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Posted
March 29, 2019
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Upper Elementary Classroom Teacher
Description
Interested in working at Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) as a Classroom Teacher? The curriculum includes social-emotional and academic components. The successful candidate will embrace a student-centered teaching philosophy, demonstrate respect for childhood, and establish a warm, dynamic, joyful learning environment to celebrate the varied talents of every child he or she teaches.

Teachers are expected to differentiate instruction and meet a wide range of student abilities, needs, and readiness levels. Essential to success at Almaden Country Day School is an understanding and appreciation of children’s developmental stages and a deliberate focus on building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.

The successful finalist will want to be part of a working and learning environment in which colleagues collaborate for the benefit of our students and families; we value cooperation and integration. He or she will provide evidence of high personal and professional standards, communication skills, and eagerness to grow as a teacher.

Requirements/Responsibilities:

Demonstrated success teaching children in a private or public school setting

Familiarity with current best practices appropriate to elementary school learners, in the context of a developmental learning philosophy

Demonstrated success in designing and implementing differentiated instruction to meet individual student needs

Commitment to teaching 21st Century Skills, including teamwork, creativity, problem solving, curiosity, ethics, resilience and cultural competency

Aptitude in promoting student inquiry and collaboration

Demonstrated success in integrating technology as an instructional tool

Evidence of ongoing professional development and desire to grow as an educator

Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative work style

Personal characteristics: passion for working with children, optimism, flexibility, patience, joyfulness, sense of humor, commitment to personal and professional growth

Willingness to carry out other duties and responsibilities beyond the classroom, as expected of all faculty

Teaching credential or equivalent degree

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum of 5 years of classroom teaching experience

Knowledge of and expertise with project-based learning

Competence using a Reading and Writing Workshop model for language arts instruction

Experience teaching Bridges Math

Overview of Almaden Country Day School:

Almaden Country Day School is an independent, pre-K through 8th grade school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. The school's mission is to “discover the gifts in every child.” ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.

We serve about 340 students, with an average of 18 students per class. Our students graduate prepared to succeed in rigorous high school coursework, but characterized by their desire to get involved in all aspects of school life, from fine and performing arts, to clubs, to speech and debate, to athletics, robotics, and more. On average, 95% of ACDS students who apply to private high school are admitted. It is not unusual for half of the students in an ACDS graduating class to be accepted into high school with academic distinction or honors placement. Approximately 20 percent of the student body receives tuition aid.

The versatility of our alumni is by design. ACDS strives to develop well-rounded young people, with all students taking art, drama, foreign language, physical education, music, and in the middle school, more than 30 choices for elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, a robust integrated technology program, a designated maker space (“The Imaginarium”), and a strong fine and performing arts program all contribute to the emphasis on balanced, whole-child instruction at ACDS.

Our parents are very committed to the school and follow the progress of their children carefully. Teachers are held to high expectations for meeting the needs of our children and families and work cooperatively with parents at all times.

We seek teaching candidates who are well versed in developmental pedagogy and differentiated teaching methods, and who are committed to providing individualized attention to our students and parents. A collaborative work style and a receptive attitude toward cooperative efforts are required in our small school.

For more information about Almaden Country Day School, candidates are encouraged to visit our website at www.almadencountrydayschool.org

If you are a dynamic and caring educator, passionate about children, and prepared to work with amazing young people and wonderful peers, please contact us.

To apply, send a cover letter and résumé to [email protected]
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Jennine Rodriguez
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