Careers at Maureen Joy Charter School
Maureen Joy strives to employ teachers who are driven by an urgent mission to provide an excellent education to all students, are excited by content and craft, collaborate and work enthusiastically with others, and believe that joy comes from teaching, learning, and growing. We seek candidates of diverse backgrounds because we believe that a diverse staff enriches the learning and the experience of the entire community. To learn more about our commitment to community, click here.
Maureen Joy Charter School is a K-8th grade, free, public charter school located in Durham, North Carolina, with enrollment determined by lottery. Originally named Durham Community Charter School, Maureen Joy Charter School was founded in 1997 by a small group of community activists committed to providing an excellent education for all students. As one of the first charter schools in the state, Maureen Joy opened the doors of its original campus with 50 students in grades K-5.
Maureen Joy’s significant academic growth and achievement created an increased demand for enrollment in recent years. In an effort to meet this demand and reach a larger population of children, we moved into a beautiful, renovated historic building in July 2013 in East Durham, closer geographically to the majority of our student population.
With this move, Maureen Joy provides a high-quality educational option for new families to Joy, improves the educational program being offered to our current scholars, and serves as a catalytic force in the ongoing revitalization of Old East Durham, a high-needs community.
In the 2015-2016 school year we will enroll over 550 students, over 90% of whom come from low-income backgrounds. Our students primarily are African American and Latino, and we serve the third highest ESL population among charter schools in the state.
“I feel that my academic dean truly values my experiences, opinions, and growth. When I had concerns with curriculum and suggestions to improve the learning of students in fourth grade, both my coach and my principal immediately considered those concerns and ideas and responded with encouragement. It’s incredible to receive much needed support from my supervisors in such a challenging career.”
4th Grade Teacher
We believe that great teachers are the key to student learning, so we are purposeful about providing excellent professional development to reach that goal. Our staff culture reflects excitement about receiving and implementing feedback, growing content and craft, and applying consistent and effective classroom practices. Joy professional development is comprised of several key components:
“My favorite part of working at Joy is witnessing how everyone - the staff, teachers, parents, and students - works so hard to create a school and a community where students can grow so much each year. My students are incredible and they deserve the best of everything - teachers, schools, resources, and opportunities. I love that Maureen Joy works toward giving them that every day.”
5th Grade Teacher
46full-time instructional faculty members
12 : 1scholar/faculty ratio
32%ethnic and racial diversity among instructional staff
41%hold or are working toward advanced degrees
21have lived or studied in foreign countries
29have received education-related grants, awards, or stipends
The city of Durham and the Raleigh/Durham area is a vibrant community that is home to many nonprofit organizations, premier universities, hospitals, and research institutes. Durham’s rich history makes it a complex, engaging, and fascinating city. Home to several of the nation’s first African American learning institutions, business ownership and community leadership, it was also a pivotal force during the civil rights movement. In recent years, Durham’s revitalized downtown area, diverse neighborhoods, universities, and Research Triangle Park has drawn a diverse population of people from around the nation and world.
Residents of Durham can’t stop talking about how much they love their city. Whether it’s eating at a delicious new downtown restaurant in the city that was voted by Southern Living as “The South’s Tastiest Town”, attending a Durham Bulls baseball game, or volunteering at a local community organization, Durhamites love enjoying and giving back to their city.
Maureen Joy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, creed, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic prohibited by law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, creed, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic prohibited by law.