The Lower School Teacher is responsible for overseeing all academic and pastoral components of a lower school classroom. The main goal of the Lower School program is for children to develop foundational literacy and math skills, self-confidence, an enthusiasm for learning, and a respect and appreciation for others.
Teaching Practice • Develop literacy and math instruction to meet wide range of learning styles through individual, small group, and whole class instruction. Literacy programs include FUNdations, Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study in Writing and Reading, and Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy. Math program is Bridges. • Collaborate with Lower School colleagues to create interdisciplinary social studies and science thematic units. • Collaborate with Lower School colleagues to teach and integrate into the curriculum important social and emotional skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision-making. Approaches include Responsive Classroom and RULER. • Meet regularly with counselor and language learning specialist to develop plans to meet individual student needs. • Share supervisory responsibilities with other members of the Lower School faculty. This includes monitoring recess and supervising an after-school study hall. • Offer one after-school activity either in the first or second semester.
Leadership and Professional Development • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents by communicating regularly, soliciting feedback, and inviting participation in the life of the school. • Contribute to school-wide professional development efforts to enhance curriculum and instruction. • Maintain memberships with national organizations to continue to learn and improve (NAEYC, NCTM, NSTA, etc.).
Bachelors Degree required. Training in FUNdations, Units of Study in Writing and Reading, Fountas and Pinnell leveled literacy, and Bridges Math preferred. Minimum of two years teaching experience in relevant grades. Strong interpersonal and communication skills with children and adults. Highly proactive and eager to have an impact on an evolving program.
About Good Hope Country Day School
Good Hope Country Day serves children in grades nursery through twelve and is located on the beautiful island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Established in 1964, GHCDS has long enjoyed the reputation of being one of the finest college preparatory schools in the Caribbean region. While the first focus is on academics, students participate in a broad range of co-curricular and extracurricular programs, including athletics, theater, music, visual arts, community service and leadership development. The administration and faculty at GHCDS are a dedicated team of professionals who act upon their understanding that their efforts – the time, energy, and enthusiasm they expend on their work – will make a significant and positive difference in the learning experience of the children they serve.