Job Title: Lower School Fourth Grade Lead Teacher, Language Arts Specialist
Reports to: Head of Lower School
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Full-time, 10 months
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 fourth grade lead teacher will work alongside the fourth grade team of specialists in a collaborative manner but will have the primary responsibility for planning, programming, teaching, evaluating, and reporting for all fourth grade students in the subject area of language arts (reading, writing, and grammar). 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 literacy skills, abilities, interests, and enthusiasm for learning. The fourth grade lead teacher and language arts specialist will be responsible for a homeroom of fourth grade students.
The fourth grade language arts curriculum provides students with a solid foundation of literacy. Using a workshop model for the teaching of reading and writing, teachers model a love of literacy in and outside of the classroom. With a focus on critical thinking, our fourth and fifth grade curriculum is research-based, focused on best-practice, and tailored to meet our students’ strengths/needs. The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child, by Donalyn Miller, is a foundational text for the development of language arts curriculum. In the Lower School, the “3Ts” guide our language arts curriculum: time spent reading/writing, on topics that matter (choice/voice), using techniques that readers/writers use.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Possess a strong knowledge of grade level curriculum being taught and of those surrounding it
Use best practices in teaching and learning, focused on differentiated instruction, to design and deliver instruction
Present well-planned lessons with appropriate work within and outside of the classroom (with a focus on integration of subject areas)
Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of each child’s performance and progress
Maintain and direct the appropriate behavior of students
Care and nurture the social and emotional needs of each child
Develop strong student relations and nurture the whole child by effectively communicating through active listening and appropriate responses
Demonstrate 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, interim and trimester progress reports)
Maintain an organized, pleasant, and inviting environment that supports active learning
Collaborate with colleagues in lesson planning as well as grade-level and school-wide goals
Participate actively in professional learning opportunities and demonstrate a growth, not fixed, mindset toward learning
Integrate technology into the curriculum in a meaningful way that is suitable to the age and needs of the students and subject matter being taught
Create 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
Participate on required school committees working toward school-wide goals
Coordinate classroom-related activities and events (including field trips) that support grade-level or subject-specific curriculum
Participate in associated duties such as carpool, lunch, and recess
Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Head of the Lower School
Experience and Educational Background:
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher with a concentration in ELA and elementary grades education. The ideal candidate will also be an educator who possesses a vast knowledge of age-appropriate and skill-appropriate teaching methodology for upper elementary school literacy instruction and has experience with the Orton-Gillingham and Responsive Classroom approaches. Preferred candidates will have three or more years of teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates interested in contributing to the full life of the school through Middle or Upper School coaching (multiple positions are open each season).
All candidates must complete the online application on the Careers page at www.thewalkerschool.org and include a resume and cover letter. Applications for this position will be accepted until Friday, June 6, 2018.