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Tewa Assistant

Summary Information:
Employer: Kha'p'o Community School
Position Type: Teaching
Categories: Foreign Languages
Aboriginal Education
School / Org: Kha'p'o Community School
Location: Espanola, New Mexico
FTE: 1.0
No. of Positions: 1
Posting Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021
Closing Date: Thursday, 18 March 2021

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Kha'p'o Community School is seeking applicants for the following position:

Tewa Assistant


The Assistant Tewa Teacher at Khaípío Community School are positive believers in the power of excellent and culturally relevant educational opportunities for Tewa children. They agree that a holistic approach to education provides students with the necessary support to succeed in an ever changing and complex world. The Assistant Tewa teachers at KCS prepare and execute high quality lesson plans that meet the needs of their students - culturally, academically, mentally and physically. The Assistant Tewa LanguageTeacher is primarily responsible for supporting the Tewa Language Teachers and Director of Tewa Integration and Early ChildhoodEducation in providing excellent Tewa language instruction at KCS. The Assistant Tewa Teacher works in the classroom with students, supporting them in an immersive environment that is conversationally and proficiency based. In addition, the Assistant Tewa Teacher prepares materials, bulletin boards, presentations etc. The Assistant Tewa Teacher does not need to be fluent inTewa, but must be committed to learning the language through school programming. Assistant Tewa Teachers are driven by the mission of KCS, values of the community and school, and are committed to the students, parents and community. Assistant TewaTeachers are highly encouraged to establish healthy relationships with their studentís families, community members, colleagues,and all other stakeholders. ​Embody and execute the Core Values: Respect, Compassion, Responsibility, Perseverance , Community,and Generosity on a daily basis in all interactions. ​Tewa teachers report to the Director of Tewa Integration and Early Childhood Education.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Prepare, implement and adjust daily lessons for students, while including the Tewa language within these lessons for the purpose of increasing studentsí language proficiency. Project Based Learning (PBL) showcases that align and incorporate the Tewa Curriculum and Language in the classroom will be expected throughout the school year.

2.Communicate with parents about their childís progress on a consistent basis, including maintaining a communication log and participating in Parent/Teacher/Student conferences.

3.Participate in school events to promote a sense of community.

4.Collaborate with Instructional Staff to gain knowledge on implementation of Tewa Curriculum and Project Based Learning.1

5.Provide a safe and effective learning environment that is centered around meeting each studentís various learning style.

6.Provide non-traditional instructional methodologies as well as experiential, project based, and culturally responsive opportunities that connect students to SCP community and tribal programs.

7.Analyze, utilize and identify trends using student data provided by formal and informal assessments on a consistent basis to direct and differentiate instruction.

8.Implement the Response to Intervention process to provide support for students not demonstrating adequate progress toward performing on level for their grade deemed necessary for concerns with attendance, behavior and/or academics.

9.Incorporate Santa Clara Pueblo community members into your classroom environment for learning opportunities that connect to the Tewa curriculum.

10.Model and execute positive behavior as an enthusiastic member of the KCS Learning Community focused on improving teaching techniques, promoting studentsí Tewa identity and implementing a supportive classroom management system which embodies cultural values, and adapting to new teaching techniques as required such as distance learning/online learning, virtual learning/teaching, etc.

11.Participate in Professional Development and stay up-to-date with current teaching methods, strategies and best practices and pedagogy and implement strategically to support student success.

12.Input and maintain accurate student records in attendance record books that include daily attendance and other records identified by KCS.

13.Co-facilitate community and family engagement events/meetings with KCS school staff and SCP tribal programs that may occur outside normal work hours.

14.Develop professional relationships with other agencies and programs

15.Meet with students and families at school, in their homes; on a monthly basis to establish connection with students and their families and community.

16.All other duties as assigned.


1.Implement the schoolís mission, vision and values that supports students academically, physically, emotionally and culturally.

2.A desire to learn and grow individually and open to feedback from instructional leaders and colleagues.

3.An eagerness to set ambitious and tangible goals and a drive to achieve them.

4.Be an open minded, flexible, understanding and respectful team member.

5.Develop knowledge of Santa Clara Pueblo, willing to learn and accept cultural norms of the community and maintain respect for the cultural protocols of the SCP community.

6.Highly organized and able to prioritize and complete multiple tasks.

7.Commitment to a holistic approach to education.

8.Committed to collaborate with staff, community, and families.

9.A natural desire to go above and beyond, willing to take initiative on projects and programs as part of a team

10.Capable of and comfortable with utilizing new technology in the classroom.

11.Believes all students have the ability to learn and provide multiple opportunities for students to achieve through daily differentiated instructional opportunities.

12.Honoring different student learning abilities and recognizing various multiple intelligences as modes of applying skills to demonstrate skills mastered including artwork, music, dance.



● Fluent in the Tewa Language preferred
● Knowledge of Santa Clara culture and community
● Must pass background check
● Must be willing to work extended days, evenings and weekends as needed
● Associateís degree in education or related field preferred
● Valid NM driverís license

Preferred Experience

● 3+ years teaching experience preferred
● Demonstrated experience working within Native communities in education areas that promote student centered approaches
● Demonstrated commitment to ensuring studentsí cultural identities and holistic wellness are centered in their educational experiences

Required Experience

●2+years experience working with Pueblo communities, families and students to provide a holistic education experience preferred
● Experience teaching Tewa preferred
● Ability to use Google Suite products (Drive, Docs, Classroom and Meets, etc.)
● Proficiency in Microsoft Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Complete the application https://bit.ly/3oxJzuy and submit with required documents

A resume/CV, cover letter, and a Philosophy of Teaching and Learning statement should be emailed to the Executive Director, Liz Bahe (​ebahe@khapoeducation.org​) with the application.

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