The Ancona School seeks a full-time headteacher for 5th/ 6th grade Math and Science. The teacher will provide instruction in math and science to children in grades 5 and 6 (multi-age classroom), as well as collaborating with the grade-level cohort, which includes the other 5th/6th Grade Advisors, Student Support Team, and multilevel (special subjects) teachers for the grade level. This teacher works as an advisor with time dedicated each morning to building community and social and emotional learning.
Essential Job Function
Prepares and delivers curriculum in primes, factors, and multiples; fraction and decimal concepts; probability and ratios; surface area, volume, and formulas; biochemistry of food; the human body; earth systems; and sex education.
Manages the learning experiences for students to ensure the needs of the group and individual students are met.
Plans and facilitates the Science Fair and Social Justice Data Fair.
Communicates regularly with parents, including weekly updates to the classroom web page and emails and phone calls to inform the child’s family of academic and social-emotional development.
Writes narrative-based progress reports, leads and participates in parent-teacher conferences.
Leads class in the advisory program, including daily advisory meetings.
Attends camp and supervises students.
Supervises lunch and recess daily.
Partners with all adults responsible for 5th and 6th-grade students’ education and well-being; collaborates with colleagues to plan and execute Friday programming.
Prepares for and presents at school events, such as open houses and informational dinners.
Participates in professional activities designated by the Head of School, which may include workshops, curriculum retreats, meetings, grade reporting, planning, and other professional pursuits.
Attends all pre-announced staff meetings and professional sessions, including staff, level, committee, and evening parent meetings.
Follows the school’s policies and procedures for student evaluation and record-keeping, meeting all due dates as required.
Assesses the needs of the class and prepares requests for materials, furnishings, and classroom budget; updates inventory list and submits to Head of School on the last day of school.
Other job duties as assigned.
Pre-class preparation, including consultation with SST and Grade Level Team
Track attendance and report to the school office students who are in/out
Receive and welcome students
Consult with other teachers for curriculum ideas, sharing materials, and scheduling common activities
Teaching Expectations During Class
Uphold and reinforce positive behavior by modeling and reinforcing ground rules
Remain in contact with the whole group and sense changing mood or activity
Conference with individual children about their work
Treat children with unconditional positive regard and provide individualized care for needs
Expectations After Dismissal
Refresh the environment
Complete daily notes
Reflect on individual children and group interaction
Assemble materials for the following instructional day
Communicate with SST and grade level team about any learning or social-emotional issues that surfaced during the day
Note needed janitorial services, work orders
Restructure classroom routine as needed
Place orders or go shopping
Meet with co-workers, Division Head, and Head of School to share ideas, plan, and problem solve
Perform the following selected duties as needed:
Update long-range class and children’s records
Organize special projects
Read professional journals or articles
Confer with Head of School as requested
Occasional and Ongoing Expectations
Prepare notes for conferences
Participate in staff meetings
Participate in parent education
Participate in Board meetings, as requested
Participate in professional meetings outside of school
Prepare for school’s community activities such as open houses, observations, and all general meetings or special events
Reports to Division Head and Head of School
Required Qualifications: Education and Experience
Masters in Education or math/ science-related field
Minimum of three years of teaching rooted in progressive education
Middle school or late elementary teaching experience
Experience integrating social justice themes into a science curriculum
Familiarity with Macintosh platform and Google suite of products
CPR/First Aid certification (preferred)
Pass a background check
Have the physical capacity to work with children.
Keep up with professional development – 15 hours per school year.
About The Ancona School
The Ancona School is a 21st century independent school for preschool through 8th grade students located in Chicago's historic Hyde Park-Kenwood community. Since its founding in 1962, Ancona has been a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. The school combines the best of Montessori and progressive educational traditions with innovative teaching and curriculum in open, multi-age classrooms. Ancona graduates go on to Chicago’s most selective public, independent and parochial high schools. Outstanding teachers, active parent involvement and a true concern for social justice distinguish our community of learners.