• Full Time
  • San Francisco
  • This position has been filled

Website Katherine Delmar Burke School

Third Grade Lead Teacher

Full-time position, 2024-2025


Position Summary

We are looking for a dedicated teacher who creates a classroom culture that supports deep thinking and learning; academically, socially, and emotionally. An ideal candidate would be: interested in learning and growing as a professional, willing and able to collaborate with colleagues, and experienced in best practices, including dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Burke’s has a Teaching Institute and each K-4 teacher is responsible for mentoring an Associate Teacher.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinating, developing, and delivering the third-grade program in collaboration with other grade level teachers, the Lower School Math Specialist, and the 3rd/4th Grade Learning Specialist.
  • Incorporating effective strategies for differentiation and assessment.
  • Fostering an inclusive classroom environment through regular class meetings, supportive exchanges with students, and clear expectations for community behavior using techniques from Responsive Classroom.
  • Partnering and communicating effectively with parents in person, through email, in two report cards, and through newsletters/blogs.
  • Developing and refining antiracist and social justice curricula.
  • Working in partnership with a dedicated Associate Teacher to plan and teach.
  • Observing and evaluating the Associate Teacher, providing weekly feedback and ongoing mentorship.
  • Participating in field trips and special projects to support the program, including an overnight trip to the Marin Headlands in the spring.
  • Being a positive and contributing member of the professional community at Burke’s.


Qualifications & Skills

Below are the personal and professional qualities that we believe are important for the success of the person in this role. Unless specifically noted as a prerequisite for the role, these qualifications and skills are preferred. We know many candidates bring a full complement of experience, skills, and ideas, even if they don’t check every box of a job description. If you meet many of our criteria, please don’t hesitate to apply. Every application gets serious consideration, including those with skill sets that we may not have included here. We welcome all applicants who will bring a unique perspective and personal characteristics to our amazing team.

  • B.A degree and teaching credential or advanced degree.
  • Experience leading an elementary classroom, grades 2, 3 or 4.
  • Experience with:
    • Responsive Classroom philosophy and techniques
    • The TERC Investigations math curriculum
    • Teachers College Writer’s and Reader’s Workshop and assessment practices
    • Phonics instruction
    • Project-Based Learning
    • Understanding by Design
    • Designing instruction that is student-centered, differentiated, and engaging
    • Designing and using assessments that drive and support learning
    • Using technology to support teaching and learning

Burke’s does not sponsor employment visas. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.



Burke’s offers competitive compensation based on a salary scale ranging from $70,413 – $144,000 based on years of prior experience and position requirements. Advanced degree stipends in addition to base compensation. Comprehensive benefits are provided, including retirement plan contribution. The contract period starts on August 15, 2024, with two weeks of on-campus preparation and meetings.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Burke’s is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.


To Apply

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQIA+ educators, or educators from communities that are historically underrepresented in independent schools. Interested candidates may apply by sending a cover letter, resumé, and references to burkes.workable.com. No calls or additional emails, please.

Tagged as: K-12, K-6