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All employees and volunteers at Peak to Peak work together to fulfill the Peak to Peak Mission Statement. The thoughts reflected in this description provide structure to the responsibilities and accountabilities for this position. However, Peak to Peak expects to employ professionals who will work beyond job descriptions, creating both a fulfilling career environment and very successful outcomes for our students. Values we hold high are: trustworthiness, honesty, diligence, open communication, fairness, and politeness, and we expect to see them evidenced in our staff, parents, and students.
The Teacher of the Secondary program is a subject-area specialist responsible for educating each pupil in his or her charge and for working with students, parents, other teachers and staff toward achieving the goals set forth in the Peak to Peak Mission
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Responsible for conducting an organized and professional classroom:
• Teaches subject area according to curriculum guidelines specified by Peak to Peak. Further develops a high-level, challenging curriculum in subject area. Maintains ongoing curriculum evaluation and development to meet the needs of students. Collaborates with other faculty in delivery of appropriate instructional approaches, working to serve the various learning styles and needs of Peak to Peak students.
• Implements curriculum and instruction in a manner consistent with Peak to Peak’s Mission Statement, including understanding, modeling and fostering independent thinking skills, creative problem solving and abstract reasoning. Shows empathy and understanding of students. Shares ideas and observations with students and parents.
2. Develops with parents and students a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and objectivity:
• Assesses student performance frequently and objectively,
• Facilitates resolution of problems that might arise with students and parents,
• Holds parent/student/teacher conferences in a manner consistent with Peak to Peak’s Community Handbook, and
• Encourages parents to be contributors to the classrooms as volunteers.
3. Continues intellectual and professional development in primary academic discipline.
4. May provide leadership to select extracurricular school activities, act as the teacher liaison to select committees, and/or participate in the open enrollment process.
5. Follows policies established by Peak to Peak Board of Directors, Boulder Valley School District, and Colorado State mandated school guidelines, except where Peak to Peak has received waivers.
6. Other duties as assigned.
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
The Middle School teacher reports directly to the Middle School Principal and the High School Teacher reports directly to the High School Principal.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above and below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
• B.A. or B.S. college degree required
• Teaching experience in a public or private setting; although a teacher’s certificate is not required, Peak to Peak expects that teachers without a certificate will work toward an alternative certificate over time.
• Demonstrated expertise in specialty field.
• Demonstrated experience working with challenge groups in a student-centered environment, including using assessments to place students, curriculum compacting, flexible pacing, flexible instruction, grouping and regrouping, acceleration, enrichment, and independent study to meet student needs.
• Demonstrated experience in the instruction of students with varied learning styles and levels of mastery.
• Demonstrated experience in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive, collaborative approach.
• Expert-level written and oral communication skills.
• Knowledge of and commitment to Advanced Placement course.
• Knowledge of and commitment to Character Education.
• Demonstrated initiative and skills in the following areas: relationship and community building, educational leadership, communication, conflict resolution, creativity, problem solving, decision making and time management.
• Entrepreneurial outlook and charter school commitment.
• Strong organizational and coordination skills
• Ability to assess grade level needs and plan and organize accordingly
• Strong self-starter; able to work with limited direction
• Ability to apply superb judgment
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policy and expectation documents, staff agreements, evaluation rubrics, curriculum maps and materials, and student assessment documents . Ability to effectively document classroom observations, analyze data to improve instructional practices and correspond with staff from all levels. Ability to speak effectively before groups of staff, Board of Directors, Administrators and parents.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
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 essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The hours may be long when specific needs arise, thus some extended schedules will be necessary. This is a position that must attend the needs of staff, Administrators, Peak to Peak Board of Directors and parents. Work may consist of ten (10) plus hour days with Weekend work required from time to time. Peak to Peak is a dynamic school subject to changing work environments, adaptation of new educational principles and values, and shifting culture. Adaptability to change is essential.