Trinity Episcopal School seeks a highly qualified literacy and homeroom teacher.
Trinity Episcopal School is a progressive, independent day school with approximately 500 students in kindergarten through eighth grade located in Westlake Hills, close to downtown Austin, Texas.
Overview of position: A Lower School lead teacher is charged with the successful management of the homeroom classroom, as well as collaboratively teaching within a team structure. We have high expectations for our students and are looking for teachers to join our team who have: a strong, comprehensive knowledge base in the areas of literacy instruction; a love for children in all of their developmental stages; a desire to ensure students are engaged and learning at high levels; and experience differentiating instruction to meet a wide variety of capabilities.
Responsibilities include: Responsibilities include curriculum planning, implementing instruction across reading, writing, and social studies content areas, and executing effective classroom management strategies. The lead teacher is responsible for management of the homeroom classroom, as well as collaboratively teaching within a semi-departmentalized team structure. The lead teacher is responsible for not only academic growth but also social and interpersonal growth. The lead teacher is expected to communicate with parents throughout the year through regular correspondence, conferences, and report cards. He/She will work closely with grade-level team members, specialists, administrators, and other colleagues to ensure all students make academic and social progress in accordance with our school’s mission and core values.
Literacy Instruction: The Literacy Teacher is expected to work alongside colleagues and under the direction of the Lower School Literacy Specialist to implement the Trinity reading and writing curriculum, and is responsible for:
- Effectively running a Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop, consistent with the philosophies of Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and using structures such as mini-lessons, small group meetings, one-on-one conferring, mid-workshop teaching points, and share time.
- Differentiating instruction and supporting a wide variety of reading and writing capabilities.
- Utilizing student assessments to drive instruction and inform understanding of individual student growth.
- Overseeing the holistic growth of each child assigned to the homeroom and providing guidance for each student by forming a positive student-teacher relationship.
- Observing challenges and successes of each child in all areas (ex. social, emotional, spiritual, behavioral, student skills, problem solving, independence, critical thinking, and academics) and teaching into these areas or collaborating with colleagues to teach into these areas and nurture each child’s growth.
- Creating a safe and collaborative environment, consistent with the norms of the school community.
- Facilitating home-school communication by serving as the primary contact with parents regarding the curriculum, grade level activities, school events, and student progress.
- Completing report cards and narratives, conducting report card conferences, and maintaining accurate records.
- Planning grade level activities such as field trips, service-projects, celebrations, and guest speakers with grade level colleagues.
- Instructing the students in other areas, as designated by the Lower School Head, such as social studies, current events, Inquiry Seminar, handwriting, cultural celebrations, holidays and special events, etc.
Collaboration and Professional Practice:
- Trinity teachers work in a highly collaborative environment, daily working with colleagues to improve practice. A Literacy Teacher should place a high priority on professional learning, utilizing research-based practices, and seeking to lift the level of all teachers and all students in our K-8 program.
- Literacy Teachers are expected to maintain a comprehensive knowledge base in the area of reading and writing. They should be strong and effective readers and writers, and model a passion for both in daily life. In addition, they should maintain a strong knowledge base of best practices in literacy education, a comprehensive understanding of the practices and philosophies of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and knowledge of literacy assessment techniques
Our Mission: At Trinity Episcopal School, we nurture each child academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We honor each child’s spirit for learning and life, ever mindful that we are all children of God.
At Trinity, our faculty members
- seek knowledge of current instructional theories as a commitment to understanding and professional growth
- demonstrate a vast repertoire of effective and engaging instructional strategies that meet the needs of all students
- hold high, but not uniform, standards for/expectations of all students
- maximize instructional minutes
- model, teach, and expect age-appropriate disciplined behaviors in a way that is mission-consistent and respectful
- meaningfully and personally engage with all students
- actively support colleagues
- positively and actively contribute to the life of the school
- collaborate with parents in the best interest of the school
- understand and respect the principal qualities of an Episcopal school
- respect and seek understanding in all facets of diversity
Qualifications: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited school, superior teaching skills, excellent character, and a proven legacy of outstanding classroom performance. Excellent writing skills and strong verbal communication skills are expected. Ability to be an innovative, collaborative, and positive member of the faculty is required.
To apply: Resumes and letters of application should be sent to Human Resources at Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Cave Road, Austin, TX 78746, or by email to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
Trinity Episcopal School invites all qualified individuals who share our core values to apply for faculty positions. All faculty members must be able to support Trinity’s mission as a Christian school.
Trinity Episcopal School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Trinity Episcopal School complies with applicable state and local laws governing, non--?discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence