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1st Grade Teacher

August 6, 2024 - June 3, 2025

At Vail Mountain School, a Lower School Teacher is responsible for carrying out the mission of VMS through curriculum development, classroom teaching, assessment, differentiation, classroom management, outdoor education, character development and building rapport with students in and out of the classroom. Our teachers understand that knowing their students is a prerequisite to becoming a great teacher. 

Housing is available for this position! To apply email resume and cover letter to [email protected]

 Who You Are:
  • A “raise your hand” type of person. You’re interested in participating in school events like  after school academy, field trips, sitting at lunch tables, assisting with carpool, hut trips, and Ski Fridays. You are ready to participate fully in the life of the school.

  • Willing to provide general supervision of students

  • Able to communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents, colleagues, and volunteers

  • Ready to attend related meetings and assist with afternoon/evening programs; some of which may occur outside of the school day

  • Actively promoting the mission of the school

  • Deeply knowledgeable in all subject areas (math, writing, reading, science/social studies); displaying dedication, passion, inspiration, the ability to individualize learning, and the capacity to help all students succeed. 

  • Committed to pursuing professional development and are life-long learners. 

  • You hold a Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; advanced degree preferred

  • You have been trained in Orton-Gillingham and Responsive Classroom 

    • If you are not trained, you are willing and eager to earn these certifications in your first year!

  • You have an understanding of differentiated instruction to meet the needs of your students

  • You have three or more years in teaching elementary-aged students

  • Proficiency in designing effective lessons, teaching diverse learning styles, and managing elementary school-age students

  • You are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and their integration into our school. You consider yourself culturally competent and so do your co-workers. 

What You Will Do:

  • Teach Lower School curriculum, develop lesson plans, and map curriculum within the lower school

  • Plan curriculum and teach in your classroom, including relevant and differentiated instruction and assessments

  • Collaborate with all colleagues to provide the best possible experience for our students and community members. 

  • Provide general supervision of students at all times in the building (including lunch and recess)

  • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents and colleagues

  • Participate in orientation, field trips, student activities, and Ski Days

  • Demonstrate knowledge of students and how they learn, and implement new teaching models to match student needs

  • Participate in peer review through observation and coaching following the VMS professional growth plan 

  • Advocate for and ensure that diversity, inclusion, and social justice permeates the school's programs and drives its culture.