Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Type: Full Time
Salary: Based on experience
Lower School Teacher Position
The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge seeks a caring and innovative Lower School Teacher for the 2023-2024 academic year to work with first-grade students. Episcopal’s Lower School is a community of teachers who embrace the whole-child educational philosophy and who help students develop a deeper understanding of the world around them, academic skills, development of physical, social, and emotional skills, and an understanding of their responsibility to their community through a variety of instructional methods. This position is a ten-month full-time position with an annual renewal beginning in August 2023.
Description of School
Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, a college preparatory educational community of approximately 950 students and approximately 170 professionals, includes grades PreK-3 through 12 that embraces the whole-child educational philosophy. As an Episcopal school, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge was created to be a diverse institution of educational and human development for all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability, or religion. We are created to “strive for justice and peace among all people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being.” Episcopal is known for its academic performance, for its attention to the spiritual lives of its students, and for offering a wide range of opportunities for student education and development. Opportunities to excel in academics, arts, athletics, service, and community leadership characterize the school’s program.
- Teach first-grade classes; develop and lead effective, creative, and developmentally appropriate lessons that are student-centered, meet students where they are, and incorporate a variety of instructional methods, including project-based learning.
- Work collaboratively with other teachers within the same grade level to plan and implement lessons and with administrators and Lower School faculty to ensure proper vertical alignment of content and skills.
- Evaluate student learning through a variety of assessments and communicate student progress to administrators, students, and families.
- Attend scheduled faculty/division/department meetings.
- Participate in professional development.
- Perform additional faculty duties assigned, including, but not limited to, supervising students during carpool, lunch, recess, and so forth.
Our School Mission
As a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge nurtures and develops the whole child -- spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and artistically -- through challenging academic and co-curricular programs which prepare our graduates for college and for purposeful lives.
Our Episcopal Identity
Episcopal schools are Christian communities whose missions integrate spiritual formation into all aspects of the educational experience in a graceful and inclusive way. Even the most diverse of Episcopal schools are created to be communities that honor, celebrate and worship God as the center of life. We are created to be models of God’s love and grace. We are created to serve God in Christ in all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability, or religion. We are created to “strive for justice and peace among all people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being.”
Episcopal schools have been established, however, not solely as communities for Christians, like a parish church, but as diverse institutions of educational and human development for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Episcopal schools are populated by a rich variety of human beings, from increasingly diverse religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. By weaving the principles of meaningful school worship, rich community life, foundational religious education, and striving for social justice into the very fabric of the school’s overall life, Episcopal schools ensure that we challenge all who attend our schools to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose, and service in the world they will inherit.
Episcopal will offer a competitive salary and good benefits for this position. Digital applications are preferred and welcomed at https://www.episcopalbr.org/discover-episcopal/careers or can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include an employment application, cover letter, resume, and copy of transcripts. Application materials can also be sent to Attn: Employment, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, 3200 Woodland Ridge Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
Episcopal School of Baton Rouge is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment upon any basis, including race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or military service.
Personal and Professional Characteristics and Experiences
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and/or certification in Elementary Education is required.
- Appreciation for and understanding of the developmental characteristics of this age group.
- Understands the importance of nurturing social-emotional development in young children.
- Creativity in lesson design that balances content, skill, and student self-direction through the use of a variety of instructional methods including project-based learning.
- Experience with Singapore Math, Reading and Writing Workshop, and project-based learning is preferred.
- Collaborative spirit when working with colleagues within the same grade level and across grade levels.
- Excellent classroom management skills that promote a positive classroom environment. Familiarity with Responsive Classroom is a plus.
- An ability to communicate clearly and with appropriate empathy to students, parents, and colleagues
- Strong organizational skills, ability to juggle many responsibilities, and adaptability to change.
- Familiarity with technology or ability and desire to learn about technology for lesson design, lesson implementation, and recording student progress.
- Embraces the whole-child educational philosophy and puts students first.