Girard College is a full-scholarship boarding school for academically capable students from qualified families of limited financial resources. Girard College’s mission is to prepare scholarship students for advanced education and life as informed, ethical and productive citizens through a rigorous education program that promotes intellectual, social and emotional growth. Girard College students will be prepared to complete a bachelor’s degree in order to maximize their ability to pursue productive careers and be engaged citizens.
Girard College seeks an experienced 2nd Grade Teacher for a position beginning September 2018. Our teacher will need to implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction, aligned to Common Core State Standards. This includes Language Arts (reading, writing, and word study), Math and Social Studies. They must encourage our students to be actively engaged in the learning process, and to live Girard’s Mission and the core values: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Self-Discipline and Compassion.
The Teacher must be able to:
Create a positive learning community within the classroom that acknowledges and respects children’s social and emotional interactions, as well as the needs and gifts of each individual while teaching how to become a caring and engaged member of the group
Implement a guided reading program for reading instruction that centers on small group learning based on students’ current instructional reading levels
Teach writing modeling a workshop format, where one-on-one conferencing in encouraged with students to improve their individual abilities
Coordinate a social studies curriculum where students learn how to read information and use critical thinking in research and projects. Units are used that support the standards expectations to develop understanding of social, political, cultural and economic contributions of social groups and individuals
Differentiate instruction when needed to meet the needs of a variety of students with different learning styles as well as areas of strength and weakness.
Conduct parent-teacher conferences and work to promote constructive home-school communication
Use assessment and evaluation tools to guide instructional decisions; maintain accurate, up-to-date records and communicate results in a timely manner with regard to student progress and performance
Perform professional duties efficiently as assigned by the Elementary/Middle School Academic Dean, manage resources effectively and meet deadlines and meeting schedules set by the School
Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, preference given to specialization/ certification in Reading or Mathematics and/or Master’s degree
Instructional Certification Required, PA Instructional Certification preferred.
Five years experience teaching or working with students with a range of needs and abilities, preferred urban education experience; an understanding of child development, preferred knowledge of Responsive Classroom techniques and preferred knowledge of Handwriting Without Tears.
High energy, positive and collaborative spirit
Local candidates preferred as there is no relocation reimbursement available
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Candidates should email a resume and cover letter.
About Girard College
Girard College is a private boarding school on a 43 acre campus, grades 1 through 12. Our students are from families with limited financial resources, headed by a single parent or guardian. All of our students receive a full scholarship for this five-day residential program that prepares students for advanced education. Girard College is located at 2101 South College Avenue. For more information visit our website http:www.girardcollege.edu.