Third Grade Teacher

The Episcopal School of Dallas
Dallas, TX United States

Purpose:  An ESD Third Grade Teacher is a passionate educator with comprehensive knowledge of child development who employs a variety of teaching tools and methodologies. As an effective member of the Lower School faculty, this individual is flexible and able to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues. This person is committed to developing and modifying the curriculum to meet the unique needs of every child. This teacher will be a lifelong learner who engages in professional development and collegial conversation leading to effective teaching and learning practices.

Essential Functions:

  • Promote the best interests of each child in the Lower School within the context of the Mission Statement and the Founding Tenets
  • Use appropriate technology in support of the curriculum of the 21st Century global classroom
  • Teach in a math/social studies classroom delivering instruction aligned with ESD’s Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • Plan a well-balanced program for math and social studies that builds literacy, research, and problem-solving skills. Ensure instruction includes creative collaboration activities and critical thinking skills.
  • Lessons should reflect developmentally appropriate skills, a logical sequence of topics, and reasonable student assessments
  • With the Division Head and grade level team, research, select, and order appropriate supplies and learning materials for units of study
  • With the Division Head and grade level team, plan special programs, visitors, and field trips
  • Articulate clear learning outcomes for students and parents
  • Research and develop new curriculum topics
  • Participate in outdoor education program once a year
  • Plan and execute classroom activities and routines that meet both individual and group needs

Communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues.

  • Conduct a Parent Orientation/Intake Conference in the fall.
  • Conduct parent conferences on scheduled family conference days and convene or attend additional meetings as needed in individual cases.
  • Make phone calls and/or send emails to parents, tutors, and support personnel to ensure honest, open, and regular lines of communication.
  • Write report cards with thorough, positive and honest comments each trimester. Reports should be specific to give the parents a clear understanding of the student’s skills, strengths and weaknesses and should include recommendations/suggestions for improvement. Spelling, grammar, and content should be of professional quality.
  • Work closely with colleagues on the school’s curricular initiatives
  • Provide regular curricular updates via classroom newsletter

Participate and engage in professional activities and gatherings at team, departmental, divisional, and school-wide levels

  • Complete recommendations for educational testing and for admission to other schools
  • Attend regularly scheduled grade-level meetings and cross-grade-level meetings

Other duties and responsibilities:

  • Attend a chapel service daily
  • Keep a current substitute folder at all times
  • Keep permanent student files current
  • Recommend proper class placement for each child
  • Prepare classroom and attend all meetings during scheduled in-service
  • Complete all end-of-year responsibilities and submit checklist before leaving for summer vacation

Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Abuse Risk Management Standards:

  • Adheres to policies related to boundaries with students.
  • Attends required abuse risk management training.
  • Adheres to procedures related to managing high-risk activities and supervising students.
  • Reports suspicious and inappropriate behaviors.
  • Follows mandated abuse reporting requirements.

Working Environment:

  • Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling.
  • Generally, 40% sitting, 40% walking, and 20% standing.
  • Minimal temperature variations
  • Off-site travel to include rustic environments and occasional overnight trips.
  • Generally, a hazard-free environment.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, cognition, or related field; Master’s Degree desired
  • 3 years teaching experience
  • Ability to design a classroom environment that generates joyful learning
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Patience, creativity, optimism, resilience, and adaptability
  • Experience using a workshop approach to writing and guided reading groups
  • Experience using The Everyday Math Program desired
  • Knowledge of 21st Century learning principles
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with various school constituents
  • Technological proficiency expected and a demonstrated capacity to learn new technology as necessary (i.e. Google Apps, Schoology, iPads, and Chromebooks)
  • Knowledge of independent school culture and practices

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