Maternity Leave: Third Grade Lead Classroom Teacher
The Philadelphia School (TPS) is seeking a full-time 3rd Grade Teacher for January of 2020 through the
remainder of the 2020 academic year for maternity leave coverage. We are a Preschool - 8 progressive, independent school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with an enrollment of 475 students. Since our founding in 1972, The Philadelphia School has grown in size, complexity, and diversity. This growth has been rooted firmly in the progressive values with which our founders began: immersive learning, responsive pedagogy, and meaningful engagement with the world. The Philadelphia School seeks educators with a deep interest in social justice and a commitment to personal and professional growth. We are looking for someone with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Our third grade classrooms are team taught by two lead teachers who work in classrooms with approximately 24 children.
The successful candidate will work collaboratively with other third grade teachers, the learning resource team, and with specialists to meet the needs of diverse learners and to develop engaging thematic curriculum. The teacher must be prepared to offer developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for industrious 8- and 9-year-old students who are learning to gain competencies in applying their foundational skill sets in math, reading and writing. Third graders are keenly interested in issues of fairness and justice; their curricula explore how people and social movements have impacted – and continue to impact – the cultural and economic fiber of our country, citizenship, and interdependence. We seek to hire someone who will bring their own set of complementary experiences and expertise to add depth and dimension to the teaching team.
An orientation to progressive philosophy and teaching methods
Two to Five years of experience in elementary education
BA required and formal training in elementary education with a master’s degree strongly preferred
Growing understanding of child development, including the social, emotional, and intellectual domains
An understanding of or strong desire to learn how to create supportive relationships with their students, develop strong home-school partnerships with parents, to participate in school-wide initiatives, and to work closely with his/her supervisor to develop his/her craft.
Desire to develop knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum
Growth Mindset, Responsive Classroom, reading and writing workshop approach to teaching literacy, constructivist math instruction, and environmental education.
Familiarity with or interest in some of our core resources and methodologies: reading and writing workshop, a constructivist approach to mathematics, and inquiry-based learning.
Passion for instilling in children a lifelong love of learning
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and statement of educational philosophy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Philadelphia School welcomes and celebrates diversity in our student body and in our faculty, and is committed to providing an education for all of our children that instills in them a respect, understanding and appreciation for the many races, cultures, religions, family structures, and ethnicities that make up our complex and diverse world.