Elementary Teacher (PK - 5)
Principal or Designee
Be dedicated to the development of lifelong learners by
equipping students with the knowledge and skills to
confidently meet life's challenges as responsible, productive
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
(Other duties may be
Establish clear objectives for all
lessons, units, and projects and effectively communicate
those objectives to students.
Identify students' needs and make
appropriate referrals and develop strategies for individual
Effectively communicate with parents on
a regular basis outside the normal classroom day by means
of newsletters, e-mail, notes, phone calls and individual
Discuss student problems, behavior
incidents, positive developments, and progress with parents
in an honest, sensitive, and confidential manner.
Promotes parent participation and
involvement in education activities provided for their
Confer and cooperate with other staff
members to plan and schedule lessons promoting student
learning, following approved curricula.
Confer with parents or guardians, other
teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve student
behavioral and academic problems.
Identify students showing signs of
emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and
discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and
child development specialists.
Engage in collaborative work and
contribute to team planning.
Competence in Content
Teach Reading, language arts, social
studies, mathematics, and science to students in a
classroom, using the course of study adopted by the
District and other appropriate learning activities.
Provide individual and small group
instruction designed to meet individual needs of students
in communication skills, health habits, physical skills,
and development of self concept. Adapt the curriculum
to the needs of each student as needed.
Develop and use instructional materials
suitable for verbal or visual instruction of students with
a wide range of mental, physical, and emotional
Enrich the educational program through
study/field trips to community locations and through
community member classroom visits. Share and
interpret these experiences with students and
Instruct students in citizenship and
basic subject matter specified in state law and regulations
and procedures of the District.
Develop lesson plans and instructional
materials and provide individualized and small group
instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs
of each student.
Plan individual and group activities to
stimulate academic, social and emotional growth.
Plan and conduct activities for a
balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work
time that provides students with opportunities to observe,
question, and investigate.
Translate lesson plans and activities
into developmentally appropriate learning experiences to
best utilize the available time for instruction.
Create an effective environment for
learning through functional and attractive displays,
interest centers, and exhibits of students' work.
Prepare for assigned classes, and show
written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate
Prepare objectives and outlines for
courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or
requirements of the State and District.
Implement individual and group
activities to stimulate academic, social and emotional
Foster cooperative social behavior
through activities and group projects to assist children in
forming satisfying relationships with other children and
(PK-K) Encourage students in singing,
dancing, rhythmic activities, and in the use of art
(PK-K) Encourage students to express
themselves creatively in art, music, and dramatic
Instruct children in practices of
personal cleanliness and self care.
Develop in each student an awareness of
his/her worth as an individual and his/her role in his
family and community.
Utilize technology - computers,
audiovisual aids, and other equipment in the delivery of
Identify student needs and make
appropriate referrals and develop strategies for individual
education plans. Active participation in the IEP
Utilize research based teaching
strategies to effectively plan and teach guided reading
Engage students in varied experiences
that meet diverse needs and promote social, emotional, and
Methods to Monitor
Evaluate students' academic and social
growth, keep appropriate records and prepare progress
Utilize assessment materials and make
appropriate classroom student assessments.
Prepare, administer, and correct tests,
and record results.
Maintain accurate and complete student
records and prepare reports on students and activities as
required by laws, district policies, and administrative
Administer standardized ability and
achievement tests in accordance with the district testing
program, and interpret results to determine students'
developmental levels and needs.
implement, and enforce rules
for appropriate classroom behavior, to maintain and
promote a fair, supportive, inclusive and
Model and maintain standards of
responsible student behavior.
Attend professional in-service
activities and teacher training workshops provided by the
District as well as self-selected professional growth
activities in order to maintain and improve professional
Create a fair, supportive and
inclusive teaching and working environment for all
students and employees regardless of their race, creed,
color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital
status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability
or genetic information.
Effectively communicate, collaborate,
and cooperate with colleagues, supervisors, and
Plan and coordinate the work of
educational assistants and other professional support
staff, parents, and volunteers in the classroom and on
Maintain a positive image for the school
as well as good public relations within the
Select and requisition developmentally
appropriate classroom materials, instructional aids and
Attend staff meetings and serve on
committees as required.
Supervise students in out of classroom
activities during the assigned work day.
Participate in curriculum development
programs as required.
Participate in faculty committees and
sponsorship of student activities.
Other duties as assigned.
Supervises students and/or educational assistants as assigned
and/or required to maintain a safe and orderly environment which
is conducive to learning.
Minimum Education or Experience (Will
vary depending on specific position):
B.A. or B.S. degree.
Cross-cultural experience preferred.
Licensure or Certification:
Holds and maintains a valid Iowa Teaching License appropriate
to the position.
(PK-K) Early Childhood Endorsement required, Reading
(Grades 1-2) Reading Endorsement required.
(Grades 3-5) Emphasis in math, reading, or science.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(To perform this job
successfully, an individual must be able to perform each
essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
here are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made
to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
Competency in the areas of content knowledge, content
pedagogy, general teaching knowledge, and knowledge of students;
willingness to learn new skills and knowledge to enhance their
instructional skills; ability to help students use mathematical,
cultural, artistic, historical, and scientific concepts to
explain, assess, and anticipate change.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language
including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of
composition, and grammar.
Ability to access information and resources, create and
critically investigate multiple instructional and curricular
strategies, and make decisions that effectively address a variety
of student learning styles.
Ability to assess the strengths, needs, interests, and
aspirations of their students; willingness to hold high
expectations for student academic performance and behavior;
ability to set achievable instructional goals, monitor and
evaluate student progress; ability to be resourceful in
responding to the changing needs of their students and their
Ability to recognize the relationships between themselves and
others; they accept responsibility for their contributions to
their students, the district, and the community; willingness to
actively participate in improving themselves and their
Ability to listen, speak, write, read, and respond clearly to
students, parents, community members, and to each other; ability
to use a variety of media and technology to enhance their
Ability to use interpersonal skills to develop constructive
relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and community
groups; willingness to provide a high level of service and
response to the diverse needs of the district's customers.
Ability to function effectively as part of a teaching team,
support peer teachers, plan collaboratively, and work
constructively with the teaching team to solve problems that
Ability to guide the learning process toward the achievement
of district approved educational goals; ability to establish
clear objectives for all lessons, units, projects, and the like
in harmony with the educational/curricular goals.
Ability to work within
and promote a fair, supportive and inclusive work and learning
Ability to encourage and implement policies, practices, and
procedures which create a positive atmosphere conducive to
learning; willingness to assist the administration in governing
student life and conduct in maintaining a safe environment;
ability to develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior and
maintain order in a fair and just manner.
(The physical demands
described here are representative of those that must be met
by an employee to successfully perform the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
regularly required to sit, stand, speak, hear, see, and walk to
carry out routine duties.
Must be able to bend arms, torso, and neck.
Must be able to occasionally lift, move, or push items of 50 lbs
such as assisting children or moving/rearranging furniture.
Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance
vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and
ability to adjust focus.
Must be able to supervise students in all types of weather, meet
multiple demands from several people, and interact with the
public and other staff.
(The work environment
characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions
of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
Noise level is quiet to loud.
Work may be indoors and/or outdoors.
Work may be in non-air conditioned rooms.
Tobacco and alcohol-free environment.
Fast-paced atmosphere with constant contact with students, staff,
or the public.
May include evenings.
Direct responsibility for the safety, well-being, and work output
The statements in this job description are
intended to describe the general nature and level of work
being performed by individuals assigned to this job.
They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in
this position. These statements are not intended to
limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to
assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his
or her supervision.