About Southshire Community School:
Southshire Community School is a Vermont-approved, progressive, family-oriented elementary school (K-8). Founded in 1987, Southshire focuses on the individual as a learner; teaching the importance of leadership, personal responsibility and good citizenship.
Southshire strives to help children become individuals who possess academic and critical thinking skills, a love of learning and a strong interest in becoming creative, contributing members of our community.
The Southshire culture – where children of all ages come together to learn, explore and share their individual interests in a safe, nurturing environment – encourages students to respect each other’s thoughts, opinions and interests.
Visit www.southshire.org for more information or call 802-442-4601.
About the Position:
This is a full-time, permanent position.
Candidate must have a college degree or equivalent. An educational focus is preferred.
Classroom experience required.
Candidate must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license.
Salary commensurate with experience
Summary of Responsibilities:
The individual in this position understands and promotes the Southshire Community School’s mission, vision, objectives, and policies both within and outside the immediate school community.
The Teacher is responsible for upholding the child-centered approach that supports the individual needs of the children in accordance with the school’s mission and vision.
Must be comfortable with working with children of varied ages, skills and developmental levels and empowering their independent voices, interests, and strengths.
While this individual will work closely with the Head of the School and other teaching staff, they will need to think and act independently to create learning experiences that support the needs of individual students and the school’s overall mission.
– Maintaining an on-going dialogue with other teachers and coordinating curriculum integration and implementation including participation in weekly staff planning meetings.
– Creating and implementing thematic curriculum units that emerge from and develop the interests and skills of students.
– Providing instruction in reading, writing, math, and science appropriate to individual student skill levels and approach to learning.
– Leading productive class discussions to better understand the interests of students at different age levels.
– Actively observing students activities, play, and work products so as to gain insight into student development and learning progress.
– Reading aloud daily to the group of students for whom the Teacher is directly responsible. This requires the thoughtful selection of material appropriate for the group.
– Creating thoughtful displays of student work and refreshing them regularly.
– Using various assessment tools/strategies such as observations, children’s work samples, continuums of development, portfolios, etc. to help make instructional decisions for individual students.
– Administrative responsibilities include:
– maintaining weekly records
– preparing extensive narrative parent reports twice a year
– conferencing with parents on a scheduled basis or as requested
– meeting weekly with Head of School to review records, group themes, curriculum, and other matters
– participating in weekly staff development activities including weekly review of children, review of issues, etc.
– Establishing a positive relationship with parents of the students and maintaining regular communication that supports an understanding of the school’s program, develops positive relationships within the school community, and protects the privacy and confidentiality of each student and family in the school community.
– Participating in school events including all-school meetings, open houses, annual plays, end of year events, etc.
A flexible, open approach is essential to this individual’s success as is a creative spirit and ability to think out-of-the-box.