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Catlin Gabel School

Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.


The school believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success.  That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified.  It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.



Department: LOWER SCHOOL

FTE: 1.0 (Exempt)



The Lower School Science Teacher teaches science to all Lower School students and coordinates grades one through five science curriculums.


• Teach science classes to grades one through five.
• Collaborate with homeroom teachers and other specialist teachers to develop and teach interdisciplinary units of study.
• Use assessment information to inform planning and instruction.
• Assess student learning.
• Write student conference notes in the fall and end-of-the-year student reports in June.
• Plan for and provide differentiated instruction for students.
• Develop, research, and share resources with other teachers.
• Build a positive environment with a sense of community
• Develop, plan and supervise field trips.
• Collaboratively plan and participate in overnight class trips.
• Plan and instruct Experiential Days.
• Pursue professional development opportunities.
• Serve on committees and engage in group work as necessary.
• Participate in the Lower School Admissions processes.
• Supervise two recesses per week.
• Engage in school-wide committees and traditions.
• Attend and support after-school activities and programs (i.e. Music programs, May Fest, class programs, etc.).
• Participate in the Lower School retreat at the start of the year.
• Attend weekly faculty and community meetings.
• Support the School’s commitment to inclusivity and multicultural education.
• Prepare budget. And inventory supplies.
• Organize science equipment, supplies, resources and materials in an aesthetic and safe classroom environment.
• Maintain and update online curriculum maps and science classroom web pages.
• Complete required H.R. trainings each year (CPR, first aid, mandatory reporting, handling of hazardous materials, etc.)
• Use backward planning strategy for lesson/unit design.
• Conduct Spring student-led conferences
• Write end-of-year reports for each student.
• Participate in regular “Kid Talk” conversations with other specialist and classroom teachers.
• Communicate regularly with parents including articles in divisional newsletters, classroom blogs, science web pages, bulletin board displays, and phone/e-mail conversations regarding individual observations or concerns.
• Walk students to and from class for safety.
• Provide first aid as needed to students.
• Committed to progressive education.

The curriculum has been independently designed and carried out by the teacher based on student needs and interests coupled with “best practices” in pedagogy.


Supervise students in the classroom, weekly recess duties, and on classroom field trips.


• Communicate with parents monthly in the Crier newsletter and/or on the science web page.
• Must have strong interpersonal communication skills needed with students, parents, and colleagues.
• Daily contact with administrators, colleagues and other staff.
• Contact with the Board of Trustees is intermittent.


• Integral awareness of sound educational practice (progressive theory and pedagogy).
• Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks
• Teach hands-on labs
• Able to lead outdoor experiential investigations
• Listening and decision making skills
• Research skills
• Ability to manage a budget
• Computer literacy
• Writing skills
• Ability to lift 50 lbs.


• MS in science education or elementary education from an accredited college or university
• 3 years classroom teaching experience.


Primarily indoor classroom teaching with occasional field trips some evening and weekend commitments.

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