Fourth/Fifth Grade Lead Teacher 2019-20

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The Berkeley School

Fourth/Fifth Grade Lead Teacher
Full Time
Effective August 14, 2019

The Berkeley School, a progressive independent school in the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, seeks a full-time faculty member to join our multicultural, learner-centered community as a lead teacher in a fourth/fifth grade mixed aged classroom. Candidates must have a B.A. and two or more years of experience working with elementary aged children.

We are committed to principles that promote effective, inclusive teaching practices and create optimal educational environments for each of our students, and we value the skills, knowledge and experiences a diverse workforce brings to our school. As we seek to educate the whole child, affirming the cultural histories and identities of all our students, we seek faculty and staff who are knowledgeable and experienced in helping each student grow. If you see this approach as critical to teaching and learning, we urge you to apply.

The lead teacher is responsible for mentoring an assistant teacher. Teachers in both fourth/fifth grade classrooms collaborate extensively as a team to co create curriculum.

Essential qualifications include:
* experience with progressive, inquiry-based pedagogy;
* the ability to adapt teaching to and differentiate for diverse learning profiles;
* demonstrated skills in classroom management that positively engage learners;
* a commitment to equity and cultural responsiveness;
* the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with students, families, colleagues verbally and in writing;
* strong planning and organization skills, and comfort using technology.

The successful candidate will be professional, collaborative, and enthusiastic about participating in our dynamic community of intellectually curious, lifelong learners, all of whom are dedicated to professional development and a reflective teaching practice.

Overview of the School
Founded in 1964 as Berkeley Montessori School, The Berkeley School is an intentionally small, community–oriented school of 280 students from early childhood through middle school. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website at to learn more about our program.

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identification. Applicants need to be fully authorized to work in the United States.

How to Apply
Please submit a resume, a letter of interest, and two professional references to Bliss Tobin, Elementary Division Head, at

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