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Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School

Hear from Rodney Padilla about how the strong leadership and family atmosphere of Scuola Vita Nuova helps students and teacher thrive—and have fun!

Meet Rodney Padilla

Teacher Ambassador

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Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School (SVN) is everything a school should aspire to be. The leadership of SVN provide sound guidance and support for their educators, create a positive culture for staff, students and parents, and put the interests of students above all else. The students and families of SVN are also amazing in every way. SVN is a family where all stakeholders feel valued, supported, and empowered.


  • K-8 English Language (EL) Teacher



  • Lead English Language (EL) Teacher
  • New Teacher Mentor

Teacher Certification Program

Why I Teach

I am inspired each day by my enormous gratitude of being able to do something that I truly love: teaching. I teach because I can’t imagine spending the precious moments of my life doing anything else. As a teacher, I am blessed each day with the feeling that I can have a profound impact on a child’s life. The fact that I may hold a key that, on any day, will help nourish a child’s mind, empower a student’s self-worth or make a child feel cared for and loved are why I do what I do. Plus, teaching is just fun!

Scuola Vita Nuova by the numbers

  • 27

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 279

    Engaged Learners

  • $40,000

    New Teacher Starting Salary

About Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School

  • About

    Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School was founded by the Honorable Charles Shangler in 1999. Originally housed in the Northeast Community Center, SVN was built upon historical and cultural beauty. Since 1999, SVN has grown to serve kindergarten through 8th grade students and is now located at our new home at 535 Garfield. Though our school has grown and changed over the years, our mission remains focused on serving our community. SVN provides a safe, healthy, collaborative community of engaged, academically inspired learners, while fostering a supportive network for our families. Our students and their families are at the center of all we do. For nine years, we have had 100 percent face-to-face fall and spring parent-teacher conferences. We believe that the relationships with our families are what drives our students' success. We serve a diverse population of students, with approximately 65 percent of students speaking a language other than English in their homes.

  • Teaching in Scuola Vita Nuova

    Love. Learn. Lead.  At SVN, we strive to provide a loving environment that not only allows the highest levels of learning, but also fosters the development of leaders within our students and staff. Students are encouraged to build upon their strengths, and staff members work diligently to ensure they are providing the very best instruction to their students each day.  According to students, SVN is different from their other school experiences because the teachers care. While walking into school each morning, students are greeted with smiles and high fives. Throughout the day, students work with a variety of adults, allowing them to build relationships with not just their classroom teacher, but with a community of supportive adults, who care about each and every student's social, emotional and academic success.

  • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

    At SVN, new teacher salaries start at $40,000. We provide a competitive salary and a complete benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance. We also offer short and long term disability, and staff members receive personal and sick leave time. Staff members are provided additional stipends for perfect attendance, extra duties and leadership roles. We provide a variety of professional development opportunities and recognize the importance of ongoing training. On average, we spend approximately $1500 per person on professional development opportunities each year.

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