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ASPIRA of Illinois – Leadership Through Education

Founded in 1961, Dr. Antonia Pantoja’s vision for ASPIRA was to create leadership clubs to address

young people’s need for positive cultural identity, leadership skills and ensure graduation from college

to pursue a career and give back to the community

ASPIRA of Illinois was established in 1968 by a group of educators to address the social and

educational challenges of Puerto Rican students in Chicago. This group of educators were inspired by Dr.

Antonia Pantoja’s work in New York.

Overtime, ASPIRA of Illinois has evolved into 4 charter schools and youth center in Chicago.

Position Summary

The Spanish Teacher teaches course curriculum that motivates the student to learn integrating a course of study within the parameters of the school philosophy, Illinois State Board of Education, the school’s framework and learning goals

ASPIRA ESL/ELA TEACHER Essential Functions:

  • Performs those activities listed in the district’s classroom teacher job description as appropriate and applicable.
  • Plans, organizes, and provides instruction in English in the Core Curriculum Content Standards and Illinois English Language Proficiency Standards (IELPS). Instruction must be consistent and coordinated with the district’s instructional program so that students meet and exceed learning targets and the requirements outlined in the state and federal law.
  • Develops and delivers lesson plans utilizing a broad range of appropriate differentiated techniques and strategies addressing all aspects of communication that develop each student’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in content areas at levels that ensure learners meet or exceed learning targets, and allow English learners to meaningfully access the district’s instructional program.
  • Administers academic and language assessments for the purpose of evaluating student’s progress in meeting academic learning targets and progress in language acquisition. Maintains complete and accurate records of student’s progress and evidence of growth and progress.
  • Provides a nurturing, supportive, and positive learning environment with high expectations that encourage student responsibility, enhance motivation, clearly communicate classroom routines, and incorporate challenging instructional strategies.
  • Facilitates frequent and effective home-school communication by coordinating: conferences; written communication; parent training and other meetings/events; and administrative support for childcare, interpreting, translations, etc.
  • Attends professional English Language Acquisition meetings as well as serves on building or district committees, and attends staff meetings as may be requested or as established by school policy.
  • Understands and complies with the policies, rules, and regulations regarding the English learners. Advocates for the program needs that are required to meet the learning needs of English learner.
  • Performs such other and not specifically enumerated duties as may be requested by the supervisor
  • Maintain positive, cooperative and mutually supportive relationships with the all ASPIRA staff, community, administration, parents and representatives of resource agencies 
  • Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, ASPIRA staff, parents, school personnel and agencies associated with the school 
  • Commit to the Network’s mission and vision
  • Follow Network’s policies and procedures
  • Perform other duties as assigned 


  • Valid State of Illinois Teaching Certificate. PEL
  • Endorsement or approval in English as a Second Language, and ELA
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to English language acquisition.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, both oral and written 
  • Demonstrate ability to influence others, effectively address audience of all levels and foster collaborative working relationships 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Travel to other facilities and/or locations 

Statement of other duties: This document describes the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time.

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