Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.
The School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
Position Title: HOMEROOM TEACHER (Grade 1) Department: LOWER SCHOOL
FTE: 1.0 (Exempt)
Reports to: LOWER SCHOOL HEAD
POSITION SUMMARY The Lower School Homeroom Teacher instructs students in all subject areas including math, reading, writing, social studies, handwriting, spelling, social skills, and moral development. The teacher assesses the students’ progress and reports to the parents on a regular basis.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES • Commitment to tenets of progressive education including experiential learning, teaching to the whole child, democracy, and inquiry. • Develop curriculum and coordinate scope and sequence with other grade levels. • Assess student learning on an ongoing basis and use this information to inform instruction. • Ability to differentiate instruction. • Plan for a lead effective lessons in reading, writing, handwriting, math and social studies. • Know how to use reading records to assess reading levels. • Expertise in teaching guided reading instruction. • Co-plan math lessons with math specialist. • Strong classroom management skills. • Ability to effectively run a reading workshop, writer’s workshop, and math workshop. • Establish a positive classroom environment and strong sense of community. • Willingness to work with specialist teachers to plan for curricular integration (with science, art, music, health, languages, etc.) • Use a variety of methods to teach. • Willingness to apply individualized strategies for students with learning differences. • Willingness to self-reflect and be open to feedback from others. • Lead a C & C (“Community and Conversation) grouping of mixed age students with a focus on anti-bias work several times a year. • Supervise students during non-class times. • Supervise two recesses per week. • Develop, plan, and supervise field trips (both local trips and overnights). • Plan and instruct Experiential Days and service learning. • Screen prospective Lower School students and participate in Lower School Admissions Open House. • Maintain frequent contact with parents including weekly classroom newsletters, e-mails, blogs, meetings, Back-to-School Night, informal conversations, etc. • Write parent conference notes in the fall, facilitate student-led conferences in the spring, and write end-of-year narrative reports. • Work in a cooperative manner with the grade level team teacher, teaching intern, and the teacher’s assistant. • Serve as a mentor teacher to University of Portland interns. • Maintain classroom web page and online curriculum map. • Ability to use technology to enhance instruction in developmentally appropriate ways. • Pursue professional development opportunities. • Seek opportunities to expand the limits of one’s own professional knowledge and ability. Support the School’s commitment to diversity and multicultural education. • Serve on committees and engage in group work as necessary. • Attend after-school activities and programs (i.e. Revels and Spring Fest). • Participate in the Lower School overnight retreat at the start of the school year. • Attend weekly faculty meetings on Wednesdays and community meetings on Friday afternoons. • Complete required H.R. trainings each year (CPR, first aid, mandatory reporting, handling of hazardous materials, etc.)
SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS • Minimum three years of teaching experience. • High level of stamina. • Knowledge of current best practices in elementary education. • Background in progressive theory and ability to put it into practice. • A love and understanding of children and the developmental stages they go through. Knowledge, understanding, and successful exhibition of learning strategies to support all students in learning to use their minds well. • Knowledge, understanding, and successful demonstration of integrating curriculum and providing connectedness for learners. • Knowledge, understanding, and successful demonstration of providing a challenging learning experience in a heterogeneous setting. • Proficiency with technology – photo management, posting things to the web, word processing, programs that work effectively with students. • Clear communication skills, both verbally and in written form. • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a grade level team. • Ability to create a positive, nurturing environment for the student. • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and walk across campus on uneven terrain.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE • Master’s degree in teaching. • Minimum 3 years classroom teaching experience and record of effective performance. • Current Oregon Teaching License (part of requirement to serve as mentor teacher to University of Portland interns.)
WORKING CONDITIONS The Lower School is housed in a building designed to provide a comfortable, spacious, and attractive atmosphere for learning. Most faculty teach primarily in one room. Teachers are expected to be on campus between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily and to attend other functions as designated. Full-time faculty is expected to travel to retreats, conferences and workshops as well as accompany students on various experiential activities and overnight field trips throughout the year. There are some mandatory evening and weekend commitments.
About Catlin Gabel School
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beautiful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.