Harding Academy is a warm and caring school environment where respect is the key ingredient. Every child, parent, and colleague is a unique individual worthy of our understanding and greatest effort. Harding Academy employs outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators, provides technologically enhanced facilities, and offers a broad and challenging curriculum designed to develop the whole person.
The mission of our school is to educate and inspire young people to become thoughtful, creative, lifelong learners and self-disciplined, responsible, caring citizens. Members of the faculty are an important part of this effort. We strive and serve so that the students may become young men and women who are able to make choices that will benefit themselves, our society, and our world.
The primary teaching responsibilities of the first grade teacher include language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
Demonstrates a desire to meaningfully integrate technology into the classroom
Employs a variety of teaching methods to engage different learning styles and ability levels in the classroom
Prepares motivating and stimulating lessons that reflect knowledge of the curriculum, child development, and student abilities
Encourages an inclusive classroom that accepts the different perspectives and backgrounds of the students and elicits a greater understanding of the world around them with a global perspective
Utilizes a variety of assessments and uses data in the classroom to develop lessons and instructional activities needed
Updates curriculum and materials as needed
Teaching and Learning Environment
Creates a learning environment that is motivating and supportive
Creates an age appropriate setting with clear expectations for classwork and homework while maintaining current books and instructional resources that supplement the classroom
Seeks to actively know students’ strengths and weaknesses and responds promptly and with care to parent concerns
Communicates effectively with parents, colleagues, and administrators
Maintains an accurate and organized system for monitoring student grades and records
Meets reporting deadlines and requirements and follows school-wide procedures for reporting grades
Prepares well-thought out and thorough conference reports and written documentation on student progress
Maintains substitute plans and engages substitutes in advance when needed and when possible
Demonstrates classroom management skills
Demonstrates a willingness to learn, grow, and improve as a teacher
Continues to update knowledge of content area(s) taught
Engages in goal setting and review process with assigned administrator
Attends and participates appropriately in full, divisional, and departmental/team faculty meetings
Maintains a positive attitude and approach
Represents the school in the larger community in a positive manner
Assists with projects and school-wide initiatives
Other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor or management
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The competencies listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Professional maturity and the ability to respond calmly and effectively in stressful and dangerous situations
Professional and effective written, oral, and listening communication skills
Respectful attitude toward school faculty, students, and parents
Ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality of personal information
Ability to demonstrate a high level of work, personal, and professional ethics
Enthusiasm for working collaboratively as part of the Harding Academy team
Active involvement in school functions, goals, activities, etc.
Ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills
Working knowledge of technology including email, spreadsheets, written and electronic correspondence, internet, school’s online portal, and smartboards.
Must have reliable transportation
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: speak, hear, stand, walk, sit; use his/her hands or fingers to: handle, grasp or feel; to: reach with hands and arms; and to: smell. The employee is occasionally required to kneel or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be available to allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree; current teacher certification in the State of Tennessee
Preference: Master’s and two years experience in an elementary school position
About Harding Academy
Harding Academy is a coeducational, nonsectarian day school serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. With a focus on rigorous academics taught by nurturing teachers, Harding Academy students thrive within a uniquely balanced and motivating environment.
At the heart of the Harding Academy advantages is our fundamental commitment to the PreK-8 structure, which supports every student’s social, emotional, and academic needs in a developmentally appropriate manner.
We seek to serve a diverse community of families searching for the optimal pathways to some of the nation’s most challenging public and independent high schools, and who share our mission to foster thoughtful, lifelong learners and responsible, caring citizens.
Harding Academy strives to inspire the mind and nurture the spirit in all we do. Our PreK-8 model provides the optimal environment in which to strike this balance. We serve each and every student with a whole-child approach and through challenging and developmentally appropriate curriculum, character education, and extracurricular activities.