La Jolla Country Day School’s Lower School is a place where parents are often reminded of the best aspects of their childhood. Lower School is where we lay the foundation for the joy of learning, and our educators play a critical role in that process. The sense of exhilaration present in this age group is something that’s special. Here, children’s natural curiosity and questioning are nurtured alongside a well-balanced educational experience. LJCDS is a teaching and learning environment where proven and progressive educational practices are blended together.
In compliance with national and local health guidance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to adequately create the safest cohort size for our students and educators, La Jolla Country Day School seeks an exceptional individual to join our Lower School team as an educator for the 2020-2021 academic year. In this one-year position, they will work alongside the grade-level team, and larger Lower School team, as a valued colleague and important contributor.
The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
Essential duties will include:
Daily classroom instruction in-person and through a digital learning platform;
Ongoing effective communication and conferences with parents;
Advising and mentoring groups of students;
Conferencing with students and colleagues as required; and
Active participation in the curricular improvement of the division/grade level.
Provides instruction in varying group sizes and individually in the specified subject matter;
Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom;
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials as part of planned learning experiences to motivate pupils;
Evaluates pupil academic and social growth, keeps accurate records, prepares progress reports, and communicates with parents on individual pupil progress;
Creates, with assistance from pupils, a functional and attractive environment for learning through using displays, bulletin boards and learning centers and assumes responsibility for proper care and use of equipment;
Maintains professional competence through participation in in-service education activities provided by the school and/or self-selected professional growth activities;
Completes all reports as required, including student evaluation, orders, program evaluation, and lesson plans;
Interprets the educational program to parents and other community members through personal conferences, meetings, and various media;
Attends faculty meetings, in-service meetings, team meetings, grade level meetings or department meetings as required;
Administers and scores such tests as may be required by the school;
Performs basic attendance accounting as required;
Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day as required;
Shares in sponsorship of student activities and participates in faculty committees;
Performs other duties of an adjunct nature, which are necessary to smooth operation of the school as needed;
Maintains active participation in the work of the grade level on curriculum development, vision and pedagogy; and
Collaborates and communicates effectively with colleagues using norms of collaboration and protocols.
The candidate must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. Prior teaching experience is expected; preference will be given to candidates with experience at independent schools.
Familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction is also needed. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point), and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Google Drive, Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, etc.).
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
To be considered, please submit your current CV/resume, a cover letter detailing your interest and experience for this role, and your educational philosophy statement.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.