Position Classification: Full-time, 10 month, Faculty, salaried-exempt position
Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with additional hours as needed to fulfill teaching responsibilities
Reports to: Head of Lower School
Position Summary: St. Christopher’s School, the largest all-boys school in Virginia and one of the largest and oldest boys’ schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, seeks a homeroom teacher for 5th grade. Serving 960 boys in Grades JK-12 in Richmond, Virginia, St. Christopher’s School is committed to cultivating a school community that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming and prides itself on being devoted to bringing out the best in every boy. Our Episcopal foundation is at the center of what we do, and we care most about developing young men who possess honor and integrity. Our boys benefit from an education and curriculum that is focused on excellence in all forms, including academics, the arts, athletics, and service learning.
The Lower School is a busy and purposeful place. We seek applicants who will provide inspiration and joy to our boys and contribute to the dynamic and energetic ethos within our school community. The ideal candidate will have proven success teaching and developing meaningful learning experiences for boys. The 5th grade homeroom teacher will work closely and collaboratively with other members of the 5th grade team, the Head of Lower School, and other resource and support faculty and staff.
Teach homeroom with 14-18 fifth grade boys in language arts/reading, math, and social studies.
Foster communication and a respectful partnership with parents/guardians in conferences and through written reports.
Work with colleagues to design meaningful learning experiences for boys.
Support integration across curriculum areas and collaboration between teachers.
Collaborate with teaching team as well as plan independently to deliver individual, whole-group, and small-group instruction.
Plan and prepare lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning.
Assess student progress using a variety of formal and informal data collection tools and methods.
Manage student behavior in accordance with best practices.
Create a positive classroom environment in which all boys feel known and valued.
Communicate necessary information regularly to students and parents regarding student progress and student needs.
Engage in ongoing professional growth and development.
Supervise students on the playground, in the hallway, dining hall, in the classroom, etc.
Attend team and faculty meetings.
Attend Lower School chapel three times a week.
Qualifications & Key Skills:
Bachelor’s degree with strong academic record required; a masters degree and teaching certification preferred
Extensive experience working with upper elementary grade children; a minimum of three years of recent teaching experience at or near grade level
Experience integrating technology into the curriculum
A willingness to accept positive feedback, a professional demeanor, and integrity
Personal traits for nurturing the growth of boys and working cooperatively with adults; a passion and joy for working with young people, and an enthusiasm for learning
Ability to work with boys and parents in a warm, confident, empathetic manner
Commitment to St. Christopher’s mission, policies, and initiatives
A flexible, positive, can-do attitude and a sense of humor
Additional Information: Candidates interested in pursuing this position should send a cover letter, résumé, and a minimum of three references with contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “5th Grade Teacher” in the subject line.
Application Deadline: February 20, 2020
About St. Christopher's School
St. Christopher’s School, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia. The School’s mission is to prepare a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world.
St. Christopher’s currently enrolls 1001 boys in JK-12 from 57 zip codes in the Richmond metropolitan region. Lower School (JK-5) has 423 boys, Middle School (6-8) has 242 and Upper School (9-12) enrolls 336. The 162 full- and part-time members of the faculty have an average tenure of 12.7 years and 61 percent have advanced degrees, including 6 with doctorates. The average class size is 16.
Coordination with St. Catherine’s School for girls offers many opportunities for interaction at all levels including coed classes in the upper school. Virtually 100 percent of St. Christopher’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, often at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Honor, service, and community are hallmarks of the St. Christopher's experience.