Summary: A Lower School Teacher is responsible for carrying out the mission of VMS through curriculum development, classroom teaching, assessment, differentiation, classroom management, outdoor education, character development and building rapport with students in and out of the classroom. Our teachers support the mission and philosophy of the school. They value the community and culture of Vail Mountain School and strive to make our school a better place. The hallmark of our faculty is their participation in the school outside of their classroom. They attend sporting events, volunteer for activities and are active in the community. Our teachers understand that knowing their students is a prerequisite to becoming a great teacher. They have a deep knowledge of their subject area, and display dedication, passion, and the capacity to help all students succeed. They are committed to pursuing professional development and are life-long learners.
Essential Functions: The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following: • Teach Lower School curriculum, develop lesson plans and map curriculum for within his/her department • Participate fully in the life of the school including, but not limited to: curriculum planning, classroom teaching (included relevant and differentiated instruction) and assessments • Homebase and House responsibilities (if assigned) • Provide general supervision of students • Actively participate in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents and colleagues • Attend related meetings which may occur outside of the school day • Assist with afternoon and evening programs as requested • Participate in Board related events, as requested • Participate in orientation, field trips, hut trips and Ski Fridays
Competency: • Adaptability - Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time • Collegiality - Ability to work with colleagues in a professional manner throughout the school • Confidentiality - Maintains confidential information • Customer Service - Responds to requests for service and assistance • Design- Generates creative solutions; demonstrates attention to detail • Ethics - Treats people with respect; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values • Initiative - Asks for and offers help when needed • Innovation - Develops innovative approaches and ideas • Judgment - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment • Motivation - Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles • Oral Communication - Excellent verbal communication skills; responds well to questions • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; develops alternative solutions • Professionalism - Reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions • Teamwork - Ability to work independently and in teams • Written Communication- Writes clearly and informatively
Qualifications: • Oral and written proficiency within the assigned department • Expertise in and passion for the subjects taught
Education & Experience: • Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university required; advanced degree preferred • Proficiency in designing effective lessons, teaching diverse learning styles and managing elementary school age students
Physical Demands: • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk, use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Working Hours: The work schedule requires Employee to be at the school each school day for the time necessary to accomplish instruction and responsibilities assigned thoroughly (but at a minimum Monday through Friday beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending at the completion of Employee's responsibilities but no earlier than 3:45 p.m.) and for the duration of any VMS meeting(s).
About Vail Mountain School
Vail Mountain School mission: Develop Character, Seek Knowledge, Build Community.