA). The rationale for the enrollment plan for Utopian Academy for the Arts is to provide a significant educational benefit of having a gender-based classroom environment, longer school day, longer school year, Saturday school, and classes in the dramatic, media, and culinary arts for students in Clayton County, GA.

About the Founding Teachers Role

The founding teachers of the Academy for the Arts will share a strong belief that all children can learn and be high achievers. The Expeditionary Learning Approach at UAFA will be rigorous standards based and provide opportunities for all students to excel in all areas. Through an integrated arts and expeditionary learning program augment the school’s demanding academic program, these elements come together through learning expeditions that allow students to incorporate and apply their classroom learning through real world experiences.


  • Develop lesson plans that ensure the attainment of state learning standards and the additional specific grade-by-grade learning standards set forth in the charter;

  • Coordinate lesson plans with other teachers to maximize possibilities for teaching similar topics in the same general time frame, thus reinforcing student knowledge on an interdisciplinary basis;

  • Provide direct and indirect instruction;

  • Long and short-term planning addressing individual needs of students;

  • Prepare students adequately for all required assessments;

  • Evaluate students’ progress;

  • Prepare at least quarterly individual student achievement reports for parents;

  • Provide an inviting, exciting, innovative, learning environment;

  • Engage in effective and appropriate classroom management;

  • Report directly to the Academic Director/Principal;

  • Accept and incorporate feedback and coaching from administrative staff;

  • Serve as an advisor to students, including organizing advisory groups, overseeing the academic and behavioral progress;

  • Perform other duties, as deemed appropriate, by the Academic Director/ Principal.


  • BA or BS Degree or higher

  • Valid Georgia teaching certification in middle school Mathematics, English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Spanish and Special Education. Demonstrated expertise in their subject matter and/ or direct subject-area teaching experience;

  • Demonstrated communication skills- Model correct use of language, oral and written;

  • Demonstrated ability and experience to engage the interest of middle school-age children;

  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse children, including those with special needs;

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with parents;

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member;

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate tests and measurements of achievement;

  • Demonstrated willingness to be held accountable for student’s results.


    Application and materials must be submitted electronically by June 30th, 2014 to PLEASE STATE POSITION APPLIED FOR IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION.

  • Completed Application for Employment

  • Cover letter / letter of interest defining your strengths in your subject matter, including your experience with supporting a charter school, expeditionary learning, or arts integrated school. Please cite specific and measurable examples from your practice that make you a fit for our Founding Teacher position.

  • Resume

  • Valid Copy of your teaching certificate or steps that you will obtain to secure a valid certificate for the position applied for.

  • 3 Current Letters of Recommendation with contact information