Department/Location: Lower School Faculty, St. Louis
Organizational Relationship: Reports to Lower School Principal
Summary: Plans and teaches reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies lessons within a multi-level learning environment using an inquiry-based approach; implements a workshop approach to scaffold learning and teach for deep understanding. Full-time, school-year position.
Work Performed: Essential Duties*
Displays a strong interest and love for working with elementary-age students
Plans and delivers engaging, developmentally appropriate lessons in reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies in accordance with Principia’s curriculum; differentiates instruction
Effectively integrates 21st century skills into the classroom helping students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication skills
Uses formative and summative assessments to effectively inform instruction
Demonstrated ability to use a variety of technology tools to enhance curriculum and student learning (e.g. iPad, laptop, digital camera, digital projector, etc.)
Able to work with a wide range of students – helping them feel successful and to understand their unlimited potential
Handles discipline situations in an effective manner that supports character growth
Pursues professional development and looks to apply best practices in the classroom; becomes part of a professional learning community where teachers are continually improving teaching and learning
Actively participates in various committee meetings and faculty and parent meetings
Actively collaborates with colleagues across levels and departments to support the implementation of school-wide initiatives
Recognizes that spiritually-based character education is as important as the subject matter being taught
Other duties as assigned
Candidates’ overall outlook and approach to life and learning are just as important to us as appropriate qualifications and experience. Principia School seeks individuals who are . . .
Positive: We appreciate team members who are optimistic, positive, and focused on elevating and bringing out the very best in themselves and others. We are a CliftonStrengths-based organization; faculty and staff are expected to understand teammates’ strengths and how they can complement each other.
Team players: The ability to collaborate and partner with peers and senior administrators is critical. The School has a strong team-centered leadership approach. Staff are expected to be able to listen, give and receive feedback, and be comfortable exchanging ideas and speaking candidly in a professional and collegial manner. They must bring a constructive outlook to partnering with a wide range of stakeholders—administrators, faculty, coaches, houseparents, marketers, and fundraisers, among others.
Innovators:Given our fast-moving, ever-changing world, all School employees are expected to demonstrate a problem-solving mindset that helps our team come up with creative solutions to challenging issues. The School emphasizes continual improvement and expects staff to have a mentality of self-improvement and organizational excellence.
Strategic thinkers:We prize the ability to consider complex topics from multiple perspectives and offer innovative solutions
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Oral and Written Communication
Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; display positivity and flexibility in responding to new situations and expectations
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.
The Principia shall seek to serve the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution (Policy 1).
Principia is a Christian Science community of practice. Through transformative opportunities, a challenging curriculum, and character education based on the teachings of Christian Science, we examine, test, and strengthen our faith while developing the skills and understanding requisite for excellence. As global, outward-looking, inspired learners, we serve and better the world.
Principia’s values, listed below, are grounded in the teachings of Christian Science:
Teaching and learning
Thinking and acting from the basis of Principle, Love
Unfoldment of character
Individual and collective excellence
Citizenship and service
Innovation and continuous improvement
Bachelor’s degree in education (elementary degree/certification preferred); Master’s degree preferred (in Education or a related field)
Teaching certification preferred (required within two years of hire date)
Demonstrate support of Principia’s mission and philosophy by promoting a positive image of the school at all times
*The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed, but are not to be seen as a complete list of responsibilities and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.