Biology Teacher

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Position Title:         Science Teacher 
Classification:        REA 
Reports To:             Building Principal 
Position Goal:        To develop in each student an awareness of the role of science in economic and social progress; to motivate each student to acquire knowledge of scientific facts and principles, and skills in scientific methods of problem solving; to discover and develop special talents of students in scientific fields. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Other duties may be assigned.

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following fundamental duties: 
  1. Teaches skills, knowledge, and scientific attitudes through courses in general science, earth sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, physiology, or science problems to secondary students, utilizing course of study adopted by the Board of Education and other appropriate learning activities.
  2. Instructs students in citizenship and basic subject matter specified in state law and administrative regulations and procedures of the school district.
  3. Plans a science program involving demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and student experiments; organizes laboratory activities for optimal learning.
  4. Demonstrates scientific concepts by use of scientific apparatus, experiments, and standard or teacher-prepared charts, sketches, and other instructional aids.
  5. Provides individual or small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students and to accommodate circumstances where a variety of projects and experiments are being worked on simultaneously.
  6. Instructs in proper use, care, and safe handling of chemicals, science equipment, and plant and animal life.
  7. Provides for safe storage and proper use of materials, equipment and tools.  Makes minor adjustments and requests repairs to equipment as required.
  8. Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior for a productive learning environment during class sessions, laboratory sessions, and field trips.
  9. Evaluates each student’s growth and knowledge, skills, and scientific attitudes in course being taught.
  10. Selects and requests books, instructional aids, science equipment, chemicals, and supplies and maintains inventory records as required.
  11. Maintains professional competence through in service education activities provided by the District and self-selected professional growth activities.
  12. Identifies students’ needs, and cooperates with other professional staff members in helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
  13. Participates in curriculum and other developmental programs.
  14. Assists students in selection and development of individual research projects.
  15. Cooperates with school administration in providing science displays and programs for the school and community, and in sponsoring science activities.
  16. Communicates with parents and school counselors on student progress.
  17. Supervises student in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned work day.
  18. Participates in faculty committees and sponsorship of student activities.
  19. Participates cooperatively with the principal or his designee to develop the method by which the teacher will be evaluated in conformance with district guidelines.
  20. Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or his/her designee.  This job description does not constitute an exhaustive list of responsibilities and management may revise it at any time.
Ability to travel to more than one work location in the course of the as assigned.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Bachelors or Masters Degree
 Pennsylvania Instructional Teaching Certificate 


  1. Ability to speak clearly and distinctly.
  2. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  3. Ability to speak effectively with other employees, students and parents.
  1. Ability to apply basic arithmetic calculations.
  2. Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  3. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  4. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions for practical situations.
  5. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  1. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  2. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral or schedule form.
  1. Ability to coordinate activities with related and specialist staff.
  2. Ability to develop and maintain required records and reports.
  3. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, parents and the community.
  4. Good knowledge of procedures, practices, materials, and equipment required to provide appropriate learning experiences for students to whom assigned.
  5. Ability to work as a member of a team.
  6. Must be courteous and able to deal effectively with people.
  7. Must be cooperative, congenial and service-oriented.
  8. Ability to maintain personal self-control in stressful situations.
  9. Ability to operate a personal computer and software.
  10. Ability to travel to more than one work location in the course of the day as assigned.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and sit.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  Some driving is necessary; light lifting – up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.  Occasionally, yet essential to this position, the individual must meet deadlines with severe time constraints. 
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet but may be moderate to loud at times.  The employee is frequently required to interact with the parents, public and staff during and after the normal workday.  The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and exhibit good human relation skills including courtesy, tact and patience.  
EVALUATION:  The employee will be formally supervised and evaluated with regard to his/her duties on a regular basis by the Building Principal.    
The position holder must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.  It is the responsibility of the employee to inform the school district administrator designated as immediate supervisor of the position, of any and all reasonable accommodations that will be required.  The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.
The Reading School District is an equal opportunity employment, educational and service organization.

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Reading School District

801 N. 13th Street , Reading, PA 19604

At the following locations

Reading High School

801 N. 13th Street , Reading, PA 19604

Compare with State

Amount per Student


State Average: $16,365

% ELL Students


State Average: 3%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 14.21

% IEP Students


State Average: 18%



State Average: 302