Lead Classroom Teacher

  • Courage Schools, Inc.
  • Sandy Springs, GA, USA
  • Jan 31, 2024
Full time Teacher

Job Description

Courage Schools, Inc. seeks a culturally competent and culturally responsive Lead Classroom Teacher who has a passion for working with children and is always seeking new ways to meet the needs of their students.  The Lead Classroom Teacher is responsible for leading work and activities inside and outside of the classroom and directing the duties of the Co-Teachers and/or Associate Teachers in helping to manage the classroom.  All teachers are expected to maintain strict confidentiality regarding students, parents, staff, and School issues.  All employees are expected to support the mission and value statements of Courage and contribute to the overall life of the School.

This is a full-time position (Monday through Friday; 7:30 am - 4:00 pm) with benefits.  Salary is dependent upon education, training, and experience and is commensurate with other independent schools in the area.

Essential Functions

  • Collaboratively plan lessons in all subject areas including language arts, math, science, and social studies and with staff as necessary to do so effectively

  • Work in collaboration with support personnel (Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and STEAM teacher)

  • Differentiate by administering formative assessments that inform lesson planning so that each child’s needs are being met 

  • Provide timely and consistent feedback to parents regarding student progress

  • Develop relationships with students that support a restorative practices approach to classroom management

  • Lead students to classrooms and back to homeroom after class as needed

  • Direct Co-Teachers and/or Associate Teachers in assisting, instructing, and encourages individual students as necessary

  • Lead students on School field trips

  • Attend all grade-level, departmental and required School meetings, as well as organize and attend Parent Night.

  • Adheres to all School policies, including safety and emergency procedures.

  • Provides timely feedback to outside practitioners who are working with the student and family.

Competencies

  • Working with and teaching students with language-based learning differences

  • Displaying empathy when interfacing students and engaging with parents

  • Maintaining effective relationships with parents, faculty and staff

  • Maintaining confidentiality

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills

  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively with and direct Co-Teachers and/or Associate Teachers in managing student engagement and the flow of classroom activities.

  • The courage to take risks, learn, persevere, be yourself, and celebrate others

  • Loving, encouraging, and connecting with your students

  • Displaying a collaborative spirit and a commitment to collaborative teaching

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Unwavering commitment to the education of your students

  • Comforting communication style when engaging parents while discussing the students’ performance.

  • Loves working with elementary-aged children with learning differences

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.

  • Training in structured literacy (e.g. Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Lindamood-Bell, etc.)

Experience

  • 5 years of experience working with Elementary or Middle School-aged children with learning differences; specifically grades K-7

  • Intermediate-level of experience with and commitment to collaborative teaching

  • Proficiency with multiple technologies, such as:  MS Office, Internet, Google, Email.

Physical Requirements

  • Vision: (which may be corrected) to read small print; view a computer screen for prolonged periods. 

  • Hearing: (which may be corrected) to answer telephones and tolerate exposure to noisy conditions. 

  • Speech: to be understood in face-to-face communications; to speak with a level of proficiency and volume to be understood over a telephone. 

  • Upper Body Mobility: use hands and fingers to feel, grasp, and manipulate small objects; manipulate fingers, twist and bend at wrist and elbow; extend arms to reach outward and upward; use hands and arms to lift objects; turn, raise, and lower head. 

  • Strength: to lift, push, pull and/or carry objects which weigh as much as 5 or more pounds on a frequent basis. Incumbent may be required to physically restrain parties involved in a conflict. 

  • Environmental Requirements: encounter constant work interruptions; work cooperatively with others; work independently; work indoors. 

  • Mental Requirements: read, write, understand, interpret and apply information at a moderately complex level essential for successful job performance; math skills at a high school proficiency level; judgment and the ability to process information quickly; learn quickly and follow verbal procedures and standards; give verbal instruction; rank tasks in order of importance; copy, compare, compile and coordinate information and records. 

In compliance with ADA requirements, we will make reasonable accommodations for the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant or employee.

Additional Responsibilities

The statements in this job description are intended to represent the key duties, essential nature, and level of work being performed. They are not intended to include all responsibilities or qualifications of the job.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and a list of three professional references including at least one current/recent manager to [email protected].  No phone calls, please.

ABOUT COURAGE

Founded in 2021, Courage Schools, Inc. is an independent, coeducational day school in Sandy Springs, Georgia.  Courage is committed to educating students in Kindergarten through 7th grade with language-based learning differences.  The goal of Courage Schools, Inc. is to enrich the inherent gifts our students bring to the classroom while supporting their language development through a multisensory approach. 

Courage Schools admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin and extends to them the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  Courage does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.  These inclusions are further extended to all persons regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  For more information about Courage, please visit our website at http://www.courageschools.org/.