Kindergarten Teacher - Mesa Arts Academy
TITLE: Teacher of Basic Education (K – 5th Academic Programs)
REPORTS TO: Principal or Assistant Principal
FSLA: Full Time, exempt
SUPERVISES: Classroom Aide
This employee is responsible for organizing and implementing an instructional program for students in the regular classroom setting and meeting the duties of teaching as outlined in Academy policies.
Duties of this position include but are not limited to:
- Designing the academic (basic) education program so that it is consistent with the total educational philosophy of the Academy and aligned with Arizona standards.
- Continuing professional growth through educational meetings, visiting related facilities, reading professional literature, and exchanging ideas among the teachers and staff.
- Working in coordination with other basic education teachers and other support personnel planning and developing the basic program.
- Completing and updating Curriculum Maps so they are aligned with AZ Standards.
- Have the classroom/instructional area prepared for students prior to the start of class.
- Preparing educational plans for each group of students based on individually assessed needs in accordance with the district's philosophy, goals and objectives.
- Implementing Academy’s adopted curriculum and supplementing with instructional materials as needed.
- Using Mesa Arts Academy formative assessment instruments pertinent to instructional areas to assess on-going student progress and maintaining required assessment documentation. (DIBELS, Galileo etc.)
- Preparing lesson plans that are aligned to the state standards.
- Developing and maintaining a classroom environment conducive to effective learning.
- Providing varied instructional techniques and technology through individual and/or group sessions designed to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of the students.
- Taking all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, materials, equipment and facilities.
- Participating in the in-school staffing and screening processes as appropriate.
- Assisting in upholding and enforcing school rules, administrative regulations, and School Board Policies.
- Assisting in the selection of books, equipment and other instructional materials.
- Providing for his/her own professional growth through an ongoing program of reading, workshops, seminars, conferences and/or course work at institutions of higher learning.
- Effectively utilizing volunteers and community partners so they enhance instruction.
- Supervising classroom support personnel (Tutors and Aides.)
- Coordinating with other support staff (Gifted, EL, SPED, RtI, Tutors, Coaches, and Mentors) to maximize student learning.
- Ensuring that students are aware of and following REACH values and are active participants in Climate activities.
- Ensuring that all required interventions are provided to students so they make adequate progress on achieving standards.
- Ensuring that all accommodations are in place for all students with an IEP/504. Classroom Management:
- Maintaining classroom environment conducive to learning by utilizing approved school-wide classroom management techniques.
- Utilizing the Discipline pass in documenting and processing behavior issues.
- Implementing a “Positive School Climate” in classroom discipline.
- Discussing all classroom management concerns with the Principal and reporting any incidents to the appropriate parties to ensure that there is a positive learning environment that adheres to MAA policies.
- Follow approved schedules and procedures for starting and ending classes, and the transitioning of students.
- Understand all firedrill and lock down procedures.
- Utilizing approved methods and forms for out-of-classroom referrals.
- Establishing and maintaining cooperative relations with other employees.
- Assisting in providing information to community groups and parents concerning basic education programs as requested.
- Working to establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents concerning the academic and behavioral progress of all assigned students. This includes ensuring students return Home/School Binders signed each day.
Monitoring and Reporting:
- Ensuring that each student in the program has necessary evaluation records in his/her permanent folder.
- Evaluating student progress on a regular basis and providing feedback to students, administration, and parents.
- Assuring that all students participate in formative and summative assessments.
- Supplying progress reports and report cards to school personnel and to parents of students as necessary and requested (four times a year.)
- Completing reports for local, state, federal and other agencies (Project Billing Sheets.)
- Referring those students who require further evaluation or follow-up services to the appropriate school personnel or community agencies.
- Attending and participating in faculty meetings or other meetings as required.
- Other responsibilities as directed by the Principal.
Other Job-related Responsibilities:
- Attending Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley meetings as directed and other required meetings.
- Maintaining accurate, daily attendance records.
- Serving on Leadership Teams, Program Evaluations, and Study Groups when available.
- Completing all required surveys in a timely manner.
- Attending monthly “grade level” Data Meetings.
- Accepting additional “duties” or responsibilities as defined by the staff each year.
- Participating on School committees as needed (Parent Meetings, Site Council, School Board, Climate and Curriculum meetings, etc.
- Serving on committees that revise State and Federal Plans.
- Assist BGC staff in resources to best provide studying assistance.
1. Bachelor's degree (AND)
2. Full ESL, bi-lingual, or SEI endorsement (AND)
3. Valid Arizona Educator's Certificate in subject fields or K/8 OR Acceptance in Teacher in Residence program. (AND)
4. Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card
1. Graduate coursework beyond the bachelor's degree.
2. Classroom teaching experience.
3. Early Childhood endorsement for K – 3rd. (Required in Kinder SY2007.)
4. Reading endorsement for K – 6th teachers.
5. Additional coursework in any of the content areas.
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.