At Catlin Gabel School, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay and do their best work as educators. We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming community, and we know our school's success is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of our passionate employees.
Catlin Gabel's dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected in our curriculum and in our mission. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. Applications are welcome from anyone and everyone.
Position Title: Temporary Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher Department: Lower School
FTE: 1.0 (Exempt)
Reports to: Beginning and Lower School Head
POSITION SUMMARY This is a temporary position beginning in January 2019 and lasting until the end of the school year in June. The Homeroom Teacher instructs students in all subject areas including math, reading, writing, social studies, handwriting, spelling, and social-emotional development. The teacher assesses students’ progress and reports to parents on a regular basis.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES • Commitment to tenets of progressive education including experiential learning, teaching to the whole child, democracy, and inquiry. • Plan and facilitate effective lessons in reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, math, and social studies. • Assess student learning on an ongoing basis and use this information to inform instruction. • Co-plan with teaching colleagues. Work in a cooperative manner with the grade level team teacher, teaching intern, and the teaching assistant. • Establish a positive classroom environment and strong sense of community. • Apply individualized strategies for students with learning and social-emotional differences. • Supervise students during non-class times, including two recesses per week. • Develop, plan, and supervise field trips (both local trips and overnights). • Maintain frequent contact with parents including weekly classroom blog posts, e-mails, meetings, and informal conversations. • Facilitate student-led conferences in the spring, and write end-of-year reports. • Attend after-school activities and programs. • Attend weekly faculty meetings on Wednesdays and community meetings on Friday afternoons. • Complete required H.R. trainings each year (CPR, first aid, mandatory reporting, handling of hazardous materials, etc.) • Participate in the Lower School admissions process.
WORKING CONDITIONS The Lower School is housed in a building designed to provide a comfortable, spacious, and attractive atmosphere for learning. Most faculty teach primarily in one room. Teachers are expected to be on campus between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily and to attend other functions as designated. There are some mandatory evening and weekend commitments.
INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS Homeroom teachers have daily contact with children, parents, teachers, and administration.
Minimum Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree Required. Master’s degree preferred. • Minimum 3 years classroom teaching experience and record of effective performance.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities • Ability to differentiate instruction. • Strong classroom management skills. Ability to create a positive, nurturing environment for the student. • Ability to effectively run a reading workshop, writers’ workshop, and math workshop. • Ability to use technology to enhance instruction in developmentally appropriate ways. • Knowledge of current best practices in elementary education. • Background in progressive theory and ability to put it into practice. • Knowledge, understanding, and successful demonstration of integrating curriculum and providing connectedness for learners. • Knowledge, understanding, and successful demonstration of providing a challenging learning experience in a heterogeneous setting. • Clear communication skills, both verbally and in written form. • Ability to create positive, professional relationships with parents, caregivers, and colleagues • Excellent conflict management skills. • Cultural competency, ability to interact with a diverse array of people and foster inclusivity. • Ability to work as a team member: The ability to problem-solve, compromise, collaborate, be flexible, and take direction when necessary.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS • Mobility sufficient to move about the campus and assure the safety of children. • Ability to communicate with children, colleagues, and families. • The ability to occasionally lift 30-50 pounds and to accomplish frequent bending, squatting, stooping and kneeling.
TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT (applicants MUST apply via the provided link to be considered): https://catlin.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=249
About Catlin Gabel School
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beautiful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.