St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Houston, Texas is seeking a creative, organized, team player to serve as the Primary and Lower School Religion Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. This is a position with the combined focus of classroom learning and spiritual support for students, families, and faculty. The primary duties include: plan, organize, and implement the Godly Play religious education program for students in Preschool 2s through 4th grade, help develop and support the spiritual needs of our students, and plan, organize, and lead the Primary and Lower School chapel services in partnership with the School Chaplain.
St. Mark’s Lower School Religion Teacher will: (Demeanor)
Receive students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration in a friendly, courteous manner, and be sensitive to how her/his demeanor is reflective of the School
Adapt appropriately to circumstances that arise
Communicate issues, questions, and circumstances to the Heads of Primary or Lower School in a timely and professional manner
Work collegially with other members of the religion department to meet the spiritual needs of the St. Mark’s community.
Acquire and maintain the skills to implement and teach the Godly Play religious education curriculum with students in Preschool 2s through 4th grade
Supplement the curriculum with other materials and learning experiences that enrich the religion program and meet students' varying learning styles
Create and maintain an active and engaging classroom environment with attractive displays, bulletin boards, and learning centers
Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and equipment
Observe and evaluate students’ participation and performance
Plan, prepare, and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs of children
Review classroom materials annually and order new materials as needed
Update all necessary records accurately and completely
Plan, organize, and lead Primary and Lower School chapel services in conjunction with the School Chaplain
Develop and maintain acolyte and reader schedules for Primary and Lower School chapel services
Maintain the portal group page for each class providing parents with an overview activities, curriculum topics, and a classroom calendar of events
Technology skills are required in the following areas: Google Suite apps; interactive white boards; laptops and iPad knowledge (as determined by the Director of Technology)
Maintain appropriate classroom supervision for young children, guiding and redirecting their behavior as needed
Supervise and assist children with physical needs and personal hygiene
Participate in weekly faculty meetings and planned in-service days
Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and needs
Make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities through research of trends in religious education, teaching resources, and methods of instruction
Maintain professional competence by attending staff development programs, curriculum development meetings, and other professional activities
Regularly update curriculum on Atlas Curriculum Mapping program
Participate in and/or support student and parent activities designed to involve the faculty and staff
Provide materials for substitute teachers
Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Heads of Primary and Lower School
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
Works in a sometimes highly stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges
Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
Physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds; to bend, stoop, and reach overhead
Work primarily in a traditional climate controlled classroom environment
Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold
Interested candidates should email their résumé, cover letter, and references as one PDF directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about St. Mark’s, visit www.stmes.org.
About St. Mark's Episcopal School
About St. Mark’s Episcopal School
The community of St. Mark's Episcopal School celebrates the uniqueness of each child. We are stewards of our students' intellectual curiosity, faith, and passion for discovery. We cultivate joy, playfulness, and growth in a child-centered environment. Located in the West University Place neighborhood of Houston, St. Mark’s serves 470 students from two-year-olds through 8th grade. St. Mark's is an engaging community of learners where the school partners with its families in preparing each student for the path that lies ahead through a stimulating, whole-child school experience. Through offerings in athletics, performing and visual arts, technology, Spanish and a robust curriculum, St. Mark's prepares its graduates for the many high school options Houston offers, and successfully places its students in high schools which best fit each.
St. Mark's is an Episcopal school, and as part of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church parish, is known as a community environment and second home to over 350 families. The school is committed to its positive relationship with families, believing strongly in the power of a fully engaged dynamic between school and hom...e. As a place where children are known, teachers understand what it means to meet children where they are, which plays a crucial role in fostering each child's spirit.