Reporting to the Director of the Lower School, the successful candidate for the kindergarten teacher position will take a student-centered approach to all school work and will use the school’s mission to design and support the academic, extracurricular, social, and emotional success of students. Applicants should be well-grounded in early childhood educational theory, particularly in the area of balanced literacy and mathematics. In addition, the applicant should be able to understand and apply a variety of classroom instructional strategies in order to help students develop a sense of curiosity about the world.
As a member of the Lower School faculty, the teacher’s primary responsibilities include teaching and managing a self-contained classroom and communicating with parents, colleagues, and administrators. The teacher is responsible, with colleagues and the Lower School Director, for the development and implementation of the instructional program in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and social-emotional learning, including diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Teaching Kindergarten students in a self-contained classroom;
Planning, preparation, and implementation of lessons;
Administration and evaluation of classwork, assignments, and assessments;
Planning, evaluation, and revision of curricula, lesson content, lesson and classroom materials, methods of instruction and assessment;
Regular participation in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter;
Providing assistance and advice to students during free periods and before and after school;
Collaboration with members of the Lower School faculty, staff, and the entire K-12 community;
Serve as a “Panther Pod” (advisory) leader;
Enthusiastic participation in the greater life of the school;
Ability to foster diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, and social justice to promote a healthy learning environment;
Willingness to take on other duties as needed.
Bachelor’s degree/advanced degree in education and a minimum of three years of teaching at the lower elementary level preferred;
Comprehensive knowledge of early childhood curriculum and instruction;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Ability to work collaboratively and methodically with diverse students, faculty, staff, and parents on a regular basis;
Ability to use effective classroom management techniques;
Commitment to developmental education, differentiated instruction, interdisciplinary teaching, and community service.
Physical requirements and work environment
Work in an environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines, as well as a diverse array of contacts;
Work at a desk and computer;
Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment;
Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
Polytechnic School is committed to attracting and retaining talented, dedicated employees through a competitive compensation plan that is commensurate with experience.
A full benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage and a TIAA/CREF retirement plan.
Interested candidates should visit our ADP Career Center webpage. Thank you!
Equal Opportunity Employer
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, Poly will recruit, hire, train, and promote faculty and staff without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition and physical or mental disability (whether perceived or actual), or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. School policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.
About Polytechnic School
An independent, coeducational college-preparatory school in Pasadena, Calif., Polytechnic School offers a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1907, the school enrolls approximately 860 students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.
The mission of Polytechnic School is to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence that values the uniqueness and dignity of each member and fosters personal responsibility and service to others. We are committed to honesty, justice, charity, and the pursuit of knowledge. We respect the dignity and worth of all human beings—their thoughts, their feelings, and their individuality. We seek to celebrate the joy, the love, and the creativity that emanate from the human spirit. We strive to be responsible and contributing members of our families, our school community, and the world. The Poly community appreciates the cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity present in the Pasadena area and strives to reflect it. Members of the Poly community appreciate and learn from individual differences, foster the ability to disagree with civility, and embody courtesy and compassion.