Full-time Junior High School (Grades 6, 7 & 8) English / Language Arts Teacher: St. Michael Parish School; Wheaton, IL

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English/Reading/Language Arts


Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois Catholic Schools
Full-time Junior High School (Grades 6, 7 & 8) English / Language Arts Teacher
St. Michael Parish School; Wheaton, IL

Position available: August, 2021
Ministerial Expectations
It is understood and expected that the work of the Catholic Church, its agencies and institutions, has characteristics that differentiate it from the work of other secular and non-Catholic agencies and institutions as a specifically religious institution performing a religious function and mission. Teachers working in a Catholic School agree to work diligently to support and strengthen the Catholic Church and its value system.  By word and example teachers support all the official religious teachings of the Catholic Church throughout their personal and professional lives. Teachers agree to play a substantial role in conveying the Catholic Church’s message and carrying out its mission. The ministry of teachers embraces the following purposes:
  • To teach and witness to the tenets of the Catholic faith
  • To integrate learning with faith
  • To instill a sense of Christ’s mission, charity, and service to others
  • To draw the school community into worship
  • To pass on the Catholic Christian faith to each student
  • To build, support and maintain Catholic identity throughout the school
Teachers in a Catholic School accept their roles as ministers in a faith community. Their teaching ministry extends to the formation of the whole person. Teachers are expected to act and speak in public in a way that supports the Roman Catholic Church and its teachings including our belief: 
  • in the life and dignity of every human person, regardless of age, status, or condition.
  • in the centrality of the family for a good society and in Christian marriage defined as the lifelong union of one man and one woman open to participating in the power of God’s procreative love.
  • in the call to witness and proclaim the Catholic faith and its social and moral teachings in public dialogue, and
  • in working to assure that we continue to have and enjoy the rights of religious freedom in our country.
Position Purpose
Under the general supervision of the school Principal, the teacher will:
-serve as a positive role model and support the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church at all times.
-create a faith-focused and vibrants Catholic Identity withinin his or her classroom that is emphasized through the candidate's words, deeds, manner of dress, and actions.
-facilitate student success and growth in academics and interpersonal skills.
-implement with fidelity diocesan-approved Middle School Language Arts Curricula that are aligned with Catholic Curriculum Standards.
-document student progress, activities, and outcomes.
-actively participate in school committees and/or Professional Learning Communities.
-differentiate instruction to address specific educational needs of individual students.
-plan, design, execute, and assess high quality At-Home Learning Lessons as necessary using a variety of electronic platforms such as Google Classroom, Zoom, etc.
-implement the school's Safety and School Improvement Plans with fidelity.
-create a flexible, safe, and optimal learning environment.
-regularly provide feedback to students, parents and administration regarding student progress, expectations, and goals.

Essential Functions
The teacher...
  • serves as a model of the Catholic faith in words, actions, speech, dress, and demeanor.
  • develops and administers school curriculum consistent with diocesan goals and objectives.
  • promotes a classroom environment that is safe and conducive to individualized and small group instruction and student learning.
  • develops lesson plans and instructional materials and translates lesson plans into learning experiences that best utilize available time for instruction.
  • differentiates instruction based upon student learning styles and needs.
  • conducts ongoing formative and summative assessments of student learning, and modifies instructional methods to fit individual student needs.
  • conducts individual and small group instruction as needed.
  • instructs students in the principles of responsible citizenship and other subject matters specified in applicable laws, as well as in administrative regulations and procedures of the Diocese of Joliet.
  • continues to acquire professional knowledge and to learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops and professional meetings.
  • organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping, grading, and reporting for all student activities, achievement, and attendance as required by diocesan and school procedures as well as applicable laws.
  • Utilizes available technology to enhance lessons.
  • encourages parental involvement in student education and ensures effective communication with both students and parents..
  • ensures that student conduct conforms with the school's standards and Diocesan policies.
  • establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom..
  • coordinates with other professional staff members to evaluate and assess curriculum.
  • actively participates in faculty meetings, PLCs, and school committees.
  • selects and requisitions appropriate books, instructional aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains accurate inventory records.
  • supervises students in activities that take place out of the classroom during the school day, including activities involving school transportation.
  • administers standardized tests in accordance with Diocesan assessment programs.
  • works willingly with students who are in need of assistance.
  • understands and adheres to all tenets of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • maintains a lifestyle that is in full accord with Church teachings, both within and outside of the school environment.
Additional Duties
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and/or Catholic Schools Office administrators as designated by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
Uses standard office equipment such as SMARTboards, personal computers, printers, copiers, telephones, and fax machines.

Travel Requirements
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy in the content areas of English / Language Arts, Literature, and Reading.
  • Knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith.
  • Knowledge of Middle School ELA curriculum and concepts.
  • Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis procedures, and the formulation of action plans.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
  • Ability to use computer network systems and software applications as needed.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the Principal, the Pastor, peers, students, school parents, and prospective school parents..
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Qualifications Profile
  • Licensure: The candidate must hold a current Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with endorsement(s) in English / Language Arts, Reading, Literature, or a related discipline applicable to this teaching assignment.
  • Previous experience in teaching children at the Junior High School (Grades 6-8) level is preferred.
  • Experience in differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students is mandatory.
  • Excellent classroom management and communication skills are essential.
This is a full-time (benefited) position.

To apply for this position
Complete an online Diocese of Joliet Catholic Schools Office Frontline Applicant Tracking application. This may be accessed at the following link:

Interviews will be scheduled as complete Applicant Tracking applications are received and reviewed by the Principal.
Incomplete or hard-copy applications will not be considered.

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Diocese of Joliet

1555 Glen Ellyn Rd Suite 2, Glendale Heights, IL 60139

At the following locations

St. Michael Parish School

314 W Wllow Av , Wheaton, IL 60187