The Fourth Grade teacher will have the opportunity to bring our mission to life as they develop and deliver an inclusive curriculum that engages our students in valuing multiple perspectives; develops their knowledge of and empathy for the diversity of human experience; and builds their social-emotional skills. The teacher is responsible for teaching the subject areas of reading, word study, social studies, and math. Because of our looping model, this teacher will teach both 4th and 5th grade math students. A strong background in one or more of the following curricula is preferred: Math in Focus, TCRWP reading workshop, Wilson’s FUNdations/Just Words, and Responsive Classroom.
The teacher should also demonstrate a “whole child” approach to teaching; a commitment to “planning backwards” from mastery goals to design, teach, and assess an engaging and challenging program that honors individual learning needs; and the ability to utilize a wide range of student-centered instructional methods, including interdisciplinary project-based learning.
Duties and Responsibilities
Positively support the school’s mission while managing the demands of curriculum and lesson planning, teaching, collaboration, and parent communications.
Develop and implement both long-term and short-term curriculum plans for math, reading, word study, and social studies.
Draw from a variety of curriculum sources and be skilled in differentiating among students with clear methods to provide appropriate challenge and support.
Consistently communicate and document clear objectives for all learning activities.
Regularly assess student progress by observing and evaluating performance and development and providing appropriate feedback to students and their parents.
Work collaboratively with a team of dedicated colleagues; communicate regularly with colleagues about student progress (including fellow teachers as well as the division head, director of learning support, and director of wellness).
Write narrative student evaluation reports two times in the year (January and June) and lead parent-teacher conferences three times in the year (August, October, and March).
Establish and enact community norms with students, using a positive, asset-based approach to classroom management.
Attend school, department, team and parent meetings.
Maintain knowledge of and competency in relevant classroom technology and have a passion for recent developments in pedagogy and curriculum, displaying openness and flexibility to incorporate changes into instructional plans and activities.
Be vigilant about student health and safety.
Qualifications and Skills
BA degree required; masters degree and/or teaching certification is a plus.
At least 2-3 years in a lead teacher role, preferably as an elementary homeroom teacher.
Independent school experience is a plus.
Demonstrated commitment to meeting the social-emotional needs of children.
A clear, warm, and effective communicator.
Experience with technology integration is strongly preferred.
A proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is required.
Candidates should display a growth mindset toward student learning, teaching practice, and personal/collective professional development.
Candidates should have enthusiasm for joining an entrepreneurial, collegial, enthusiastic, creative, fun group of professionals who are committed to innovative, transformative teaching.
About Doane Academy
Since its founding in 1837, Doane Academy has helped students to realize their interests, develop their talents, and have a significant impact on the world around them.
For children ages 3 through twelfth grade, Doane Academy is committed to developing intelligent, capable young people within a school culture where students are known, loved, and strongly encouraged to realize their full potential.
The students, faculty and staff at Doane Academy are all part of a supportive and encouraging school family. Our teachers are attentive to the needs of each student as an individual, and work closely with both students and parents to insure success in academics and extracurricular activities. The school's rigorous college preparatory curriculum, strong athletic program, and numerous opportunities in extracurricular activities cultivate the development of character, leadership, emotional maturity, and standards of ethical conduct that are essential in preparation for college and education for life.