Fifth-Grade Lead Teacher

The Gooden School
Sierra Madre, CA United States

Upper Elementary School Fifth-Grade General Studies Lead Teacher Position
2020-21 School Year

The Gooden School is an independent Episcopal K-8 school set in the foothills of Sierra Madre. We seek a dynamic, committed, creative individual to serve as a Lead Teacher in our fifth-grade general studies program. The successful candidate will teach all general studies content areas (language arts, math, science, social studies) in a fifth-grade classroom. This educator will work closely with the other members of the upper elementary division (third through fifth grades) to create and implement high quality, engaging, project-based, multidisciplinary instructional units.

During the 2020-21 school year, The Gooden School may be offering in-person and/or distance learning (online instruction). Candidates should be prepared to offer an engaging curriculum in-person and through Zoom and Google Classroom.

Professional Qualities/Skills
-Passionate, student-centered approach to teaching.
-Able to differentiate instruction to address the needs of all students.
-Committed to meaningful collaboration with colleagues, students and parents.
-Willing to take risks and seize leadership opportunities as they arise.
-Committed to staying current with research on best practices.
-Interested in professional growth and commitment to continuous learning.
-Committed to improving the school as a whole and willingness to share best practices with others.
-Able to be self-reflective and learn from feedback received from colleagues, administrators, and students.
-Possesses knowledge of Digital Citizenship.
-Proficient with instructional technology and willing to learn and apply emerging trends that benefit student learning.
-Knowledgeable of restorative discipline and its curricular integration.
-Willing to be actively involved in community building events.

-Design and implement project-based, multidisciplinary instructional units aligned with common core math, history and language arts standards as well as high quality STEM units aligned to NGSS standards.
-Collaborate with grade level colleagues to plan, integrate, and enhance instruction in all curricular areas.
-Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
-Attend and actively participate in all faculty meetings.
-Participate in special school events including, but not limited to, Open House, Back to School Night, special student performances and other events.
-Chaperone overnight grade level field trips if applicable (fourth grade and up).

Required Experience/Education:
-Four-year degree from a college or university.
-Valid teaching credential and/or previous teaching experience preferred.

-Competitive salary.
-Benefits including: medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability, voluntary life/accident insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

About Us:
The Gooden School is an independent Episcopal K-8 school with an engaged and motivated student body that participates fully in chapel services and community engagement projects. We maintain outstanding academics and a strong sense of community through our motto, “Respect for self, respect for others, respect for the world.” We teach the whole child, focusing on social and emotional growth, academic and critical-thinking skills, as well as a wide array of enrichment activities. Our philosophy strongly encourages inclusivity and diversity; and ethics and values are infused throughout the K-8 curriculum.

The Gooden School is committed to professional development; teachers are encouraged to collaborate with their peers at as well as at other schools. Faculty have leadership opportunities within the school and participate in professional and curriculum development opportunities throughout the year.  Our benefits and friendly community inspire excellent teacher retention.

The Gooden School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to an inclusive, welcoming community, where all are accepted and are treated with respect.

The Gooden School does not unlawfully discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, veteran status, national, or ethnic origin, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Contact Information

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to

Jo-Anne Woolner