Long-TermGuest Teacher—Parental Leave
Faculty at Beauvoir may be assigned a role as either a Partner Teacher, Specialist Teacher, or Learning Resource Specialist. Partner teachers hold the ultimate responsibility for aspects of teaching, planning and curricular development and implementations, parent communication, and coordination of the life of the classroom for students while strongly collaborating with Specialist teachers and Learning Resource Specialists to nurture the development of the whole child. Direct supervision is managed by the designated academic administrator while ultimate reporting is overseen by the Head of School.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Demonstrate a joy for learning and teaching.
- Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning.
- Develop schemes of work, lesson plans and projects that demonstrate a distinguished knowledge of content and pedagogy appropriate for early childhood students.
- Develop and implement plans for the curriculum program and show written evidence of preparation as required.
- Plan and use appropriate instructional/learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflects accommodations for individual needs of students assigned.
- Use technologies in the teaching/learning process to support and enhance instruction and learning.
- Provide appropriate written/oral feedback on student work, and work with grade-level team to assign developmentally appropriate and relevant homework when appropriate.
- Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students and use information to adjust teaching strategies.
- Observe and assess student performance and development.
- Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development, including anecdotal notes and or written reports.
- Prepare required written formal and informal reports on student progress and development.
- Communicate necessary information regularly to student, colleagues and families regarding student progress and needs.
- Update necessary records accurately and completely as required by school leaders.
- Participate in grade level, school, and parent meetings.
- Prepare and nurture a positive emotional climate in the classroom. Prepare classroom for class activities, projects and different learning experiences.
- Manage student behavior and classroom routines by establishing and upholding values and procedures aligned with the Responsive Classroom best practices and Beauvoir’s social curriculum.
- Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, families, and community members.
- Demonstrate enthusiasm for the mission of the school and for working collaboratively with fellow faculty members to fulfill and support the strategic initiatives and vision of the school.
- Exemplify collaboration that supports an authentic and inclusive school community, and collaboration that supports colleagues in a positive manner.
- Establish and maintain open and respectful lines of communication with students, parents and colleagues; encourage parent and community involvement, obtain information for parents when requested, promptly return phone calls and answer emails.
- Actively seek and participate in professional development activities and programs.
- Engage in professional conversations about growth through observation and feedback with school leaders.
- Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on committees.
- Demonstrate mature judgment and discretion; maintain confidentiality and composure under pressure and in situations with students, parents and colleagues, and demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible.
- Exhibit a strong ability to organize work, set and adjust priorities, meet deadlines, and execute multiple concurrent tasks; anticipate needs and respond accordingly, and to perform with an appropriate degree of initiative.
- Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
- Embody the Beauvoir Life Rules in aspects of employment and interactions with school stakeholders. Support, uphold, and promote the Beauvoir Core Values of Childhood, Collaboration, Creativity, Curiosity and Courage.
- Perform other duties assigned by the Head of School.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in education preferred.
- At least three years of demonstrated experience in teaching.
- Coursework and/or professional training in childhood development.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Compatibility with the School’s values, Life Rules, mission, and vision.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Demonstrate an understanding of early childhood development and best practice pedagogy.
- Possess disciplinary acumen in literacy (receptive and expressive language, reading, writing, phonics and word study), mathematics, and social studies.
- Share equal responsibility with teaching partner in the areas of classroom design, classroom management, lesson design, lesson planning, activities, assessments, report writing, data gathering, and communication with families.
- Demonstrate professional flexibility, a growth mindset, optimism, and a sense of humor.
- Demonstrate initiative, confidence, and joy in aspects of work and in front of teaching partner, other colleagues, parents, and students.
- Demonstrate an ability and willingness to collaborate with teaching partner.
- Frequently discuss and reflect on teaching partnership as it relates to professional work and professional growth.
- Demonstrate a commitment to teamwork.
- Communicate effectively and efficiently with teaching partner on all aspects of the position, including student progress and information.
- Demonstrate a willingness and ability to learn more about a topic, strategy, or area of interest that students identify as interesting to their learning, design learning experiences around topics of student interest.
- Must pass periodic credit and general background, FBI background check, child safety screening and, at discretion of the school, drug and alcohol screening.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; credibility and ethical conduct.
- Excellent writing and editing skills; ability to write and format professional correspondence, memos, and support documentation.
- Mature judgement and discretion; ability to maintain confidentiality and composure under pressure working with sensitive or confidential information.
- Consistent and prompt attendance; conscientious about timeliness of assignment and the quality of work product.
- Compliance with the provisions of the Beauvoir Faculty & Staff Handbook.
- This position requires work outside normal business hours as needed, including evenings and weekends.
- The position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending and stooping in the performance of daily activities.
- The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing reports using a computer keyboard.
- The position also requires near and far vision for reading and preparing written reports and other required documents.
- Acute hearing is also required when providing phone assistance.
- The need to lift, drag, push and pull files, reports and other materials weighing up to 25 pounds is also required.
Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, and résumé to the attention of Courteney Simchak, Assistant Head of School for Student and Academic Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Long-Term Guest Teacher (Your Name).”