K - 1 Teacher

Job Title: K - 1 Teacher
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Santa Monica
Reference: 250414
Contact Name: Leah Biegeleisen
Contact Email: [email protected]
Job Published: November 18, 2019 14:00

Job Description

K/1 Teacher needed at independent school in Santa Monica, starting immediately! 

Are you ready to join a diverse community where everyone recognizes and values the unique qualities contributed by every individual student and adult at the school? Are you committed to balancing tradition and innovation in a dynamic elementary school setting? Are you excited about outdoor education and service learning projects at all grade levels? 

  • Plan and teach curriculum to children in a non-graded class (about a two-year age range) with a team teacher
  • Work closely with other faculty and staff
  • Provide a skill concentration (art, language arts, math, music, science, social studies, etc.) that would be an addition to the faculty's talent pool and enrich the school
  • Share supervision of activities outside the classroom and work to generate new projects and direction for the multicultural school community
  • Provide continuous student assessment, write mid-year and year-end progress reports, and hold teacher-student-parent conferences
  • Attend weekly faculty meetings and participate actively in curricular issues in an ongoing exchange of information and support with a closely-knit staff
  • Teaching in a non-graded setting requires much knowledge of child development.
  • One must be able to adjust curriculum to the cognitive level of each child and provide a wide range of materials for the varying levels of student ability.
  • To conference successfully with parents in such a school, one must have good communication skills, a thorough understanding of the curriculum, and each student's circumstances.
  • A familiarity with many ways of approaching a subject, and a willingness to develop one's own materials and to learn new ways, are very important.
  • Other qualities needed are a good sense of humor, organization, flexibility, self-motivation, and confidence.
  • Needs to be a team player who exhibits a sense of stewardship in the work setting.
  • Prior experience in teaching lower elementary school is essential.
  • A California or other state teaching credential is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in non-graded schooling will be given preference.
  • Excellent stamina, creativity, honesty, a generous heart, and a willingness to seek continuing education in the field are valued qualities. 
Salary is dependent upon personal qualifications and experience.

K-6th grade equivalent, coeducational independent school; we believe students learn in a wide variety of ways and at differing rates in a school that values diversity. We offer children a strong academic curriculum made relevant to each child's life experience. We seek to develop the whole child, striking a balance between academic and social skills.