Lower School Lead Teachers are responsible for instruction in literacy, math, and social studies. These teachers facilitate hands-on projects, promote collaboration among students, and prompt students to reflect on their classroom work. In addition, teachers are attuned to the specific learning needs as well as the social and emotional development of each student.
This faculty member will join a growth-oriented, collaborative learning community committed to the School’s mission and vision, including core values of inclusivity and service. Westminster excels regionally and nationally in every area of school life, from academics to the arts to athletics, achieving excellence through a wide range of programming supported by a wealth of resources. These include the Center for Teaching, a professional development institute located on the Westminster campus.
In fulfilling our mission to “develop the whole person for college and for life,” Westminster hires and retains passionate, talented, diverse educators to offer a rich and engaging curriculum, preparing our students to be lifelong learners and citizens well equipped to address local and global challenges.
Westminster teachers are more than academic experts and serve in a variety of capacities such as coaches, advisors, and inspirational mentors.
The anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2017.
Reports to: Head of Lower School
Teaching experience at the elementary level and an advanced degree are preferred. A demonstrated understanding of constructivist theory and practice, integrated studies, Responsive Classroom, Readers and Writer’s Workshop, Math in Focus, and assessment practices based on learning goals will allow strong candidates to readily implement the hallmarks of the Westminster Lower School program going forward.
Duties & Responsibilities
Each lead teacher is responsible for:
Partnering with another lead teacher in the classroom
Teaching an intentional social and emotional learning curriculum
Providing feedback on and evaluation of students during the admission process
Ensuring the safety of each student by supervising and engaging in recess, lunch, and transitions between classrooms
Creating differentiated learning experiences aligned with formative and summative assessments
Contributing to interdisciplinary curriculum design and student support strategies with the grade level team and academic coaches
Participating in the work of the PLC (Professional Learning Community) of the Lower School
In addition to experience and a strong educational background, successful candidates demonstrate a love of working with children, an engaging teaching style, the ability to interact well with parents and colleagues, and a willingness to create and promote an inclusive learning environment. Candidates should be able to contribute to the larger school community through coaching or sponsoring other extracurricular programs.
Ability to engage in moderately strenuous physical activity both indoors and out; sitting and standing for long periods of time; ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified.
Westminster is a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls, which seeks to develop the whole person for college and for life through excellent education.
Westminster's founders envisioned a school community with its traditions and philosophy rooted in the Christian faith, and to this day, a Westminster education aspires to cultivate each student's distinctive God-given ...talents: to inform the mind, to develop the body, and to enlighten the spirit. Through a passionate, talented faculty, a rich and varied curriculum, and the blessing of excellent facilities, Westminster strives to help children in the journey toward maturity, marked by personal excellence, self-knowledge, responsible citizenship, and faith in God.
An excellent education engages the natural developmental stage of each child: the elementary student's joy of discovery, the junior high student's exuberant, dynamic growth, the high school student's emerging sense of purpose. Throughout their school experience, young people encounter opportunities to question, to reason, to express themselves, to discover and pursue a passion, to risk, and sometimes even to fail and to learn from that failure. Through a wide range of outstanding programs, Westminster students grow as healthy, balanced individuals and cultivate personal strengths as scholars, artists, athletes, leaders, and community servants. Through their classroom and extracurricular activities and a multitude of social interactions, they discover that knowledge about the world and their own character should be inseparable, and that knowing how to learn is as important as what one learns. A clear understanding of one's self contributes to responsible citizenship, whether that involves treating each other nicely on the playground, valuing the Honor Code, or respecting our mutual interdependence in a world of many races, creeds, and political views. Ultimately, this emphasis on character complements the students' spiritual maturation, as they learn that humble appreciation of God's bounty means respect for all creation. Westminster's commitment to the Christian faith is more formally advanced through biblical literacy in the curriculum and through an open and respectful inquiry about other faiths, as we intentionally and genuinely strive to model the love of Christ for all people.
Growing up into a whole, healthy, and accomplished young adult is a challenge and a joy, and the entire Westminster community seeks to support and celebrate students along their way. In the spirit of honoring Jesus Christ and his love for all children, we therefore offer this philosophy of education as a prayer: We pray that our students will prosper from and enjoy their journey, that they will mature into life-long learners and truth seekers, and that they will be good stewards, caring for and serving the world in accordance with Christ's example.