CIS is a college-preparatory, independent school with a rich history of whole-child education and an emphasis on global perspectives. The focus of the curriculum is to provide an individualized educational experience for each student and to foster the pursuit of excellence and joy in learning and living. Class sizes are intentionally small to facilitate high quality teaching and mentorship.
As a member of the Lower School Division, Junior Kindergarten teachers are to educate, care for, and inspire the young minds. Using a variety of teaching methods, including artistic expression, educational play, and storytelling, you will teach children to identify shapes, colors, numbers, and letters, while providing them with foundational life skills and preparing them for the next stage of formal education. Additionally, teachers will support the social, emotional, and character development of each student in his/her class.
CIS is a growing school of 420, JK-12, located in a mid-sized city halfway between the major metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City. Columbia is home to the flagship University of Missouri, and so offers all the amenities of a college town—and a populace that values education, cultural opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and collegiate athletics. Outdoor opportunities abound in the area.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Teach our lower school curriculum to students in Junior Kindergarten
Update and create curriculum in conjunction with grade level partner and lower school division goals
Create opportunities for students to understand themselves and others as both individuals and members of a larger community
Collaborate with your grade level partner to establish continuity with the curriculum and primary grade level experiences
Provide regular, weekly feedback (written and verbal) to students and parents
Prepare progress reports and conduct conferences for students and parents each semester
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
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
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Minimum of 2-5 years teaching experience is preferred
Demonstrated passion for working with preschool age children and an understanding of the developmental needs of the age group
Highly skilled teacher with effective pedagogical and classroom management techniques (include any experience with Responsive Classroom)
Include any experience teaching Mathematics and Fundations Program
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
How to Apply
Interested candidates for the 2024-2025 school year should submit the following to email@example.com: Letter of Interest, Statement of Educational Philosophy, and Resumé/CV.
Columbia Independent School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school of 378 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. 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.