Midwest Academy for Gifted Education is a not for profit institution focused on the social, emotional, and academic needs of gifted students in the Chicagoland area, specializing in the HG+, for ages corresponding to JK-12.


MAGE Specialists implement rigorous curriculum, differentiate instruction, and implement various instructional practices that are developmentally and intellectually/academically appropriate. This is a part time, hourly position. College/Graduate students welcome to apply; licensed educators/professors preferred.

Hours and days flexible, 3-40 hours per week. Math blocks begin at 8:00 a.m. and last for one (1) hour; individualized 1:1 instruction for advanced students may occur other times of the day including some weekend AM and weekday evening times. Math Specialists will also coach a math team, club and math circle during and after school. One of our coolest initiatives (see page footer) is a free elementary math circle for anyone in grades 1-4. We are the only elementary math circle in the state!

Additional hours can be added based on other areas of expertise and/or willingness to fulfill other job functions, such as Computer Science, Science, and/or other content specialist. There is room to cross over into our programming, and other STEM initiatives as well, such as our Robotics program. Please indicate other talents and opportunities of interest in your cover letter. Qualified candidates will be matched with respective opportunities.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating a learning environment that promotes high levels of engagement, academic risk taking, and student growth;

  • Maintaining health and safety of all students;

  • Submitting lesson plans for review, as requested;

  • Designing and delivering all course instructional activities, incorporating differentiation and a variety of instructional practices;

  • Recommend appropriate instructional materials for use;

  • Fostering independence, resilience, and confidence in mathematical and logical thinking.

  • Assessing and evaluating student learning progress (deliver appropriate level of challenge for each student);

  • Integrating instructional technology as developmentally appropriate;

  • Communicating with parents, staff, and administrators;

  • Committing to continued professional learning;

  • Availability during agreed hours and days;

  • Collaborating with other instructors/staff/administrators;

  • Supervising students during arrivals and dismissals or transitioning students to/from their next class/ending class periods/starting transitions on time, as necessary;

  • Accelerating and supporting the learning of the most advanced students by helping to differentiate learning experiences of students in 1:1 or small group settings.

  • Monthly staff meeting (for check-ins and collaboration) that is paid.

  • Attending optional (paid) weekend or evening hours for school events, if interested. Example: hosting math activity at a festival on the weekend.



  • Must love math and enjoy teaching math.

  • Must enjoy working with students interested in math and have equal measure of patience with those who are not confident or interested.

  • Prefer candidates with experience with scholastic competition teams or activities such as math circles, CML, AMC - as a member is okay.

  • Bachelor's degree with transcript.

    • Top 2% math score or better on ACT/SAT or similar tests, top 1% preferred. Math awards, published papers, and such are helpful.

    • College coursework completed past Calc III with at least 10 credit hours in 300 level college math level classes or higher, or equivalent. 400-level work preferred.

    • Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics-related degree attained or in progress strongly preferred.

    • Some credits in education preferred. The ideal candidate is interested in a career in mathematics, preferably in education.

  • Master's degree, at least 1 year of teaching, 1 year of curriculum planning, and experience with gifted and twice exceptional students strongly preferred;

  • Computer programming experience a big plus.

  • Facility with a variety of teaching methods - demonstrable ability to teach complex mathematics in different ways;

  • Extreme creativity and the ability to explain or teach through projects or games/puzzles in addition to more standard methods;

  • Project and child-led learning experience at least as a student;

  • Positive discipline and regulation experience, such as mindfulness training, zones of regulation;

  • Patience;

  • A willingness to understand issues that affect students and their families;

  • Willingness to help with classroom management tasks such as helping students to get to/from their next class, arrival and dismissal, perhaps being willing to supervise an occasional field trip.

  • Mobility to supervise active children;

    • Ability to lift up to 40/50 pounds;

    • Must be able to ambulate up and down 4 flights of stairs multiple times a day and walk at least 2 city blocks;

    • Ability to work in a variety of positions in an instructional setting for 3-5 minutes at a time, such as squatting, stooping or bending over from the waist, kneeling, or even lying on the floor and ability to stand and walk for extended periods.

  • Tolerance for allowing movement during activities where it is safe to do so;

  • Professional attire (business casual) athletic shoes encouraged. No open toed shoes or slippers unless there is medical need.


Preferred qualifications:

  • PhD in mathematics, physics, or computer science.

  • Ability to tie mathematics to other disciplines;

  • Any work experience in applied mathematics or related field;

  • Like math and logic humor;

  • 60 credit hours in elementary education;

  • 21 credit hours in early childhood;

  • Experience in putting on a class or school performance or production;

  • Interest in sponsoring a student interest club that might meet once a week after school;

  • Interest in coaching a sport or an activity such as track and field, baseball, chess, theater, choir;

  • Ability to speak/teach a foreign or classic language;

  • Ability to play/teach an instrument;

  • Gifted endorsement.

  • Non-smoker.


Additional requirements:

  • Previous State of Illinois Gateways registration preferred or will need to complete registration prior to job;

  • Completed or willing to complete mandatory reporter training prior to starting the job;

  • Commits to a minimum of a year contract, with 2 month notice if wishing to leave;

  • In order to start working must pass background check and provide a current physical examination including TB test and other vaccines.


If you have a specific area of interest or expertise, you may apply and indicate this area. For example, if you are only interested in teaching linear algebra or running a math circle, or working a specific age range, we will try to accomodate.



  • This position does not receive benefits at this time, unless you are working more than 20 hours a week, in which case there is opportunity to switch from hourly employee to salaried.

Compensation commensurate with experience. There is potential to grow hours and responsibility in this position.

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