3rd Grade Teacher

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Northern Light School

Northern Light School (NLS) serves students in Pre-K to 8th grade. Our mission is to provide an empowering education for children from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Our

At Northern Light, we understand that rigorous academics alone are insufficient to prepare our students for success in a rapidly changing world. Our small class sizes (capped at 20) ensure that students have the opportunity to practice problem solving, collaboration, and inquiry-based learning, while expressing their knowledge in creative and critical ways. At the same time, Northern Light is also deeply committed to social justice, and the importance of developing engaged citizens who, in the words of Paolo Freire, “participate in the transformation of their worlds.”

Northern Light is currently searching for a caring, engaged, experienced 3rd grade teacher to join our passionate community of educators and learners for the 2020-2021 school year. The position is full time, and offers a salary commensurate with experience, along with a comprehensive benefits package. Interested candidates are encouraged to send an email expressing interest to Ms. Jill Diaz at jdiaz@northernlightschool.com. The email should include:

  1. 1)  Cover letter describing your interest in the position
  2. 2)  A statement of educational philosophy
  3. 3)  Resume/C.V .


General Duties and Responsibilities:


Help plan, prepare, and deliver lessons to assigned grade level in Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, Art, and Technology.

Demonstrate mastery of related subject matter, instructional skills, and resource materials for course(s) taught.

Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development such as games, arts and crafts, music and storytelling.

Use available technology and instructional media to enhance students’ learning experiences

Help create lesson plans, aligned with current standards, which establish clear objectives and drive instruction through formative and summative assessments.

Help create a scope and sequence curriculum as well as specific content area curriculum maps for assigned grade level.

Help establish clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects and communicate those objectives to students.

Differentiate instruction for students based on their educational needs and abilities.

Help keep accurate records of school property including classroom curricula materials, workbooks, classroom technology, etc.

Engage parents and guardians in the education of their children.



Foster, monitor, and maintain a safe, positive, and nurturing classroom environment in which students are engaged and demonstrate mutual respect.

Utilize a variety of effective instructional and management techniques that support the school-wide behavior expectations.

Maintain a tidy classroom environment that promotes student learning.

Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities.



Observe and evaluate students’ performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

Help create a variety of formative and summative assessments for units and use those assessments for planning and instruction.

Help evaluate students’ performance based on school-wide assessment systems and submit scores by deadlines outlined in handbook.

Help keep accurate records of student assessments throughout the year.

Help complete progress reports and report cards each Trimester and submit them to the Director by deadlines outlined in handbook.

Help lead Parent-Teacher conferences for all assigned grade level students.

Communicate with parents and the Head of School when students need academic or behavioral support.



Participate in the school wide Morning Circle and supervise an assigned Rainbow Group consisting of mixed grade level students.

Supervise snack and lunch in the homeroom class.

Supervise lunch recess and afternoon recess no more than two times per week.

Monitor homeroom class during rainy day schedules.

Monitor and clean faculty room, as equally assigned among faculty and staff.

Participate weekly in Professional Learning Community (PLC) collaborative team meetings for grades K-3 and help develop and adhere to norms established by this team.

Attend and participate in weekly Faculty Meetings and daily morning check-in meetings.

Attend and participate in extracurricular/school related activities and committees, as required and assigned.

Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional growth and actively seek out professional development opportunities.

Maintain a professional appearance and demonstrate behavior that is conscientious and responsible.

Appropriately communicate and interact with other professional staff in academic planning and school committee work.

Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with students, parents, staff, and community members by communicating in a tactful, courteous, and confidential manner.

Support the school and its leadership.


Curricula Knowledge (Preferred):

Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Units of Study

Balanced Literacy – Guided Reading, Workshop Model

Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment

To apply for this job email your details to jdiaz@northernlightschool.com

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