The Walker School is a nonsectarian, co-educational independent day school serving three year olds through twelfth grade in Marietta, Georgia. The school was founded in 1957 and currently enrolls approximately 900 students. The Walker School is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive school community and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy and childbirth or related medical conditions, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. Diverse candidates committed to working in a multicultural environment are encouraged to apply.
Lead teachers are inquisitive, nurturing, flexible, and creative. They model lifelong learning for their colleagues and students. They involve themselves in areas of The Walker School beyond their classroom walls. The lead teacher is responsible for fulfilling all of his/her responsibilities in accordance to the mission and philosophy of The Walker School and the shared vision for transformative, innovative learning in the Lower School. While serving in the Lower School, all teachers should model ethical and professional behavior, accept personal responsibility for his/her actions, and demonstrate a commitment to the school, its mission, and its policies.
The third grade lead teacher will work alongside a teaching assistant in a collaborative manner but will have the primary responsibility for planning, programming, teaching, evaluating, and reporting for all students in the homeroom class. Lead teachers work with a team of teachers – base classroom and co-curricular teachers – to create a child-centered environment for the students and a cooperative and positive adult working environment. The lead teacher is responsible for establishing relationships with students, encouraging them to communicate respectfully, and to optimally develop their problem-solving skills, abilities, interests, and enthusiasm for learning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Possesses strong knowledge of grade level curriculum being taught and of those surrounding it
Uses best practices in teaching and learning, focused on differentiated instruction, to design and deliver instruction
Presents well-planned lessons with appropriate work within and outside of the classroom (with a focus on integration of subject areas, problem solving, and application)
Maintains accurate and comprehensive records of each child’s performance and progress
Maintains and directs the appropriate behavior of students
Cares and nurtures the social and emotional needs of each child
Develops strong student relations and nurtures the whole child by effectively communicating through active listening and appropriate responses
Demonstrates effective and timely verbal and written communication with parents pertaining to a child’s progress and needs as well as general information (through phone calls, emails, newsletters, website, conferences, and quarterly progress reports)
Maintains an organized, pleasant, and inviting environment that supports active learning
Collaborates with colleagues in lesson planning as well as grade-level and school-wide goals
Participates actively in professional learning opportunities and demonstrates a growth, not fixed, mindset toward learning
Integrates technology into the curriculum in a meaningful way that is suitable to the age and needs of the students and subject matter being taught
Creates differentiated lessons to match the needs of individual students in the classroom as well as timely and effective communication with learning specialists working with children
Participates on required school committees working toward school-wide goals
Coordinates classroom-related activities and events (including field trips) that support grade-level or subject-specific curriculum
Participates in associated duties such as carpool, lunch, and recess
Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Lower School Head
Experience and Educational Background:
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher with a concentration in elementary grades education. The ideal candidate will also be an educator who possesses a knowledge of age-appropriate and skill-appropriate teaching methodology for elementary students and has experience with Singapore mathematics, reading and writing workshop, the Orton-Gillingham approach, and Responsive Classroom. Preference will be given to candidates willing to coach in our Athletic Department, sponsor an afterschool club or activity, or contribute to our performing arts program.
Candidates should complete the online application on the Careers page at www.thewalkerschool.org and be prepared to provide a cover letter, resume, educational philosophy, and three professional references. Applications for this position will be accepted until Friday, April 13, 2018.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is dependent on degrees and experience and is commensurate with other independent schools in the area.