Employment

Are you looking for an opportunity to work with a wonderful staff and become an active part in a school family? Did you get your degree so you could develop innovative and engaging lessons for students with unique educational needs? 

Clara B. Ford Academy is a charter school for girls in grades 5-12 with a history of trauma. The Academy is located on the grounds of Vista Maria a residential treatment facility in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Clara B. Ford Academy is exploring innovative strategies to assist students academically and behaviorally as part of a research project exploring the impact of trauma informed instruction on student achievement. The focus of the work is to look beyond the external behaviors and develop strategies focused on underlying issues. The main focus of the Academy and Vista Maria is to treat, heal, and educate our students.

At Clara B. Ford Academy, you will work with a team-oriented and dedicated staff, be provided with classroom support and weekly professional development, and teach in classrooms with low staff to student ratios. We are looking for teachers who are creative, flexible, organized, and passionate about teaching students with unique needs.If you believe in making a positive difference in the lives of students, thrive in an environment where collaboration is a mainstay, flexibility is a must, and a positive, self-motivated attitude makes you a part of a unique school family, then you need to apply today! Click here to apply.

“I enjoy being a positive influence and making a difference in students lives here at CBF. I also enjoy learning from my co-workers as they share their educational knowledge to assist me in my areas of weakness.” Ms. McCowin, paraprofessional

"Working at CBF provides me with the unique opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of girls who have survived severe trauma in their lives. Teaching here is definitely challenging and unlike any other school I've worked at, but it is also the most rewarding position I've ever held." Ms Hay, ELA teacher

“Working at CBF has given me the unique opportunity and privilege to support at-risk youth in their process towards adulthood and self-sufficiency. Education is essential for breaking the cycle of poverty and facilitating substantial change in the future and I am fortunate to be apart of the journey.” Ms. Rollins, SSW

“I love working at CBF for a number of reasons. I love that I get to work with at-risk students and that class sizes are smaller to allow for more interaction with individual students and to ensure they get the support they need. I love the availability of paraprofessionals and TSTs (co-teachers) throughout the day. I also really enjoy the focus on ensuring students learn rather than testing scores. Most of all, I love my co-workers and the passion we all have for what we do, as well as the closeness we have as a group.” Ms Cady, Math

"We have an awesome staff!  We all care about each other and someone is always there to pick you up when your down.  It makes coming to work every day that much better when you love the people you work with.” Mr Williams, PE

I choose to work at Clara B. Ford because every day is an opportunity to help direct a student on a path to success. We work collectively not only on academics, but helping students learn skills that they will be able to transfer to the work force, college, or anything they choose to do once they leave our care. Working at CBF has a close family atmosphere which allows for many opportunities for collaboration and fun. All faculty members are given the opportunity to showcase strengths and have many leadership roles within in the building. Students and faculty are heavily supported academically and emotionally to enhance the learning atmosphere. Ms. Corsi, Assistant School Leader