Lower School Lead Teacher

The Gooden School
Sierra Madre, CA United States

School             The Gooden School

Position           Lower School Lead Teacher

Description   JOB TITLE                    Lower School Lead Teacher

START DATE                 July/August 2023

REPORTS TO                Assistant Head of School

ROLE                               Faculty

FLSA DESIGNATION  Exempt – Salaried

COMPENSATION         $50,000-$65,000 based upon various factors, including education, credentials, and experience

The Gooden School, a co-educational, independent Episcopal K-8 school in Sierra Madre, CA is seeking a full-time Lower School Lead Teacher beginning in July/August 2023. The lead teacher is responsible for instruction in math, social studies and language arts. Additionally, the lead teacher works with our engaged and motivated students as they participate in chapel services and community engagement projects. Through our outstanding academic program and a strong sense of community, adults and students embody our motto, “Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for the World.”

School Mission – The Gooden School inspires students to be intellectually curious and resilient while preparing them to lead lives of kindness, integrity, and respect.

Lead teachers focus not only on academic and critical-thinking skills, but also on social and emotional growth, and specialist teachers offer wide array of enrichment activities. Our philosophy strongly encourages collaboration, creativity, diversity and inclusivity. Our Episcopal spirit and values are infused throughout the curriculum, and include the Restorative Behavior Intervention Support system.

Key Responsibilities Include

-Plan and implement developmentally appropriate lessons to meet student needs

-Ensure the classroom environment includes clear and consistent routines and expectations that encourage students to work collaboratively and independently

-Ensure the classroom environment is safe for all learners, and supervise arrival, dismissal, recess, playground activities, and transitions between classrooms

-Provide differentiated experiences to all learners

-Provide constructive, timely, specific feedback to students to foster a growth mindset

-Observe, evaluate, encourage, and report on students’ academic and social development and progress

-Form responsive and supportive relationships with students and families

-Communicate regularly with students, families and colleagues regarding students’ progress and needs

-Work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues

-Work with the Student support Team to create and implement student support plans

-Seek knowledge of current instructional theories and best practices through participating in professional growth opportunities

-Participate in school-wide events and traditions that support the school and the Gooden Family Association, attend field trips, and assist in the Admissions Process

Required Experience/Education:

-Undergraduate degree required (Masters in education or related field and/or teaching credential preferred)

-Experience working with elementary school students and families

-Experience in Independent schools


-Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, 403b Retirement Plan, Long- and Short-term Disability, Voluntary Life/Accident Insurance, Work-Life Balance, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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

Please contact Assistant Head of School, Laurie Tortell at: