Hear from Felisha Harper about following her dream and finding her purpose at Crossroads Academy.
This was given to me right before I moved away from home to Kansas City to teach in an urban school district. Everyone thought I was absolutely crazy. It reminds me of why I started, where I am and where I can go.
I never considered myself to be a brilliant person. I feel like I was always a hard worker and I wanted to do something powerful with my life. As I looked around at all my friends and admired how easy school came to them, I always wondered how I would keep up. I wasn’t that great in science, and definitely not in math. I could however, read and write fairly well. Close to graduating high school, I reflected on my educational journey and the skills that helped me grow into the successful academic student I became. Upon that reflection, I realized it was my ability to read, write and speak well. Even though I didn’t always feel like the brightest student in the room, my English skills helped me carry my weight. I wondered how many students coming up felt the same way I did, but didn’t necessarily have someone to stress that reading isn’t just a course in junior and high school, but a life skill. At that moment I knew I wanted to equip young people with the greatest tool they needed to succeed. I told myself that becoming an English teacher was not an option, but mandatory.
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Crossroads Charter Schools is a network of three tuition-free charter schools in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
At Crossroads Charter Schools, we…
Crossroads Charter Schools Professional Growth Beliefs
We believe in learner agency. We have high expectations for ourselves and our students. As adult learners, we work collaboratively to push ourselves to hone our craft of teaching. Coaches and administration will work alongside teachers to plan and implement instruction with intention.
We believe growing and learning never stops. We believe every teacher deserves specific formative feedback that leads toward continuous student growth. Coaches and administration will be in classrooms to support in the learning process and reflect on current and promising practices.
We believe in doing the work of the learner. We experience the work we are asking our learners to engage in and think about our own learning processes in order to notice and name what we do as learners and teachers. Coaches and administration promote parallel processes of learning and guide teachers in reflecting on the impact of lesson design on students.
Crossroads Charter Schools has been honored in many ways, including but not limited to Missouri Charter School of the Year, Missouri Highest Performing Charter School, Urban Hero Award and Cornerstone Award for Economic Development. Many individuals and groups of teachers have been awarded the Fund for Teachers Summer Travel Grant.
Crossroads teachers must:
If you are committed to transforming public education, we want to meet you!
CCS offers a competitive salary package for our staff. Starting salary with a bachelor’s degree is approximately $44,000.
CCS is committed to providing a comprehensive benefits program designed to attract and retain high-quality staff. CCS offers medical, dental, disability, life insurance, retirement plans, health saving accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
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