Lower School teacher

Position: Lower School teacher (full-time)
Reporting to the director of the Lower School, the successful candidate will take a student-centered approach to all school work and will use the school’s mission to design and support the academic, extracurricular, social, and emotional success of students. Applicants should be well grounded in educational theory, particularly in the area of balanced literacy and mathematics. In addition, the applicant should be able to understand and apply a variety of classroom instructional strategies in order to help students develop a sense of curiosity about the world.

As a member of the Lower School faculty, the teacher’s primary responsibilities include teaching and managing a self-contained classroom and communicating with parents, colleagues, and administrators. The teacher is responsible, with colleagues and the Lower School director, for the development and implementation of the instructional program in the areas of language arts, mathematics, and social studies.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Teaching students in a self-contained classroom;
  • Preparation of classroom materials including lesson plans, and assessments;
  • Planning, preparation, and implementation of lessons;
  • Administration and evaluation of class work, assignments, and assessments;
  • Planning, evaluation, and revision of curricula, lesson content, lesson materials, and methods of instruction;
  • Regular participation in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter;
  • Providing assistance and advice to students during free periods and before and after school;
  • Collaboration with members of the Lower School faculty, staff, and the entire K-12 community;
  • Serving as a Panther Pod (advisory) leader;
  • Enthusiastic participation in the greater life of the school;
  • Interest in fostering diversity, inclusion, and social justice to promote a healthy learning environment;
  • Willingness to take on other duties as needed.
About Polytechnic School
An independent, coeducational college-preparatory school in Pasadena, Calif., Polytechnic School offers a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1907, the school enrolls approximately 860 students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.

The mission of Polytechnic School is to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence that values the uniqueness and dignity of each member and fosters personal responsibility and service to others. We are committed to honesty, justice, charity, and the pursuit of knowledge. We respect the dignity and worth of all human beings — their thoughts, their feelings, and their individuality. We seek to celebrate the joy, the love, and the creativity that emanate from the human spirit. We strive to be responsible and contributing members of our families, our school community, and the world. The Poly community appreciates the cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity present in the Pasadena area and strives to reflect it. Members of the Poly community appreciate and learn from individual differences, foster the ability to disagree with civility, and embody courtesy and compassion.

  • Bachelor’s degree/advanced degree in education and a minimum of three years of teaching at the upper elementary level preferred;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of curriculum and instruction within the area of education for elementary grades;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and methodically with students, faculty, staff, and parents on a regular basis;
  • Ability to use effective classroom management techniques;
  • Commitment to developmental education, differentiated instruction, interdisciplinary teaching, and community service.
The physical requirements of this position are those needed to successfully fulfill the job duties and responsibilities articulated above. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Physical requirements and work environment
  • Work in an environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines, as well as a diverse array of contacts;
  • Work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time;
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds;
  • Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled office environment.
Polytechnic School is committed to attracting and retaining talented, dedicated employees through a competitive compensation plan that is commensurate with experience.

A full benefits package includes medical, dental and vision coverage, and a retirement plan.

Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to Cheryl Flores via email at cflores@polytechnic.org or via mail at Polytechnic School, c/o Cheryl Flores, 1030 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106.

Equal Opportunity Employer
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, Poly will recruit, hire, train, and promote faculty and staff without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition and physical or mental disability (whether perceived or actual), or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. School policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.
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Pasadena, CA 91106 | Phone 626.396.6300 | Fax 626.796.2249
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