Founded on the principle of building a school “where children come first,” The Fay School serves approximately 270 students aged 3 years to fifth grade in the Uptown area of Houston, Texas. It is among the best independent elementary and primary schools in the competitive Houston marketplace. By fostering their emotional intelligence and leadership development while providing challenging and engaging academics, The Fay School prepares its fifth graders to matriculate to Houston’s most sought-after middle schools.
A joyful educational oasis, the school sits on 8.5 acres of naturally landscaped property where children frequently work and play in its beautiful outdoor setting. Many Fay families speak of the immediate calm they feel as they drive onto the campus, delivering their children to this unique student-focused learning environment. To adapt to the evolving landscape of education and plan its direction for the next three to five years, The Fay School engaged in a partnership with Ian Symmonds & Associates, a leading firm in facilitating innovative strategic planning. The plan was unveiled during the 2020-2021 school year, making this an exciting time to be a part of a community focused on the future of education and innovative thinking.
The Lead Teacher position is a benefits eligible, full-time position for the term of the school year, typically ten months from August to June. This position reports to the Principal. Lead Teachers create a flexible program and class environment favorable to learning and personal growth. They build rapport with students and motivate them to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge in accordance with each student’s ability. Lead Teachers establish positive relationships with parents and other Fay employees.
Responsibilities include the following:
Uses a variety of teaching techniques and learning structures suitable to the age and needs of the students and subject matter, utilizing the Assistant Teacher.
Maintains daily lesson plans and updates curriculum maps to reflect current student learning.
Implements curricula within the context of the School’s overall program and strategic planning goals such as incorporating the use of the outdoors, experiential learning, and leadership development through emotional intelligence.
Initiates regular parent communication through class newsletters, progress reports, report cards, individual emails, and phone calls so parents are well informed of events and student progress.
Uses classroom technology effectively and according to the developmental appropriateness of the grade level. Technology usage is primarily active and creation oriented.
Maintains and continuously expands pedagogical knowledge using various resources.
Sets annual goals and works toward them.
Attends weekly team planning time and aligns teaching with grade level team members.
Attends weekly department meeting prepared to contribute and collaborate.
Attends bi-monthly faculty meetings until 4:30 and in-service days.
Celebrates diversity and is proactively inclusive of all racial, cultural, socio-economic, religious, and gender groups.
Exhibits self-awareness and self-monitoring in identifying and solving student, curricular, and school problems.
Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills.
Differentiates instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
Fosters collaboration among team to build curricula and ensure others are well informed of changes, initiatives, and progress.
Embraces feedback and a culture of continuous improvement.
Displays attitudes and actions that contribute to a healthy and collegial teacher culture.
Supports and actively promotes the organization.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in education
3 years of teaching experience preferred.
Knowledge of Project-based learning (PBL), outdoor education, Responsive Classroom and Units of Study in Reading and Writing by Lucy Calkins and TCRWP Colleagues preferred
Ability to enthusiastically work both indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions including rain, cold, heat, etc. and on various surfaces, some inclined, including grass, dirt, trails, decking, pavement, and concrete.
Ability to perform sustained standing and walking, navigating stairs, kneeling, lifting, and carrying up to 20 lbs., monitoring children and the immediate environment visibly and audibly and the ability to give audible instructions that can be understood by English speakers in a loud environment.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and Teams
Only complete applications that include a cover letter and educational philosophy statement will be considered.
Candidates must submit the following:
A cover letter indicating why they are particularly interested in and qualified for the position
A statement of educational philosophy
A current resume
A list of three references
Internal Number: 1005
About The Fay School
School Mission:The Fay School is a nonsectarian, not-for-profit, co-educational school in which children of diverse talents and backgrounds with strong academic abilities are offered a high-quality education in a secure, enriching, and academically challenging environment. Here children learn and grow intellectually, physically, socially, ethically, and artistically while developing self-confidence and a lifelong love of learning through an active partnership among educators, parents, and students.
School Vision:Anchored to a challenging, engaging, and relevant academic program, The Fay School’s Leadership Development Program distinguishes itself among all other schools in Houston. Grounded in both emotional intelligence and human capital strategy, The Fay School’s vision is to deliberately build and educate the next generation of leaders for our world. Our students experience leadership training and curriculum reserved for Fortune 500 companies, and they graduate from Fay with skills that will serve them for a lifetime.