Westmark School is currently seeking an experienced Physical Education Teacher. The Physical Education Teacher will be the lead P. E. teacher for all upper school classes and will assist with middle and lower school P.E. classes. A lead teacher is required to development appropriate curriculum for students with language-based learning differences at the Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions—grades 2-12.
The Physical Education program provides an all-inclusive curriculum based on the development of lifelong wellness skills that enhances students’ movement and physical abilities, as well as offers active experiences that can improve cognitive and affective aspects of the students’ development. The curriculum is designed to integrate physical skill, self-awareness, and sportsmanship. The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of children’s academic, social, and emotional development, and familiarity with the Physical Education Framework in California. The ability to teach “non” team sport activities such as pilates, yoga, and strength and conditioning, along with the willingness and background to coach interscholastic sports would be a plus.
Teach developmentally appropriate classes in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment
Organize games and challenges that promote physical activity and self-confidence
Teach cooperative games and skills for traditional sports
Develop students’ motor skills as well as physical and mental development
Coach boys’ and girls’ afterschool sports teams as time, qualifications, needs and interests require
Create and follow effective lesson plans
Maintain relevant documentation to assist the tracking of student progress
Provide accurate and consistent communication with families, administrators and colleagues regarding student behavior, concerns, progress and general information
Maintain class PowerSchool page
Daily update and post to PowerSchool class grade book
Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
Meet regularly with the Athletic Director to implement new strategies, tasks and skills
Prepare for and clean up after class activities and in shared spaces
Maintain and store all athletic equipment
Continually assess and update curriculum with research-based best practices
Attend regularly scheduled department meetings
Model professional and ethical standards when interacting with students, parents, peers and the community at large
Provide hyper vigilant supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of our students during class, practices and athletic events
Additional responsibilities and duties as assigned
Bachelor’s or graduate degree in related field
5 years teaching experience
Credential, graduate degree or extensive graduate work in the field of Special Education or learning disabilities a plus
Ability to individualize lessons to fit the students’ needs
Collaborative, team player
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
Displays strong organization and time-management skills
Ability to identify and improve student results
Desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.
About Westmark School
The leading independent school in Los Angeles for children with language-based learning differences in grades 2-12, Westmark School has provided an exceptional college-preparatory environment for more than 30 years, allowing students to grow and succeed, not only in the classroom, but also in life.
Westmark students discover how they learn best and become advocates for themselves, leading them to become highly functional, concrete thinkers, and preparing them for a successful college experience.
Westmark’s exceptional multi-modal, research-based pedagogy differentiates instruction based on student need and allows children to discover not only their personal academic style but their strengths and areas of need as well. Using state-of-the-art technology—including our one-to-one iPad program—and facilities designed with our learners in mind, as well as low student-teacher ratios, our distinguished faculty provide individualized instruction.
Westmark is about much more than what happens in the classroom. With a beautiful new athletic field, highly competitive sports teams, a small sound stage and production studio, vibrant music, performing and visual arts programs, an advance...d experiential learning program highlighted by engaging outdoor educational class trips, an integrated service learning program, student leadership opportunities as well as countless enrichment programs, Westmark has much to offer motivated, creative, and multi-faceted children.