Position: Elementary School Teacher, Lower School
Reports to: Head of Lower School
Position Status: Full-time
An SFDS teacher likes and understands children, knows and communicates the subject matter well, and plays an active role in the San Francisco Day School community. As described in the NAIS Principles of Good Practice, an effective SFDS teacher has thorough knowledge, uses a variety of teaching techniques, establishes positive relationships with students, collaborates with colleagues, initiates professional development, supports the mission, serves outside the classroom, adheres to professional standards and models integrity and respect.
The position includes serving as an elementary school teacher, in cooperation with a Co-Teacher, for one class of approximately 22 students and teaching language arts, social studies, science and mathematics; the teacher is expected to create a classroom environment that reflects and promotes the mission of San Francisco Day School, and to work collaboratively with others on the team and larger school staff to promote the general well-being of the grade level and the school community.
Essential Functions as Elementary Teacher:
Create and maintain an emotionally safe, warm, friendly and responsive classroom based on the values of the San Francisco Day School; plan daily homeroom activities for one section of the grade.
Plan, develop and implement organized learning opportunities for students in accordance with the SFDS grade curriculum and reflecting the needs of the individual students. Prepare curriculum materials, including course outlines and other instructional materials. Work with curriculum coordinators, division head and team to monitor the curriculum and revise as appropriate. Create an effective environment that motivates, celebrates and reflects the students’ work in affective and academic areas.
Collaborate with other members of the team to maximize the benefits of the program, including:
- the other teacher to plan for consistency in the overall curriculum;
- the lower school librarian to integrate with the library curriculum;
- the technology department to incorporate technology;
- the learning resource teacher at the grade level to remove possible barriers to learning
- outside counselors, educational therapists, and parents as necessary to support students.
Prepare and provide appropriate assessment tools; evaluate student progress on a regular basis and provide feedback to students and parents about individual student’s progress.
- plan and attend parent-teacher conferences with parents of his/her grade students; (November, February), prepare progress reports for his/her students (January, June);
- communicate regularly with grade parents regarding the curriculum and individual student needs;
- administer and evaluate results of ERB standardized assessment (October).Plan daily homework and long term assignments in conjunction with the other grade teacher.
Maintain regular communication with parents of homeroom students on all classroom activities and any issues that come up with their specific children; prepare regular newsletters for parents (some written by teachers, some by students).
Plan and attend various field trips in conjunctions with the other grade teacher, including the yearly Outdoor Education trip in Coloma, California (three days and two nights).
Attend regular grade team meetings (both head teachers, both co-teachers, lower school head, school counselor and learning specialist) to assess the needs and growth of all of the grade students; meet regularly with the co-teachers and the other grade teacher; attend regular faculty meetings and in-service training.
Work with director of Co-Teacher program to hire and mentor homeroom co-teacher; provide regular support and feedback, including clear information on expectations and regular communication about classroom plans; provide leadership for co-teacher, including opportunities to teach and receive support and feedback.
Supervise students during recess, lunch and dismissal as assigned.
Attend evening activities including Back-to-School night, admission open houses, Soiree, Poetry Night, Outdoor Ed. information night, parent potlucks and other activities as they arise.
Skills, Experience, Personal Qualities, Professional Skills
Bachelor’s degree including coursework in child development and education; five years of classroom teaching experience preferred.
Knowledge and experience working with diverse populations of students and parents, combined with a deep commitment to working within a diverse community and experience in teaching a multicultural curriculum.
Knowledge of and experience with learning differences and the strategies and accommodations used to support students.
Helpful professional training or experience includes the Responsive Classroom, Writers Workshop, and the Math in the City program; background in other strategies for teaching reading comprehension, decoding and word attack skills, and knowledge of grade appropriate children’s fiction and nonfiction literature; familiarity with California Standards; technology; CPR training.
While performing the duties of this job, the teacher usually stands, walks and uses hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reaches with hands and arms; talks or hears; and tastes or smells. The teacher occasionally sits and stoops, kneels, crouches, or crawls.
The teacher must be constantly alert for student safety. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty pounds. On rare occasion the employee must be able to lift and/or move up to sixty pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
The teacher will occasionally work in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
About San Francisco Day School
SFDS is an independent, co-educational, K-8 school. SFDS educates, nurtures and inspires girls and boys of diverse backgrounds to achieve their highest academic and creative potential, to embrace ethical values and to become active contributors to their communities. San Francisco Day School welcomes and celebrates children, families, faculty, and staff that reflect the broad range of diversity in the Bay Area. The school values the strengths and accomplishments of the individuals who are part of the community and takes pride in and celebrates the diversity and special character of the community as a whole. Therefore, San Francisco Day School encourages people of color and LGBT applicants to apply.
Please apply online with a cover letter and current resume:
No phone calls please.