Westmark School is currently seeking a Lower School/Middle School Reading Teacherexperienced in teaching the mechanics of reading to Lower and Middle School students following a structured reading program. As our Lower and Middle School Reading Teacher, you will organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.
Our ideal candidate has a proven track record of demonstrating an exceptional knowledge and passion for teaching students, preferably with language-based learning differences.
Teaches Lower School and Middle School students with language-based learning differences;
Plans, implements and follows the reading curriculum’
Submits weekly lesson plans to the Divisional Director and Reading Department Chair;
Integrates technology into the curriculum following best practices;
Maintain class PowerSchool page and regularly updates and posts to PowerSchool class grade book;
Uses behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences;
Provides a positive environment that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning;
Models professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and the community;
Embraces and supports the mission of Westmark School; and
Additional duties, responsibilities, activities, events, and functions as assigned by Head of School or her designee.
Bachelor of Arts degree or higher in Special Education or related field and 3-5+ years of classroom teaching experience or experience in a reading remediation clinical setting and credential preferred
Strong desire to work with students with language-based learning differences
Proven track record of successfully working with young and adolescent children
Training in a structured reading or literacy program such as: Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, Slingerland or Lindamood-Bell
Knowledge of multi-sensory teaching methodologies
Experience with technology- iPads, PCs and SmartTechnologies
Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis
Ability to work collaboratively with fellow faculty, staff and administration
Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated
Desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies
Displays strong work ethic, organization and time-management skills
Ability to identify and improve student results
Experience collecting and utilizing data to inform instruction, track progress, and measure student growth
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Thephysical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Please submit a letter of interest and your resume to:
Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.
Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.
Located in Encino, CA, Westmark offers competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. We seek talented professionals committed to excellence.