About the NACA-Inspired Schools Network

NACA Inspired Schools Network (NISN) is dedicated to training leaders through a fellowship program to open schools of excellence and relevance in Indigenous communities. Based on a community-led school development model, NISN seeks to open or support schools that build on community strengths and center student learning in holism, identity development, and academic relevance.

NISN seeks talented individuals from all backgrounds to apply. We are especially interested in individuals who are self-starting, have a growth mindset, practice vulnerability, deeply believe in engaging communities and truly want to see transformation in Indigenous communities. Our people want to work on a diverse, high-energy and do whatever-it-takes team that is committed to social entrepreneurship in Indigenous communities.

Purpose and Function of the NISN-LEAP Teacher Coach

The Teacher Coach will support teachers in the NISN-LEAP Indigenous Educators Pathway cohort through a mix of virtual, face-to-face, and 1:1 support as they work toward securing their licensure. The Teacher Coach works with both NISN and Cooperative Educational Service (CES) Leading Educators Through Alternative Pathways (LEAP) through a collaborative partnership, but is under the direction of NISN.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

Support NISN/LEAP Indigenous Educators Pathway teachers with:

-Feeling empowered and valued in their classrooms
-Completing curriculum
-Delivery of classroom instruction
-Navigating the teaching profession and requirements for licensure
-Grading monthly assignments with feedback
-Present professional development to large groups
-Modeling instruction in the NISN-LEAP candidate’s classroom

Collaborate with the LEAP team on:

-Teacher recruitment and retention
-Professional development and curriculum
-Trends among LEAP candidates
-Program implementation
-Evidence-based instructional strategies
-New Mexico educator preparation program guidelines

Collaborate with the NISN Education Team on: 

-Teacher recruitment and retention
-Professional development and mentorship of new teachers in the network
-Designing and implementing cross-school professional learning opportunities
-Anti-racists/Anti-bias cross-network learning
-Using Street Data to inform instructional pivots and school improvement

Skills, Knowledge, and Mindsets

Experience working with Indigenous communities and/or schools serving Indigenous students utilizing innovative and culturally responsive pedagogies
Extensive skills, ability, and comfort to teach/coach in preK-12 classrooms, with a preference for secondary.
Knowledge of teaching pedagogy that includes special education, culturally responsive practices, reading acquisition, and universal design for learning.
Extensive experience coaching teachers in the development of original curriculum design for cultural relevance.
Have a growth-mindset believing that all students can learn and deserve a teacher that has been well prepared to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Stage-presence for delivering professional development and facilitating workshops for large groups.
Innate ability to be a self-starter and efficient communicator.
Works as part of a team and must be highly collaborative, responsive, accountable and solutions-oriented
A drive to reimagine New Mexico’s public education system.
Passion for learning from and contributing to dynamic and diverse educational communities

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree
Level II or Level III NM Licensure or National Boards Teaching Certification
Highly Qualified in two or more areas (Dual License Preferred)
5 Years or more classroom experience
Experience mentoring other teachers
Experience in designing professional development in PreK-12 setting
5 years or more experience working with Indigenous communities or within a school that serves predominantly Indigenous students

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to prepare lesson plans across multiple content areas and grade levels.
Knowledge of preparing for and passing NM Praxis exams
Preferred dual certification in general and special education.
Preferred National Board Certification
Multiple years of classroom teaching experience, preferably in secondary classrooms
Preferred TESOL or Bilingual endorsements
Highly Qualified in multiple content areas
Experience in designing and delivering engaging face-to-face and virtual presentations
Knowledge of NMPED policies

Salary: This is a director level position in the range of $61,000 – $83,000


Benefits: NISN offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, and life insurance; over 30 company holidays; up to 10 days of paid time off and 5 days of cultural leave; and a 401(k) plan with an automatic 3% employer match.


This position requires state-wide travel for 1:1 coaching support, grading graduate-level coursework, lesson planning and delivering engaging professional development sessions. It is important to note that travel accounts for 30% of this role in order to provide effective support to teachers. There will be potential schedule aberrations to meet the needs of the position that periodically require working weekends and/or evenings.


Contact Valerie Siow at val@nacainspiredschoolsnetwork.org if you have further questions regarding the position.

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