Position Start Date: 7/1/2019 (2019-2020 school year)
MICDS has a rich and distinctive history spanning more than 150 years. A leader in independent education, MICDS is a college-prep, coeducational school for grades JK-12. Our mission is to help students discover their unique talents, preparing them for higher education and a life of purpose and service as engaged citizens in our ever-changing world.
MICDS offers employees a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits plan, including a generous 403(b) retirement plan where the School contributes 8% of salary with an employee’s 3% contribution; medical, dental and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts and long term care insurance; life insurance and short-term and long-term disability insurances; tuition benefit; paid leaves; access to a fitness center; and free lunch.
Under the general direction of the Head of Lower School, the Lead Teacher is responsible for implementing a developmentally appropriate academic and social/emotional curriculum for our students. The Lead Teacher supervises and mentors the classroom Teaching Associate.
Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of classroom instruction and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
Develop and implement curricula that include integration of content, concepts, and skills from across the disciplines into a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
Prepare materials and classroom for class activities.
Adapt/differentiate teaching methods and instructional materials to meet a diverse community of students’ varying needs and interests.
Address children’s skill and knowledge development in language arts, mathematics, and social studies.
Instruct and nurture children in the development of their social-emotional, behavioral, and self-management competencies within the framework of the School’s mission and honor code.
Prepare, administer, and grade assessments, in-class work, and assignments in order to evaluate students’ progress, provide appropriate feedback and to design differentiated curricula; write formal progress reports to parents.
Meet with parents/guardians to discuss their child’s progress, to present priorities for their child’s learning, set goals, and discuss resources to maintain progress.
Collaborate with the curriculum coordinators, learning specialist/counselor, department chairs, other teachers, and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of lower school programs/curriculum.
Team with grade-level, divisional, and departmental colleagues to create a consistent continuum of student learning and experiences.
Supervise within duty rotations as assigned.
Attend faculty meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops, as well as stay current with professional readings and research in order to maintain and improve professional competence.
Supervise, mentor, and partner with the teaching associates.
Serve on divisional and school-wide curriculum and program committees.
Contribute to other projects and responsibilities which may be added at the School’s discretion.
Job Requirements and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Elementary or Early Childhood Education. Masters preferred.
Significant prior experience teaching in a school setting
Organized, dependable, friendly, patient, energetic and creative.
Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other faculty, staff, parents, and members of the community.
Experience with a range of administrative uses for technology and a creative approach to integrating technology as an essential tool in student learning
Well versed in developmentally appropriate and current teaching methodologies for children.
Teach/play indoors on the floor as well as outdoors on the playground.
About MICDS - Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Founded in 1859, MICDS is a nonprofit, independent, preparatory school offering non-sectarian education to qualified students regardless of national origin, race or religion. MICDS consists of the Ronald S. Beasley Lower School, for grades Junior Kindergarten-4; Middle School, offering a coordinate model of single-gender education in the core curricular classes, for students in grades 5-8; and the Upper School for grades 9-12. MICDS is recognized as one of the nation's leaders in independent education.