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Pre-Kindergarten Instructor (Full time)

September 11, 2020 - September 28, 2020

Aspen Academy prepares students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from outstanding high schools.  Aspen Academy is committed to providing an intentionally diverse student body an outstanding liberal arts education with a focus on leadership, character development, and service learning. 

Teachers hold primary responsibility for the implementation and development of Aspen Academy’s curriculum and success of its students.  Teachers play an integral role as leaders in the school community.

Overview

  • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school
  • To model the school’s core values with colleagues, students, parents, and larger community 
  • To reinforce the school’s core values, guiding philosophy, rules, and school spirit consistently throughout the school environment and support and hold accountable colleagues in doing the same.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

Classroom Teaching

  • Teach assigned classes in the specified subject area and elective courses.
  • Exhibit mastery and enthusiasm for the assigned academic subjects and classes.
  • Plan and implement an appropriately focused and balanced curriculum for each student which adhere to the school's curriculum and standards.
  • Prepare and develop activities, materials and lessons to meet the learning objectives (skills and content) of the curriculum and standards.
  • Develop and maintain a well-managed classroom where 100% of the students are engaged, consistently challenged, and supported.  Classroom policies should be consistent with school policies.
  • Integrate technology into daily classroom teaching and student learning.
  • Decorate classrooms appropriately and to keep it clean, neat and presentable.
  • Engage families in their children's education and to communicate regularly and effectively with students and families.
  • Effectively utilize best practices in Teaching with Love & Logic, Inquiry Based Learning, Readers & Writers Workshop.
  • Teach daily Leadership Class via FutureHolders comprehensive and sequenced leadership curriculum.

Curriculum and Assessment

  • To assist in the on-going development of the school’s curriculum and core performance standards.
  • Annually: Submit a Unit Pacing Plan to your Director
  • Monthly (approximately): Submit Unit Study Plans and Self-Assessment Rubric to Director for each unit taught and post the unit to LMS. Update class portfolio and submit to Director monthly.
  • Weekly: Update all LMS aspects: Homework, Class Announcements, Pictures, Gradebook, etc. by every Monday at noon.
  • Implement a variety of assessments that measure progress towards academic standards.
  • Use assessment data to refine curriculum and instructional practices to help meet the school's performance standards and expectations.
  • Provide a written Personal Instruction Profile and report cards two times a year for each child.
  • Inform the director of significant academic, behavioral, or personal difficulties that arises with students.
  • Appropriately prepare students for testing and implement the school’s internal and external assessment program.

School Life

  • Reinforce the school’s core values and policies inside and outside the classroom.
  • Fulfill assigned monitoring duties (i.e., recess, lunch duty, etc.)
  • Lead and/or participate in assemblies, student events, and school events.
  • Plan, prepare and lead a before or after school enrichment activity for Aspen Academy Students (club, athletic activity, etc.)
  • Promote and maintain a supportive and positive relationship with all students and families you serve.

Professional Development

  • To devote the necessary time and energy required to master the craft of teaching. 
  • To demonstrate initiative and evidence personal initiative with regard to your professional development.
  • To be open to and enthusiastically involved in innovative approaches to teaching, feedback from colleagues and school administration.
  • To actively participate in the school’s professional development programs.

Other Professional Responsibilities

  • To participate actively in the school’s faculty meetings, team meetings, department meetings and professional learning communities.
  • To arrive at school by 8:00am for the morning planning and stay until 4:00pm or until daily responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • To be punctual to all professional obligations
  • To conduct oneself and dress in a professional manner.
  • To complete all other responsibilities deemed appropriate by the Head of School and/or Director to help the school achieve its goals.
  • Manage budgeted dollars allocated to classroom expenditures via a Visa purchase card.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred  
  • Group Leader/Early Childhood Teacher Qualified is a must  
  • Early Childhood Education Director or Assistant Director certification is preferred  
  • 3+ years of experience as a pre-kindergarten/early ed teacher  
  • Demonstrate competence with individualized and differentiated instruction  
  • Possess excellent organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills  
  • Ability to demonstrate proficient use of personal computer and educational technology  
  • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school  
  • Model the school’s Core Values with colleagues, students, parents, and larger community  
  • Reinforce the school’s Core values, guiding philosophy, rules, and school spirit consistently throughout the school environment and support and hold accountable colleagues in doing the same.  
  • Grant permission for a credit check and criminal background check

To apply, please visit https://www.aspenacademy.org/about/careers.