La Jolla Country Day School seeks an exceptional 4th grade teacher to join our Lower School team for the 2023-2024 academic year. Our Lower School is a place where we are often reminded of the best aspects of childhood. Lower School is where we lay the foundation for the joy of learning and identity exploration, and our educators play an important role on this journey as leaders and mentors. 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.
The ideal candidate is committed to leading and learning with dignity, and actively engages in 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 expectations include:
Demonstrating the ten essential elements of dignity in daily interactions with all community members;
Researching, designing and implementing curriculum grounded in current best practices;
Differentiating and adapting instructional practices to meet the need of individual learners;
Collaborating with students, parents/guardians, and colleagues through timely and positive cycles of feedback;
Actively participating in the work of the grade level, division, and larger school community to develop and implement curricular and co-curricular offerings;
Continuing a personal commitment to developing and growing one’s own cultural competency;
Collaborating and communicating effectively with colleagues using norms of collaboration and protocols.
Establishes and maintains standards of behavior and organization for classroom to achieve an inclusive and productive learning environment;
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials as part of planned learning experiences to motivate and engage all students based on their varying needs and identities;
Monitors and assesses academic and social/emotional growth, keeps accurate records, prepares progress reports, and communicates with parents/guardians on individual student progress;
Creates, with assistance from students, a functional, flexible and attractive environment for learning through using displays, bulletin boards and learning centers and assumes responsibility for proper care and use of equipment;
Demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning through participation in professional growth opportunities provided by the school and/or self-selected;
Interprets the educational program to parents/guardians 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 assessments and 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.
The candidate must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree is preferred. Prior lead teaching experience at the lower grade levels is expected.
Expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction and manage daily expectations as a team member is also needed. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Google Suite Apps (Google Docs, Slides, Sheets Forms, Jamboard, etc.) and Microsoft Outlook, and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Seesaw, 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.
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.