Congressional School anticipates Primary/Lower School Teacher openings for the 2020-2021 school year. The Primary/Lower School Teacher is responsible for providing an effective learning environment through planning, organizing, developing, and assessing a comprehensive instructional program for Primary or Lower School students. The Teacher is knowledgeable about the cognitive and social-emotional development of children this age and has a passion for elementary education. The Teacher will be positive, collaborative, innovative, and passionate in addition to the below duties and responsibilities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develops, implements, assesses and modifies, as necessary, a dynamic program for fourth grade students that aligns with Congressional School’s mission, vision, and values.
Uses a variety of methods, materials, and techniques to teach mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, and history to elementary students. Has experience teaching writing using the Teachers College writing workshop model.
Builds a safe and engaging classroom community.
Organizes classroom systems and procedures and manages student behavior to ensure all students are fully engaged and learning.
Establishes and communicates clear objectives for all learning activities.
Implements instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.
Assesses students’ knowledge for the purposes of refining classroom activities and providing feedback to students, parents and administration regarding students’ progress, expectations and goals.
Actively seeks opportunities for professional development.
Listens and responds to student and parent concerns in a responsible, constructive and resourceful manner.
Integrates meaningful and appropriate use of technology within the curriculum.
Actively supports the School philosophy, community, and policies.
Performs other related duties as required and assigned by the Division Director.
Bachelor’s degree in elementary education or a related field; Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum 2 years of experience teaching elementary grades, preferably in an independent school.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in child development and educational practices.
Strong initiative and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
An ability to work in a joyful, collegial and collaborative environment
A sense of humor, warm personality, and growth mindset
Congressional School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and it is the School’s policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of any legally protected category and to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or characteristic, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran, military service, application for military service, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state and local laws.
About Congressional School
Founded in 1939, Congressional School is a co-ed independent day school in the heart of Falls Church, VA. Dedicated to young learners—infants through eighth graders—Congressional School serves more than 345 students and 2,000 campers annually through its academic and summer programs. The school develops great thinkers and leaders by encouraging students to explore, embrace challenge, and grow through an innovative academic program —all in a diverse and inclusive community. Well-prepared for excellent secondary schools, Congressional School graduates have confidence, a sense of ethics, and the desire to continually and respectfully question, collaborate, create, and lead.
Teachers at Congressional School are passionate, innovative, and dedicated members of the Congressional community who embrace the vision, mission, philosophy and traditions of the School while always striving for excellence. Teachers are committed to growth as professionals and individuals, and are eager to help the school’s students strive for and be their best. Congressional is a community where learning, growing, curiosity, engagement, hard work, and play are all valued and nurtured.