As a member of the Lower School Division, specialist teachers are responsible for teaching students in their specified grade levels. Specifically, the science teacher teaches introductory science lessons based on objectives for developmentally appropriate units of study. Additionally, all teachers support the social, emotional and character development of each student in his/her classes.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Teach our lower school science curriculum to students in grades JK-3
Update and create curriculum in conjunction with current science standards and lower school division goals
Create opportunities for students to see themselves as scientific learners
Collaborate with the science department teachers to establish continuity with the curriculum and primary grade level experiences
Collaborate with the Department Chair, Learning Coach, and Lower School Classroom Teachers in order to establish meaningful connections for learning
Work with students on an individual basis outside of regularly scheduled class times (as needed)
Provide regular feedback (written and verbal) to students and parents
Prepare progress reports and conduct conferences for students and parents each semester
Prepare quarterly newsletters to communicate units of study with families
Maintaining an organized classroom environment and scientific equipment
Attend faculty, divisional, and in-service meetings as scheduled
Support the mission of the school through teaching, advising, and participating as a member of the faculty
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Supervise before school, recess, lunch, and dismissal activities
Provide support for and chaperone lower school functions (socials, etc.)
Attend school related functions, when appropriate, in support of students
Attend professional development opportunities
Model life-long learning through personal and professional growth
Serve as an ambassador for the school at Open Houses and other admissions or public relations activities
Minimum of 2-5 years teaching experience and science background is preferred
Demonstrated passion for working with children and an understanding of the developmental needs of the age group
Highly skilled teacher with effective pedagogical and classroom management techniques
Effective written and oral communicator
Commitment to the success of every student
Proven collaborator and team member
Innovative and optimistic thinker
Life-long learner with a growth mindset
Interested candidates should submit a Letter of Interest, a Statement of Educational Philosophy, College Transcript, three References, and a Resume/CV via email to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About Columbia Independent School
Columbia Independent School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school of 350 students in junior kindergarten through grade twelve, located in mid-Missouri near the University of Missouri, Stephens College, and Columbia College. Founded in 1998, CIS seeks to foster superior academic, artistic, athletic, and social growth for each of its students. Students come from a variety of socio-economic, religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds from Columbia and the surrounding area, as well as foreign countries such as China, Germany, Republic of Georgia, and South Korea. Columbia Independent School is a member of National Association of Independent Schools, ISACS, National Association for College Admission Counseling, The College Board, Educational Records Bureau, and National Honor Society.
Columbia Independent School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.