Transitional Kindergarten Teacher for the 2024-2025 School Year

School Name: Santa Sophia Academy

Location: 9806 San Juan St, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Reports to: Principal

Employment Type: Full Time

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $47,000- $55,000

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Principal, the classroom teacher provides a faith filled, standards based, rigorous instruction for students.

Primary Responsibilities:

Provides grade appropriate instructional program including:

  • Prepare rigorous, standards based lessons
  • Use a variety of teaching strategies to ensure student learning
  • Develop and facilitate a positive discipline classroom management plan
  • Infuse “Growth Mindset” habits
  • Monitor and disseminate student progress at regular intervals
  • Design and utilize student assessments to drive instruction
  • Prepare weekly lesson plans
  • Organize, develop, coordinate and attend school functions and activities
  • Advance educational knowledge by attending conferences, professional development opportunities, and reading educational journals
  • Other duties as assigned

Administrative/ Other Responsibilities:

  • Return voice-mail/e-mail messages in a timely manner
  • Communicate regularly with parents
  • Create and maintain a classroom environment that is conducive for meeting the various learning styles and ability of students
  • Demonstrate a respectful demeanor with staff, students, and parents
  • Observe utmost confidentiality regarding parent, student, staff information/conversations

Knowledge and Skills:

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.

  • Must have a working knowledge of and a strong commitment to the mission of the Diocese and Catholic Church
  • Demonstrated communication skills, verbal and written
  • Demonstrated human relation and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and time management abilities; self-starter able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Knowledge of and ability to implement Common Core State Standards
  • Knowledge of and ability to implement teaching best practices
  • Understanding of Growth Mindset
  • Understanding of Positive Discipline Strategies
  • Ability to utilize assessments to adapt lessons
  • Ability to create cross curricular lessons
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Professional demeanor
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and Google Suite, with demonstrated ability to learn new systems and software
  • Must successfully pass a background check
  • Activities that include walking, sitting, standing, stooping, reaching, handling, hearing, keyboarding and carrying/lifting as required in a normal office environment

Religious Qualifications:

  • Active, practicing Roman Catholic (preferred)
  • Basic Catechetical Certification (preferred)
  • Respects and understands a Catholic school philosophy

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, or related field of study
  • Hold a valid California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Positive references and recommendations
  • A Clear criminal background check
  • Necessary background and training in elementary educational methods
  • Understanding of child development and skills necessary to relate to the students
  • Appropriate control and discipline techniques, which will enhance the learning environment

Physical Requirements:

To successfully meet the needs of the students in his/her care, the teacher must:

  • Spend the majority of the day standing in the classroom. While standing the teacher will frequently hold objects they are working with or demonstrating
  • Sit on an occasional basis when developing lesson plans, grading, etc.
  • Walk through the classroom and be able to maneuver in tight spaces between desks. Walk on both even and uneven surfaces
  • Deal with students while kneeling or squatting, stooping, or bending
  • Reach at, below, or above shoulder height with the dominant upper extremity; may require trunk or neck rotation to look back at the class
  • Assist in moving children's desks and chairs to change the layout of the classroom to influence the learning situation. It is occasionally necessary to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 25 pounds from the office to classrooms

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to be inside the classroom. The employee is required to be mobile to, from, and within the classroom and preschool environment, as well as maneuver throughout the school facility to attend meetings, trainings, and other work-related events. The employee may be required to conduct trips to, from, and within various city and county-wide locations to attend trainings or workshops.

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.

Please note this position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Santa Sophia Academy, as part of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego, is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.