Middle School English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist

Prospective Openings [2021-22] East Boston Campus, East Boston , MA


Organizational Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400 students in grades 5 to 12. At Excel Academy Charter Schools, we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned to their personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory. 

We present our students with educational experiences that allow them to grow and discover their best selves so that when they leave our halls, they can successfully navigate all of the post-secondary options available to them. You can read more about the impact of the Excel Academy model here.

At Excel Academy we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements. We have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that values our community as collaborators in the learning process, social-emotional support, equity for diverse learners, and fosters identity development. We prioritize an approach that is both rigorous and inclusive. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff are at the core of the work we do. 

Growth Happens Here.

Duties & Responsibilities

The ELL Specialist provides direct instruction to students in need of a substantially separate English as a Second Language (ESL) course.  A member of the Learning Support Department, this individual reports directly to the Dean of Student Supports and is responsible for the following activities:

  • Teacher Support
    • Collaborate with teachers to help students master content and language objectives.
    • Advise teachers on accommodating curriculum for ELL students.
    • Collaborate with teachers to modify curriculum when necessary.
    • Support teachers in guiding ELL students toward the Network Priority Goals.

  • Student Support
    • Teach a substantially separate ELD class based on caseload, or provide inclusion support for classes containing ELL students.
    • Work specifically with ELL students during assigned periods of the day.

  • Programmatic support
    • Manage the ELL program including, but not limited to: completion of necessary paperwork, training of teachers, management of parent and student communications, execution of student testing/screening, and upholding of general Department of Education compliance requests.

  • General Responsibilities
    • Align student support services with the school’s mission and educational philosophy.
    • Participate in generating and upholding Excel staff norms.
    • Serve as a homeroom teacher and academic advisor.
    • Serve as a productive member of the Excel community.


  • A bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred;
  • Must have a current, in-state ESL license (Alternative:  Hold a current out-of-state ESL license, and pass required MTEL exams to transfer certification to MA prior to beginning employment).
  • A commitment to and belief in all students and the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • A commitment to addressing racial and economic inequity in education;
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
  • An openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in receiving feedback for continuous improvement.
       Preference will be given to applicants who also:
  • Have experience in a public or charter school setting;
  • Speak Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic fluently;
  • Can speak to the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture; 
  • Can speak to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to its work as an anti-racist organization. One critical element of that commitment is building and empowering a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve.. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic (languages spoken widely by our diverse community of families) will receive additional compensation, as will staff who are alumni of our schools.

    Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.

    Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.