Become a Teacher
Paraclete Academy teachers are a unique group of individuals. They are dedicated to making a difference to the children of the South Boston community, while acquiring expertise in the fields of education and community service. As an AmeriCorps opportunity, students reside in the suites at Paraclete and are provided with various amenities during their service year.
As our teachers provide invaluable educational enrichment to the students of this low-income community, they acquire skills and experience that set them apart from their peers and develop an approach to education through this immersive experience. The work is demanding but worthwhile. Many Paraclete teacher alumni go on to prestigious graduate schools. All describe it as an eye-opening experience and pivotal to their current success. Additionally, we love to have staff from a variety of backgrounds and educational pursuits. See below for some favorite memories from former teachers or learn more about our current teachers.
“The purpose of education is not to fill a bucket but to light a fire.”
-William Butler Yeats
If you are interested in lighting some fires in young deserving students, while expanding your own horizons send a resume and cover letter today!
Our fall semester, spring semester, and summer interns play a crucial role on our team of teachers. From one on one tutoring, to co-teaching and planing a class, not only do they provide extra support for the students, but they experience a truly unique and immersive introduction to teaching. Summer interns participate in these exciting activities.
Volunteer Your Time
We always need additional tutors. Please consider volunteering your time to help students with their home work. Even a few hours a month can make a big impact!
Lesley Expressive Art Internship
Students are able to cultivate their creative side with the fantastic classes taught by Lesley Expressive Arts graduate students.
Memories from Past Teachers
I remember one of my favorite days was when we came back from a field trip and played super knock out for one of the first times. It ended up pouring rain on us, but everyone was so into the game and having so much fun it didn’t even matter. I was really proud of all the kids too; they were being great sports and encouraging each other through the entire hour I think we stayed out there.
Working at the Paraclete introduced me to many amazing, inspiring students and provided me the opportunity to help guide them through their development as learners and as individuals. This I had expected would be the case going into the teaching position. What I hadn’t anticipated, though, was the extent to which working at this neighborhood after-school program would make me feel such a connection to the community I lived and worked in. South Boston, which will become your home for the next year, has a strong sense of history and character, and the importance of the Paraclete’s place in it is evident from the number of families that have sent their children to the program over the years and the strength of the ties that have been built between the Paraclete and other organizations in Southie and beyond. As an important new part of that network, you will become very connected to the community — something I hope you will find as rewarding as I did.
One of my favorite field trips was our “Splash Around Boston Day”. I love working with the kids in the classroom, but getting to walk around and explore Boston with them allowed us to build our relationship in a different setting. My favorite picture is also from that day because I remember the moment so well- it was a beautiful day and about 7 of the students and I were walking with our arms around each other (I think one wanted to call us “The Brotherhood”?) heading to the next sprinklers and trying to coordinate our steps, and I could not stop smiling because I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
As a teacher, you will be able to push the kids to do things they didn’t even think were entirely possible. The feeling is priceless when they look at you after solving a tough multiplication or division problem that days before they were clueless about.
One moment that has stuck with me was when one of our 5th graders got my attention so I could see him do something on the playground. It seems like such a small thing, but it mattered to me, because I felt like I mattered to him- like if I was proud or impressed, that would mean something to him.
I remember the day when I was reading one-on-one with a student. As I read out loud I gave one of the characters a weird funny voice, and then when she read she also started to make different voices for the characters. I was so happy she was getting into the book!
One of my fondest memories working with these amazingly creative kiddos at the Paraclete, has to be this past Valentine’s day where we all shared in our very own ‘Love Day’. This fulfilled afternoon afforded us all the opportunity to create our own ‘love trees’ with art supplies wherein each kiddo and staff member wrote a word or statement that resonated with them as we explored the themes of ‘love of self’, ‘love of others’ and ‘love of community’. In those few hours we really came together as a positive intentional community!’
I loved playing with the students at Paraclete, watching them be uninhibited, creative, goofy, and joyful. These interactions with them were second only to opportunities to witness moments in which they were kind, supportive, and sensitive to one another. I enjoyed getting to know each unique student at the Paraclete as they grew and changed over the course of the year.