2nd Grade Teacher

Posted on: November 11, 2019 | |

Christopher House (CH) is searching for a 2nd Grade Teacher looking to grow professionally in the field of Elementary Education. Candidates must possess a specialized interest and passion for teaching children in the primary levels of education.

With a mission to develop independent, creative, lifelong learners, our infant, preschool, elementary and family schools build a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance, respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity.

Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for students from birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction.


Children and families thrive when:

Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher;
Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success;
Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools;
Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals;
Evaluations and program improvements are data driven;
Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming;
Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests;
Developing independent, creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively;
Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning; and
Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally.

Position Objective:
Determine the needs and provide for the education and development of primary students. Promote school culture and ensure the needs of all learners in the classroom are met.

Provide a high-quality learning environment and instruction that meets the needs of all learners in the classroom. Promote school culture and set high expectations for students’ achievement. Coordinate with support staff and larger education team to ensure supportive learning environments for all students in the classroom. Model appropriate behavior.
Develop lesson plans consistent with the Common Core and, Illinois State Board of Education Learning standards, and the schools’ college prep curriculum. In partnership with a co-teacher, develop strategies for differentiation in the classroom and for take home learning.
Monitor the academic, social and emotional gains of students through regular, measurable assessment. Use data-driven evaluation and reflective teaching evaluation to improve instruction and increase academic achievement of students.
Leverage the arts to promote student achievement, creativity and critical-thinking skills. Participate in reflective teaching practice supported by weekly, team professional development Recommend curriculum innovations and changes to the Principal.
Provide classroom management and student discipline polices in alignment with school values and culture. Consult with appropriate staff to determine educational plans students.
Ensure a safe, healthy and clean environment for students. Manage administration of the classroom. Some of these responsibilities include marking daily attendance and lateness, checking homework, making photocopies, and displaying student work.
Share responsibility for classroom maintenance and orderliness. Assume responsibility for classroom supplies and equipment.

Professional Development:
Participate in weekly professional development workshops. Attend summer professional development series. Attend trainings and participate on relevant committees as needed for position.
Expand professional knowledge through Christopher House in-agency training and development programs, through professional conferences and education and by membership in appropriate professional groups.

Quality Assurance:
Utilize data-driven assessment, including classroom assessment tools, BAS and NWEA, to inform curriculum and instructional choices. Participate in regular data and assessment review sessions to differentiate instruction and create more effective classroom learning,

Teachers are expected to arrive at 7:30 am every morning and stay until 4:00 pm. A dedicated lunch break and planning period are included daily. Each Friday, students will have early dismissal at 1:30pm and teachers will participate in professional development from 1:30p.m. – 4:00p.m. Teachers will also be expected to participate in planning meetings and parent events after school from time to time. These dates will be announced by the Principal in advance. Teachers will follow the academic calendar for vacations and holidays.

A minimum of three years teaching experience in an urban setting is strongly preferred. Bi-lingual skills in Spanish and/or Polish highly desirable.
Experience with NWEA, BAS, Balanced Literacy, Everyday Mathematics, Math Expressions, FOSS Science, Research-based Social Studies, and/or arts-integration preferred.

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education required. Type 03 or Type 04 Certification required. Master’s Degree preferred.

If you are interested in this position, please apply on our website

Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.