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Teacher Position Available: Long Term Elementary Substitute Teacher

Mid-year 2019-20

PS1 is a small (225 students), independent, non-profit, non-graded elementary school established in 1971.  We are a pluralistic school; we believe students learn in a wide variety of ways and at differing rates in a school that values diversity.  We offer children a strong academic curriculum made relevant to each child’s life experience.  We seek to develop the whole child, striking a balance between academic and social skills.  PS1 is an equal opportunity employer.

Plan and teach curriculum to children in a non-graded class (about a two-year age range) with a team teacher
Work closely with other faculty and staff
Provide a skill concentration (art, language arts, math, music, science, social studies, etc.) that would be an addition to the faculty’s talent pool and enrich the school
Share supervision of activities outside the classroom and work to generate new projects and direction for the multicultural school community
Provide continuous student assessment, write mid-year and year-end progress reports, and hold teacher-student-parent conferences
Attend weekly faculty meetings and participate actively in curricular issues in an ongoing exchange of information and support with a closely-knit staff

Teaching in a non-graded setting requires much knowledge of child development.  One must be able to adjust curriculum to the cognitive level of each child and provide a wide range of materials for the varying levels of student ability.  To conference successfully with parents in such a school, one must have good communication skills, and a thorough understanding of the curriculum and each student’s circumstances.  A familiarity with many ways of approaching a subject, and a willingness to develop one’s own materials and to learn new ways, are very important.  Other qualities needed are a good sense of humor and organization, flexibility, self-motivation, and confidence.  A PS1 teacher needs to be a team player who exhibits a sense of stewardship in the work setting.

Prior experience in teaching lower elementary school is essential.  A California or other state teaching credential is preferred but is not required.  Experience in non-graded schooling will be given preference.  Excellent stamina, creativity, honesty, a generous heart, and a willingness to seek continuing education in the field are valued qualities.  Salary is dependent upon personal qualifications and experience.

PS1 is a diverse community of students, teachers, and parents committed to balancing tradition and innovation in a dynamic elementary school setting.  We use a multi-faceted approach to help students attain strong academic and interpersonal skills to fulfill their potential as confident members of society.

Please send your resume and a short description of your teaching style and your ideal classroom along with completed application and reference forms (available on our website) to 1225 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or email to or fax to 310-395-1093

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