20-21 4th Grade Teacher
Are you looking to work at a school where projects are encouraged, out of the box thinking is a must, and students are encourage to be creative and challenged to apply their knowledge? If so, Pinellas Preparatory Academy is for you. We are a 4th-8th grade Charter School in Largo, FL. Learn more about us at www.pinellasprep.org.
We are currently seeking a 4th grade teacher to complement our amazing team. If you are interested in working collaboratively with your team to bring the best education to your students Pinellas Preparatory Academy is for you. The job description is below:
Major Function: Instructional position responsible for the educational leadership of students in a group or class in a 4th-8th grade setting. The educational leader is expected to understand and promote the mission of the school, demonstrate the use of the school’s curriculum, student instruction, and assessment to maximize the educational achievement for all students; work collaboratively to ensure a working and learning climate for all students that is safe, secure and respectful. Implementing strategies to reach the full potential of students through creative lessons and projects is required.
Planning, Preparation, and Instruction: • understands how students learn and provides learning opportunities that support intellectual, social, and personal development of diverse learners. • understands central concepts, tools of inquiry and structure of the discipline(s) taught and makes the subject matter meaningful to students. • seeks resources necessary to achieve classroom and school goals, such as course materials that match the reading level of students. • creates instruction that supports the development of the cognitive, emotional, and social growth of the student. • uses the School Curriculum and current research based instructional practices to develop interdisciplinary units of instruction that meet both the group and individual needs of students. • uses teaching and learning strategies that reflect each student’s culture, learning styles, special needs, and socioeconomic background. • uses appropriate technology in teaching and learning processes. • uses classroom processes that support effective teaching and learning to promote high student achievement, designing lessons to promote all students engaged in continual learning through such strategies as active learning, hands-on application, and teacher-student and student-student conversations about the learning. • promotes independent and collaborative work ethic. • works with students of various abilities assigned to the classroom. • participates in meetings, training, and planning cooperatives to fully meet each child’s needs. • uses various assessment tools / strategies such as observations, continuums of development, portfolios, etc. to help make instructional decisions for individual students. • uses formal and informal assessment strategies to determine whether students have achieved high standards and modifies instructional strategies as needed to maximize achievement. • collects and utilizes data for continual improvement. • teaches lesson as outlined in the provided lesson plans • updates grade book regularly, at least weekly • attends all field trips while ensuring the educational value.
Classroom Environment and Management The teacher: • provides professional leadership to establish a culture conducive to learning and student diversity; involves students in the development of a mission and goals that support the school’s goals. • provides opportunities for students to demonstrate appropriate progress toward graduation expectations: knowledgeable, lifelong learner; responsible individual, effective communicator, problem solver, collaborative team worker, and self-directed learner. • develops a climate and culture of openness, fairness, mutual respect, support and inquiry. • engages every student in grade level appropriate learning experiences that promote performance. • is responsible for preparing an environment that is orderly, and where materials and equipment are cared for and meets the needs of the students. • creates an environment that demonstrates rapport with and respect and kindness for all students and between students. • models and teach conflict resolution and problem solving strategies in the classroom. • engages in positive classroom managements, manages student misconduct promptly and resolves conflict and crises appropriately and effectively; promptly reports discipline concerns of greater natures to the administrative office. • responsible for the safety of the children left in his / her charge until released to a responsible adult. No child should ever be left unsupervised either inside or outside of the classroom. • will ensure that the physical environment adheres to all health and safety regulations as required by Pinellas Preparatory Academy, Inc., Pinellas County, and the State of Florida.
Communication The teacher: • listens and interacts effectively with supervisors, students, parents, colleagues, and community members, respecting diverse perspectives. • provides students and parents with timely data for improvement in student achievement. • responsible for communication that supports an understanding of the school’s program, develops positive relationships within the school community, and protects the privacy and confidentiality of each student and family in the school community always adhering to FERPA. • establishes a relationship with parents of the students and maintain regular communication with parents with regard to their child’s specific needs. • provides for parent conferences, meetings and communication throughout the school year in accordance with school calendar and procedures. • responds to parent concerns in a timely manner (usually within 24 hours). • communicates regularly with parents about the classroom and curriculum. • updates online grades at least weekly. • assists in the development of and participate in school functions, including but not limited to Open Houses and Parent Education Nights. • maintains confidentiality and professionalism in all communication with students, parents, and supervisor(s).
Professional Responsibility The teacher: • demonstrates respect for students, colleagues, administrators, and parents. • works effectively with administrators, colleagues, parents, and the community to support students’ learning and well-being. • models and reinforces self-discipline and responsibility. • develops and manages human resources within the classroom by maintaining a professional development plan and engaging in professional development activities; recognizing students and parents for contributions to goal achievement. • involved with an ongoing self-assessment and refinement of practice in the classroom as well as collaborative professional growth by attending professional development opportunities. • participates in a regular evaluation process including classroom observations, feedback conferences, and an annual self-evaluation toward goals set by the teacher and / or in conjunction with the principal. • maintains his/her teaching skills and participate in professional development activities (both within the school community and/or via attendance at conferences, workshops, etc.). • participates in collegial activities designed to make the entire school a productive learning environment (for example – grade level meetings, curriculum discussion groups, working committees, mentoring, etc.). • reports for school and duties on time. • attends all scheduled meetings and professional days as designated by Principal. • dresses professionally at all times: Fridays jeans are appropriate with a PPA polo or uniform shirt; shorts are not permitted; sandals may not be worn at any time; hair color must be a natural color- extreme colors are unacceptable; shirts must cover your entire shoulder and must not be low cut (for additional information see the employee handbook).
Additional Duties: The teacher: • responsible for the safety and supervision of students by assisting at car line, lunch, recess, and other times as designated by Principal. • performs other related duties as required.
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 moderate.