Saint Mark’s School is an independent, Episcopal coeducational day school in Altadena, California. Founded in 1960, the School serves the needs of approximately 300 Preschool through Sixth grade students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious and economic backgrounds. The School’s mission is to develop the unique intellect and character of each student in a nurturing environment committed to academic excellence, respect for diversity, responsibility, and spiritual growth.
The school is seeking a dynamic, creative, student-centered, and well-organized kindergarten teacher who has proven success working with five and six-year-old children. The kindergarten teacher will be responsible the effective execution of the kindergarten curriculum, instruction, programs, and activities.
The ideal candidate will work effectively as a member of a grade-level team to plan all aspects of the kindergarten program within a Responsive Classroom framework. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for teaching five and six-year-old students, a growth mindset, flexibility, a commitment to ongoing professional development, strong communication skills, and the skills to engage and inspire students. The kindergarten teacher is responsible for maintaining an engaging kindergarten classroom environment, assessing and reporting the progress of the students, leading parent conferences and managing parent communication.
Elementary Teacher FTE (Certified)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Plans and implements developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities designed to promote academic, social and emotional growth for children, keeping in mind the stated goals and philosophy of Saint Mark’s School.
Provides a stimulating learning environment where children can develop their potential and experience growth.
Identifies and provides for the learning needs of individual children, reaching a range of learners within the classroom.
Prepares and administers assessments with the aim of evaluating and communicating the progress of the students.
Communicates effectively with children, parents and colleagues in a professional and positive manner. Communicates student progress clearly and accurately in verbal and written form, including progress reports, emails, parent conferences, and meetings.
Demonstrates professionalism through punctuality, collaboration, organization, participation in meetings and staff development opportunities and maintains a respectful attitude in professional relationships.
Participates in Back-to-School Night, Admissions Open House, Kindergarten admissions events and other school events as necessary.
Plans and supervises field trips and classroom activities to extend student learning.
Keeps current in contemporary and developmentally appropriate pedagogical thinking, strategies, and techniques through reading of professional journals and attendance at professional conferences, workshops and courses.
Serves on committees and engages in professional group work as necessary.
Supervises and mentors a teacher intern, working collaboratively to meet the needs of the students.
Ensures the health and safety of children through visual supervision and by appropriately responding to injuries as well as unexpected circumstance.
Integrates meaningful and appropriate use of technology within the curriculum and maintains and updates teacher web page as required by the assistant head of school.
Follows guidelines of Emergency Preparedness Plan and takes responsibility for students’ safety in an emergency situation or drill.
Completes required training each year (CPR, first aid, mandatory reporting etc.)
Other duties as assigned
Skills and Qualities:
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Must love working with children
Creative, energetic, patient, resourceful, flexible and cheerful
Superior organizational skills and the cultural competence to work well with diverse constituent groups
Minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree in education or related field and a multiple subject teaching credential
3-5 years of teaching experience in early childhood or primary grades
Responsive Classroom, Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop, Singapore Math training (preferred)
Physical Requirements: Job includes some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; some stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling; hearing, speaking, observing and significant fine finger dexterity. Specific abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Generally, the job requires 15% sitting, 40% walking and 45% standing and the ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations, a generally hazard free environment, and in a clean atmosphere.
Salary: As per pay scale
Benefits: A full benefits package includes medical, dental and vision coverage and a TIAA/CREF retirement plan.
Submissions: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume to Lower School Head Kelly Mancuso at Kellym@saint-marks.org by Monday, May 13th.
Non-discrimination policy: Saint Mark’s School is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.