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 with 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 Primary and Lower School Music Teacher at The Walker School will teach all Primary and Lower School students in Early Learners through fifth grade and collaborate with teams of co-curricular teachers in the Primary and Lower Schools. The music teacher serves on the fine/performing arts vertical team which consists of teachers from all four divisions of the school. The music teacher has primary responsibility for planning, programming, teaching, evaluating, and providing feedback for all students in the area of music. Lead teachers work 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 confidence, musical skills, and enthusiasm for the performing arts.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Possess 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 in and outside of the classroom (with a focus on the integration of subject areas, problem solving, and creativity)
Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of each child’s performance and progress
Maintain and direct the appropriate behavior of students
Care for and nurture the social and emotional needs of each child
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, quarterly progress reports)
Maintain an organized, pleasant, and inviting environment that supports creativity
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
Plan, orchestrate, and prepare students for annual performances such as Grand Day, the Primary School Spring Musical, and the Lower School Spring Showcase
Lead singing and provide accompaniment during Lower School assemblies
Lead and coordinate the Lower School Chorus, a popular after-school activity, which includes weekly rehearsals with on-campus and off-campus performances
Maintain resources and inventory of musical instruments, materials, and equipment, including maintaining the grand piano
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 Primary and Lower School Heads
Minimum Positional Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Experience: Preschool and elementary classroom experience preferred
Language skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret educational research, professional journals (both in print and electronic format). Ability to write student reports, newsletters, and publishable classroom updates using technology. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from students, parents, colleagues, and, at times, the general public
Mathematical skills: Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical solutions such as grading, budgeting for materials, calculating field trip costs
Reasoning ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Elementary Education; Fine Arts in Music Education (Master’s Degree preferred)
All candidates must complete the online application on the Careers page at www.thewalkerschool.org . Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2019