King School is a PreK-12 independent, college preparatory day school located in Stamford that serves the diverse families of Fairfield and Westchester counties. King Schoolseeks more than achievement for our students. We open minds and spark courageous thinking. Everyday, our students discover and forge their unique paths to excellence as we teach, guide, and cheer them on. Because when we set better standards for both the experience and outcomes of education, students cultivate the insights and heart to own their future.
At King, we seek to employ our faculty and staff who love working with children, have passion for and expertise in their subject matter, exhibit a growth mindset, embrace the multidimensional roles we each play, and prioritize the learning process for students, faculty and staff.
King School teachers understand that true learning is nurtured through authentic and meaningful student-teacher partnerships. When students are known both as learners and as people by their teachers, students become better self-advocates and more responsible for their own emotional and academic well-being.
We expect our teachers to consistently incorporate student-centered best practices. We constantly seek ways to deepen our understanding of the dynamic relationship between the learning and teaching processes. When students have the chance to apply their learning in tangible ways, they are able to experience concepts more fully, synthesize disparate disciplines, and reach deeper understanding. Lower school students at King explore activities like role-play, visualizations, model building, and fun experiments. Hands-on learning for middle and upper school students include fieldwork, collaboration to solve real community challenges, and other projects that bring knowledge to life.
Diversity is foundational to academic and professional excellence, and therefore is a core value at King. We think, learn, and work more deeply due to the many facets of diversity in our community, including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, age, ability, and learning style. We leverage cultural differences and intellectual diversity to create an inclusive and vibrant learning community, endeavoring for each person to feel seen, heard, valued, and respected.
Job Title: Lower School Grade 1 Lead Teacher
Division: Lower School
Reports to: Head of Lower School
Job Description: King School seeks a full-time Lower School Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher who will report to the Head of Lower School. This teacher will assume duties and responsibilities, consistent with expectations for Lower School classroom teachers.
Primary responsibilitiesinclude, but are not limited to:
Teach all academic areas of a Grade 1 class, including language arts, social studies, and mathematics, in small and large group lessons, as well as individual instruction.
Effectively teach Fundations, Readers and Writers Workshop Model, as well as Investigations mathematics program.
Design a grade 1 classroom space that builds on the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Reggio-inspired emergent curriculum, materials and resources.
Plan emergent curriculum with team members, including coordination with Director of Teaching and Learning and Lower School Head.
Use the Project-based learning Approach to develop integrated curriculum that builds cognitive and social/emotional skills.
Regularly assess students and develop lessons that align with the student interests, integrating the arts, science, and other traditionally-academic areas.
Provide academic and emotional support to students.
Utilize Responsive Classroom methods, including daily Morning Meetings and classroom management strategies.
Model fairness and proper behavior.
As a member of a teaching team, meet regularly, share resources, collaborate effectively.
Regularly assess students and develop lessons that align with the student assessments.
Be knowledgeable of the information in each student’s Digital Learning Profile.
Use appropriate technology to enhance instruction and communication, including the MyKing portal for report writing and sharing information with parents weekly.
Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development.
Perform duties as assigned by the Head of Lower School, including recess, lunch, and dismissal.
Attend Lower School and all-school faculty meetings, as well as workshops on professional growth and development days held after 3:00 P.M.
Attend Parents’ Night in September/October, Open House etc.
Work in collaboration with the Admission Office in screening applicants.
Participate in King’s orientation and mentor programs.
Skills and Requirements:
Masters Degree, Elementary Education preferred.
Knowledge and experience with Reggio-inspired curriculum and The Project Approach (Katz).
3 to 5 years of experience in a lead teacher position teaching elementary school aged students preferred.
Knowledge of Fundations or Orton Gillingham phonics program.
A strong affinity for young children, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
Knowledge of academic and social developmental benchmarks.
Excellent communication skills and ability to constructively collaborate with colleagues and parents.
Must embrace use of technology to enhance classroom instruction and communication.
Demonstrated capacity in cross-cultural competence-- ability to effectively teach, learn, and engage in a multicultural environment with a diverse student body--in pedagogical practice and curriculum content.
Demonstrated capacity to thrive in our diverse community, including but not limited to diversity in race, ethnicity, gender identity, socio-economic status, ability/disability, belief, sexual orientation, and national origin.
Demonstrated practices that align with King’s Mission, Virtues, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion principles.
King goes beyond just stating that we are Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to intentionally hire a diverse pool of world-class employees to enrich the educational experience of students. King seeks candidates committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment where varied identities are valued and respected.
About King School
King is an independent, college preparatory day school serving students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. We are a diverse, vibrant learning community dedicated to educational excellence and the fullest academic and personal achievement of our students.