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February 27, 2019
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

Curtis School is excited to announce an opening for a Lower Elementary (Grades DK-2) Lead Teacher position for the 2019-2020 school year. This is an exceptional opportunity for a teacher who is looking to join a team-oriented, inclusive and professional learning community as a member of one of our dynamic grade-level teams. Curtis School is a DK-6th grade elementary school, whose mission is “to develop, in every child, a sound mind in a sound body governed by a compassionate heart.” We hope to hear from you if this description resonates with your interests and goals.
Curtis School is seeking a Lower Elementary Lead Teacher. The Lead Teacher will be responsible for maintaining a positive and appropriate educational environment in their homeroom and creating a program that meets the intellectual and emotional needs of each child. The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in their grade level and the division director to build engaging curriculum and to fulfill Curtis’s mission of “developing, in every child, a sound mind in a sound body governed by a compassionate heart.”

The ideal candidate will possess 3-5 years of teaching experience in a lower elementary classroom environment and have a strong ability to collaborate and a willingness to contribute to a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework. The position will commence for the 2019-2020 school year.

● Masters degree in education and teaching credential
● Minimum of three years of teaching experience at an independent school (grades K-3 preferred)
● Experience teaching and/or ability and willingness to learn how to teach the following curriculum: Responsive Classroom, Balanced Literacy Approach (Benchmark Assessments, Guided Reading, Leveled Reading Groups), Reading & Writing Workshop, 6 Traits Writing, Singapore Math)
● Strong collaborator
● Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with students, colleagues and parents
● Evidence of lessons or projects that demonstrate the teaching of cross-cultural competency skills, and professional development in the area of diversity and inclusivity
● Strong writing skills and the ability to effectively communicate student progress via report card narratives.
● Pursuing ongoing professional development and personal growth opportunities
● Experience with the following programs and/or technologies: SMART Board Notebook software, iPads, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, blogging platforms
● Must provide a portfolio of teaching with examples of innovative lessons or projects that demonstrate creative and critical thinking
● Demo lesson required
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
● Break and lunch duty
● Afternoon carpool duty
● Providing feedback to students via formative and cumulative assessments
● Writing narrative trimester
● Participating in twice-yearly parent-teacher conferences
● Collaborating with the grade-level team
● Attending Back-to-School Night, Open House, Faculty Workshop Days, The Curtis Fair, Grade-Level & Division Meetings, and all mandatory professional development
● Participating in one admissions testing day

Non-Discrimination Policy:
Curtis School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or marital status or any other legally protected status in its employment practices.

Curtis School is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.

About Curtis:

Curtis School is an independent, DK-6 coeducational day school, established in 1925. The school is located on a spacious 27-acre campus in the Mulholland Corridor of the Santa Monica Mountains. Curtis is accredited by both the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school has two DK classrooms, three classrooms in each of Grades K-2, and four classrooms in each of Grades 3-6. Our community consists of 490 students and 68 faculty members. Please visit our website to learn more about us (www.curtisschool.org).

Application Procedures:

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Nancy Orr, Director of Human Resources at [email protected]

Nancy Orr
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