Posted: Jan 11, 2022
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Lower School Teachers

Westtown School - West Chester, PA
Full-time
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2022
Education

Lower School Teacher

 

Westtown School is searching for two full-time lead Lower School Teachers to begin in late August, 2022. Our Lower School serves students in pre-K through 5th grade. Openings are anticipated in 1st and 2nd grades. Applications are invited from candidates with expertise and interest in teaching grades pre-K to 5th. 

As Westtown strives to fulfill our commitment to becoming an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) school, we are seeking culturally competent educators with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion who are eager to engage in ongoing professional development in these areas. This will be evidenced in their approach to curriculum and pedagogy, their ability to foster and develop inclusive communities, and through their personal and professional interactions with diverse groups of students, families, faculty, and staff.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Teaches core academic subjects in the areas of literacy, math, and thematic studies with a culturally responsive and inclusive lens;
  • Ignites a love of learning through the development and implementation of engaging, inquiry-based curriculum, in partnership with a fellow grade level homeroom teacher;
  • Integrates technology seamlessly into teaching strategies and practices to help students hone the essential human skills of critical thinking, communication, and empathy;
  • Contributes to building and sustaining an inclusive community and a program which reflects diverse cultures and perspectives;
  • Supports students’ social-emotional and identity development;
  • Collaborates with special area teachers and student support team;
  • Writes narrative reports, leads parent/teacher conferences, and maintains home-school connections;
  • Plans and chaperones field trips;
  • Engages in divisional community responsibilities as assigned (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, weekly faculty meetings);
  • Serves on faculty and staff committees;
  • Enthusiastically seeks out and participates in both school-sponsored and self-selected professional development opportunities to grow as an instructional leader and community member;
  • Communicates effectively with all constituents – students, colleagues, administrators, and parents.

 

Opportunities

Westtown is eager to support employees in their personal and professional growth and development. All faculty and staff are encouraged to discuss their developmental needs with their supervisors and the Dean of Faculty and Innovation as they think about their long term growth in the life of the school. The school seeks to help employees stay current in their fields and advance in terms of their professional development through opportunities such as:

  • Affinity groups for faculty and staff that speak to the diversity of identities and experiences
  • Participation in a robust professional development program featuring internal and external facilitators and experts
  • Sponsorship to attend the NAIS People of Color Conference 
  • Partnership in a new faculty orientation and mentorship program
  • Funding for professional organization memberships
  • Sponsorship to attend and present at professional conferences, panels, and forums
  • Financial assistance for employees seeking advanced degrees and coursework to support their professional growth 
  • Sabbatical leave program to support the professional growth and personal renewal of teachers, after completing qualifying years of service  
  • Tuition remission of 80% for two dependent children, upon enrollment 

 

Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree in Education or related Education field; advanced degree preferred 
  • Relevant classroom teaching experience required
  • Demonstrated passion and joy for working with Lower School students
  • Knowledge of child development and a commitment to social-emotional learning, differentiated instruction, and  inquiry- and project-based teaching
  • Strong collaboration and oral and written communication skills best teaching practices
  • A demonstrated commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;
  • A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and the ability to connect meaningfully with students throughout our diverse community;
  • Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values.

Westtown School is an independent, Quaker co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world. 

 

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect for all. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions. 

 

We strive towards every student, faculty, and staff member feeling a sense of belonging at Westtown and strongly encourage applications from educators of color, LGBTQ+ educators, and educators from communities that are historically underrepresented in independent schools. 

 

Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and educational philosophy, including an outline of your professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select “Show All Job Openings”.