STEM Teacher / Life Coach (Elementary)
Geary County USD 475
Division/Department: Elementary Education K-5
Job Category: Teacher
Title: STEM Teacher/ Life Coach
*Current Kansas Teaching Certificate with endorsement appropriate to the assignment on file in the Devin Center
*Health certificate on file in Devin Center
*Highly Qualified according to state of Kansas requirements
Reports To: Building Principals
Supervises: Students K-5
The STEM Teacher will coordinate and implement a STEM curriculum in collaboration with the USD 475 STEM coaches for the goal of improving K-5 student achievement and understanding in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The STEM Teacher will be responsible for managing the STEM Classroom ensuring materials are effectively and safely used by K-5 students. The STEM Teacher/Life Coach will also help students understand how to best learn at school, be proactive and exercise personal leadership with individuals or small groups of students.
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.
The employee performing the duties of this position is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, hear, bend, stoop, and reach. The employee may be occasionally required to manually lift, move, or carry up to 50 pounds. The employee is required to interact with staff and meet the demands of several different people. The employee is responsible for the work output of others. The employee occasionally works extended hours. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Ability to maintain regular and good work attendance and come to work on time.
- Ability to work constructively and cooperatively with others.
- Ability to respond to information requests in a courteous, timely and helpful manner.
- Ability to manage job responsibilities while meeting established deadlines.
- Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of student and staff information.
1. Planning and preparation based upon students’ needs
Demonstrate knowledge of pedagogy, content, and students
Select instructional goals
Demonstrate knowledge of resources
Assess student learning using appropriate measures
2. Classroom Environment
Create a classroom environment of respect and rapport
Establish a culture for learning
Establish and maintain classroom procedures
Establish expectations for and manage student behaviors
Organize space for learning
3. Instruction based upon state standards, district curriculum, and student needs
Communicate clearly and accurately
Use a variety of instructional strategies and techniques
Engage students in learning
Provide timely feedback to students
Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness to student needs
4. Professional responsibilities
Follow contractual responsibilities
Engage in reflective practice
Maintain accurate records
Communicate with families
Engage in professional development activities
Maintain appropriate licensure
Collaborate with others to achieve a common goal
- Utilize best instructional practices, methods, materials and technology that have proved to increase student achievement in STEM, with emphasis on Science inquiry-based methodologies.
- Cultivate and model a respectful, safe and rigorous STEM classroom.
- Evaluate student work, both formative and summative assessments, benchmarks and other assessments to guide instructional planning and promote student achievement and understanding.
- Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with other teachers to strengthen students’ experience of the STEM curriculum.
- Relate well to students, staff (Building and District) and parents.
- Provide ongoing instruction and lab experience based on content standards.
- Work with individual or small groups of students to set student goals, monitor academic progress and encourage personal leadership.
- Help organize and monitor student leadership positions/jobs to promote and encourage positive student behaviors.
- Interpersonal, problem solving and organizational skills to effectively facilitate K-5 Kansas Curriculum and planning with K-5 teaching staff.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with K-5 teachers.
- Ability to meet time-related goals to ensure maximal coverage of intended Science Curriculum.
- Strong class management skill, procedures and strategies for working with students.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Uphold and enforce Board policies, administrative procedures, school rules, and federal and state regulations including but not limited to
Acceptable use of technology
Sexual and racial harassment
Child abuse reporting
15. Perform other duties assigned by the principal or other building or district administrators.
Term of Employment: Teacher Contract
Salary Range: Determined by placement on teacher salary schedule.
Evaluation Frequency: Job performance will be evaluated in accordance with state regulations and the terms established in the negotiated agreement.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Geary County USD #475 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and/or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions or complaints based on race, color, national origin, sex or age, please contact the USD 475 Executive Director of Personnel Services, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000. For questions or complaints based on disability, please contact the USD 475 Executive Director of Special Education, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000