About Perea Elementary

Opening in Fall 2018, our new charter school will bring a unique, nationally-acclaimed elementary school model to Memphis. In partnership with the Momentous Institute (Dallas, TX) and Perea Preschool (Memphis, TN), Perea Elementary School will apply thoroughly researched best practices to prepare our students academically, socially, and emotionally for success today and tomorrow.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to .

Open Positions:

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

Reports to: Executive Director

Position Summary: The Dean of Curriculum and Instruction will oversee the implementation of academic intelligence programming, including curricula, curricular resources, assessments, and instruction. S/he will report to the Executive Director. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Establishing high standards for academic excellence across all classrooms
  • Providing ongoing observation, coaching, and professional development for teachers in order to continually improve teaching practices
  • Monitoring student progress and applying needed instructional interventions
  • Supporting the Executive Director and faculty in developing, refining, and aligning the school’s curriculum and assessments
  • Providing significant support to teachers as they interpret and apply student achievement data
  • Advising the Executive Director regarding personnel decisions for instructional staff
  • Providing leadership for teachers, teaching assistants, and support staff
    Modeling best practices by teaching model lessons as needed
  • Overseeing the administration of all standardized testing procedures with fidelity
  • Providing all instructional staff with support and accountability aligned to Perea’s Commitment for Student Success, which includes the following:
    • Rigorously developing our students’ academic skills
    • Supporting the school’s unique approach to developing students’ social-emotional skills
    • Fostering a learning environment that combines structure and smiles
    • Providing high-quality learning experiences all day, every day
      Ensuring that students understand how deeply their teachers care for them
    • Engaging with students, parents, and community members to better respond to their compliments and concerns
    • Regularly informing parents about their children’s academic and social-emotional progress
    • Creating a strong, student-centered relationship between home and school
    • Encouraging in-depth parent participation in the life of the school
    • Utilizing available resources to help families support each other


We are seeking a talented, committed, and results-driven leader who:
Is passionate about the compelling mission of Perea Elementary School

  • Has successfully and dramatically increased the academic achievement levels of low-income and minority students; minimum of three years’ experience preferred
  • Has a strong ability to plan thoughtfully and execute with attention to detail
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build productive relationships with colleagues, students, and parents
  • Demonstrates the utmost personal and professional integrity
  • Holds a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) with a strong record of academic achievement and a Tennessee Teacher License (or eligibility to obtain one)

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to . subject line: Dean of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dean of Social Emotional Learning

Report to: Executive Director

Position Summary: The Dean of Social Emotional Learning position will oversee the implementation of social-emotional intelligence programming, including curricula, curricular resources, assessments, and instruction.

Essential Functions:

  1. Assesses student and school needs including individualized action plans and whole school programs like social-emotional curricula and group interventions.
  2. Supports teachers in the implementation of social-emotional intelligence structures and strategies, including class-based morning meetings, closing circles, and mindful practices.
  3. Oversees the facilitation of daily whole-school morning meetings.
  4. Manages all matters related to discipline, including supporting the use of restorative and preventive behavioral practices and guiding students who are struggling to meet behavioral expectations.
  5. Works closely with Dean of Instructions and Curriculum to design, implement, and evaluate effectiveness of student behavioral and escalation plans.
  6. Consults, support, and strengthen classroom and school-wide practices, professional development for staff.
  7. Provides one-to-one and small group support for significant behavior needs.
  8. Teaches/facilitates group instruction (Advisory and/or social emotional class).
  9. Manages compliance with state and federal regulations, implementation of effective practices and data tracking.
  10. Promotes positive culture; support critical transition or unstructured times including a combination of the following: arrival, dismissal, breakfast, lunch, recess, and after school.
  11. Participates in leadership, department, and grade-level meetings.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree required. School counseling and/or mental health license credential preferred and three-five (3-5) year of experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to value diversity and demonstrates cultural competence and sensitivity; experienced in supporting diverse needs and working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to identify or vicariously experience another person’s situation.
  • Ability to maintain the capacity to set boundaries and accept the limits of what can be accomplished.
  • Ability to be sensitive to body language, social cues, and implications and cultural patters of behaviors.
  • Ability to evaluate ones’ own performance and work towards improving it.
  • Successfully manage and prioritize the logistical aspects of the job.
  • Ability to negotiate, compromise and work well with others.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal, with different audiences, including students, parents/guardians, and staff.
  • Understands and supports Perea’s mission and values.
Family Guidance Coordinator

Position Summary:  The Family Guidance Coordinator position is responsible for overseeing elements related to Perea Elementary School (PES) interpersonal intelligence programming. This position is also responsible for managing all aspects of enriched family engagement to ensure that parents are actively and meaningfully engaged in the school, with staff, with their child(ren), and with other parents. In addition, be instrumental in developing parents as our partners to support student learning.

Essential Functions:

  1. Serves as the liaison between school and parents.
  2. Educates teachers and staff on how to communicate and work effectively with parents as equal partners.
  3. Advises and trains parents on how to address issues with the leadership staff in school meetings.
  4. Serves as a school-based intermediary contact for concerns and comments made by parents and community members,
  5. Provides referrals to community-based services for families.
  6. Expands opportunities for continued learning, voluntary community service and civic participation.
  7. Develops community collaborations.
  8. Promotes sharing of power with parents as decision-makers
  9. Helps parents understand the educational system so they can become better advocates for their children’s education.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s or advance degree in early childhood education, and three to five (3 – 5) years of proven experience in collaborating with parents in the education of their children.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experienced in serving as an advocate for children and parents.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Self-motivated leader who can work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of family engagement research and literature.
  • Strong knowledge of computer and fundamental technology.
  • Understands and respects the diversity of families’ economic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds and situations.
  • Ability to host parent meetings off school sites and in the local community and/or neighborhoods.
  • Strong understanding of student achievement data.
  • Ability to speak eloquently to school and/or district leaders.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends.
Office Manager

Position Summary:  The Office Manager position plays a central role in ensuring an orderly, responsive,
and open school. In addition to maintaining Perea Elementary School (PES)
administrative systems and routines, the Office Manager functions as the primary
contact person for all of the school’s personnel. In this role, the Office Manager must
be able to communicate effectively with students, teachers, families, community
partners, and visitors.

Essential Functions:

  1. Manages all front office duties including welcoming visitors, answering phones,
    monitoring mails, and maintaining a clean and organized office environment.
  2. Coordinates classroom/office assistants in carrying out work related operations.
  3. Ensures completeness and accuracy of all student records including attendance,
    academic, and disciplinary data.
  4. Manages the daily responsibilities associated with student food services,
    transportation services, health services, custodial personnel and third party
  5. Provides general school support including preparing campus, purchasing
    equipment and supplies, maintaining school calendar, facilitating safety drills,
    working with security and custodial staff, and assisting with scheduling.
  6. Manages relationships and monitors vendor’s performance.
  7. Assists with the planning and implementation of school events.
  8. Oversees the maintenance of technology infrastructure
  9. Collaborates with other members of the school community.
  10. Assist with other special projects as needed.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree, with at least 2 years of relevant experience in a fast-paced
environment and managing multiple projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong project management skills, ability to handle multiple priorities, flexile, and detailed oriented.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Able to assume additional responsibilities outside of job description if necessary.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Brings a positive attitude and a desire to make a difference in the lives of children through education.
  • Self-starter who consistently delivers high quality work product with a high level of professionalism.
  • Possess the ability to adjust quickly to constantly changing priorities and be responsive to feedback.
  • Possess extraordinary attention to detail with the ability to think critically about a variety of tasks.
  • Skilled in problem solving and approaching challenges with a “go-getter” mindset.
  • Ability to multi-tasking and organizing on competing priorities.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of modern official equipment: Microsoft applications, copiers, printers, software.
  • Experienced in reviewing and reconciling expense reports.
  • Understands and supports Perea’s mission and values.

Commitment to Diversity:

Perea School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Kindergarten Teacher

Report to: Executive Director

Position Summary:  The position of Kindergarten Teachers will be responsible for teaching students a variety of fundamental subjects throughout the day. These subjects will include social studies, science, language arts (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), and math.

Essential Functions:

  1. Provides children with a fully-integrated learning day.
  2. Teaches student skills of self-regulation and communication.
  3. Teaches students through active engagement.
  4. Models investigative mindsets through play.
  5. Engages students in lines of inquiry to enhance their play and learning.
  6. Evaluates child’s achievement of the overall kindergarten expectations.
  7. Makes observations of students and parents to inform a child’s learning style.
  8. Communicates with parents and students often.
  9. Helps students develop imagination throughout various learning centers in the classroom.
  10. Helps kindergartners develop better coordination through gross and fine motor activities.
  11. Helps kindergartners develop a healthy body and body image.
  12. Helps kindergartener master new motor skills through modeling and activities.
  13. Models emotional regulation for kindergartners.
  14. Teaches appropriate behaviors in a particular school setting.
  15. Models understanding and response for behavior.
  16. Models clear rules in the classroom and for the outside world.
  17. Models consistent expectations for the classroom.
  18. Uses positive discipline tactics that are developmentally appropriate.
  19. Helps students develop positive relationships with each other and other people in their lives.
  20. Teaches emotional intelligence in a way that is practical and relevant.
  21. Teaches and models behavior of strong readers and listeners to encourage development.
  22. Shows kindergarten students that reading is fun.
  23. Teaches kindergartners how to make hypotheses about a story development.
  24. Teaches kindergartners about cause and effect in a story.
  25. Models how kindergartners should listen and concentrate in a classroom.
  26. Teaches kindergarteners how to use words to express increasingly sophisticated feelings.
  27. Teaches students the foundations of literacy and numeracy.
  28. Helps families identify potential strengths and areas of need.
  29. Helps families’ access resources and supports for child development and emergent academics.
  30. Undertakes professional development whenever possible; share professional resources and observations.
  31. Advocates for appropriate freedom and autonomy for students at home and in the classroom.
  32. Praises students in order to acknowledge their development and achievements using appropriate words and body language.
  33. Conducts all work activities in a timely and professional manner reflecting best educational practices.
  34. Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree with a strong record of academic achievement and a Tennessee Teacher License (or eligibility to obtain one).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to speak clearly to students, other teachers, parents and administration staff.
  • Ability to explain new ideas and unfamiliar concepts with authority in a clear and concise way so that students can understand.
  • Ability to write progress reports, notes home, and in the case of postsecondary teachers, publish research.
  • Ability to create a loving and warm atmosphere for learning.
  • Ability to deal with students who act out or have trouble following the material.
  • Ability to involve students into their lessons using different learning styles to get the most out of each student.
  • Ability to engage parents and create healthy relationships with students and faculty.
  • Understands and supports Perea’s mission and values.

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