Park City Day School, a small, independent PS-Grade 8 school located in Park City, UT, seeks an experienced, creative, and energetic educator to join our Lower School team as a Lower School Lead Teacher.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Lead a homeroom classroom of approximately 15-18 students
Instruct students in literacy (reading and writing), social studies, science, and math utilizing a experiential, collaborative units of inquiry
Knowledgeable in the instructional application of the following resources through thematic, collaborative, and integrated learning units:
Words Their Way spelling, writer’s workshop and 6+1 Traits of Writing models, and Investigations math program
Prepare weekly lesson plans including instructional objectives, learning activities, collaborative integration with specialist teachers, assessment, and use of resources
Implement effective classroom management procedures aligned with the PCDS “Strive for Five” values to create a classroom environment that promotes learning, nurtures age-appropriate development of social-emotional skills, and establishes a welcoming, collaborative classroom culture, consistent with our school’s mission
Use technology tools and resources (Smartboard, iPads, Laptops, Google Apps, online resources, school-specific software) to enhance, differentiate, innovate, and extend instruction
Actively lead, participate and support outdoor education opportunities aligned with or as organized by the Outdoor Education department
Participate in the school community including collaboration meetings, weekly faculty meetings, professional development sessions, and special events. Responsibilities also include recess, lunch, and morning care duties as assigned.
Communicate regularly with families and complete a weekly newsletter. Return phone calls/emails in a timely manner, and conference frequently with parents regarding student progress
Utilize the Park City Day School Learning Management System (MyPCDS) to track and communicate student progress and communicate classroom information via the online portal
Adhere to Park City Day School policies and procedures as a professional educator
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Experience implementing units of inquiry as defined by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
Evidence of strong curricular integration and collaboration
Demonstrated understanding of thematic learning
Demonstrated knowledge of developmental characteristics of age level taught
Experience implementing Outdoor Education opportunities, including extended trips
Demonstrated ability to develop and create materials for instruction when appropriate
Evidence of strong organizational, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated understanding and successful implementation of differentiated instruction
Willingness to adapt to and utilize existing school curriculum and resources
Demonstrated experience with technology use and application in a classroom setting
Willingness to actively engage in regular school improvement work and training
Knowledge of the Danielson Teacher Framework and its use in professional growth
Personal and professional qualities: The successful candidate should possess the following personal qualities:
Educational Expertise: PCDS teachers evidence a successful academic background and a mindset for lifelong learning and continuous professional improvement.
Rapport with Children: PCDS teachers instruct in a broad range of curricular and co-curricular areas; however, the true subject (not object) of a PCDS education is children. PCDS teachers’ ability to connect, both individually and collectively, with children is critical to their success.
Collegiality: Although the self-confidence and autonomy to plan and lead classes is essential, PCDS teachers collaborate with colleagues and share ideas to ensure that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. In peer groups, successful Park City Day School teachers serve both as contributing followers and respectful leaders.
Engagement: As invested citizens of a school community and world network, PCDS teachers model the active intellectual and moral engagement necessary for a successful, sustainable society.
Adaptability: To set a high standard in a world characterized by constant and rapid changes, PCDS teachers adapt creatively in response to institutional and global circumstances, advances in educational technology and innovation in instructional methods.
"Strive for Five" School Values: Our teachers daily model our five School Values - Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Teamwork, and Compassion - and actively integrate them into the fabric of our school community through reflective opportunities and other daily “teachable moments.”
A minimum of a college bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree preferred
Coursework with an emphasis in education strongly preferred
A minimum of three years teaching experience is strongly preferred
A minimum of two years experience with the IB Primary Years Program is desirable
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience.
Internal Number: LS1
About Park City Day School
An independent, non-sectarian, non-profit coeducational school, Park City Day School enrolls approximately 200 students in Preschool (3 year olds) through 8th grade.
A full member of NAIS (The National Association of Independent Schools) and grounded in NAIS best practices, Park City Day School is accredited by NWAIS (The Northwest Association of Independent Schools) and by AdvancED.