2018-2019 Elementary School Teacher (4th Grade)

Job Type

Full Time




3927 28th Street
Long Island City
United States


Mission Statement: Growing Up Green Charter School empowers children to be conscious, contributing members of their community through a rigorous curriculum and an engaging green culture. Graduates of GUGCS will be prepared to attend high-performing schools where their interdisciplinary academic foundation, knowledge of sustainability, and strong sense of self sets them apart as leaders of the future.

School Culture: GUGCS teaches students our school culture through the acronym GREEN: Growing, Respectful, Empowered, Environmentally Aware, and Now. Through assemblies, class meetings, and various lessons students are taught the expectations of our GREEN culture.

Vision: At GUGCS, we envision an inclusive and diverse school community that places students powerfully at the center of their education through authentic, relevant and rigorous learning experiences, grounded in inquiry; a community that is devoted to doing the work needed to create a space where equity in regards to race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, and ability, is a given. 

Ideal Applicants Demonstrate: 

• A personal alignment to GUGCS' mission and vision

• Dedication to a strong learning community based on the Responsive Classroom approach and a growth mindset, as well as a commitment to positive social-emotional supports and curriculum

• Understanding of content, pedagogy, and students' needs and interests to support a "working with" rather than a "doing to" approach.

• Flexibility when approaching individual and collaborative learning by questioning, challenging, and embracing alternate perspectives and possibilities. 

• Ability to differentiate within small group instruction, rich investigations of essential questions, and interdisciplinary connections into curriculum planning for heterogeneous classrooms. 

• Comfort with uncertainty and self-reflection in the service of actively constructing ideas. 

• A problem-solving stance

• Commitment to collaboration with all teachers, departments and administration to strengthen instruction

• Use standards-aligned assessments to measure student academic growth. 

• Have a deep understanding of content, pedagogy, and students' needs and interests to support a "working with" rather than a "doing to" approach. 

• Strong classroom management skills needed to navigate the diverse behavioral needs of a classroom and a willingness to implement behavior intervention supports for individualized students when needed. 

• Value integration as a best practice in inspiring interest and future learning for students. 

• Experience with developing inquiry-based curriculum grounded in purposeful critical thinking, experiential learning and active discovery with a mindful balance of teaching approaches. 

• A passion for teaching as an act of social justice. 

• Excitement for ongoing professional development


• Bachelor's Degree required; Master's Degree preferred

• At least two years classroom teaching experience in the elementary grades

Required Certificates & Licenses:

• Teaching certification

• NYC DOE/Fingerprinting & Background Clearance

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Growing Up Green is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage and value a diverse workforce, and we seek diversity among applicants for this position.

Please apply directly through the Growing Up Green Charter School website. GUGCS job opportunities and application page can be found here.

For more information on Growing Up Green Charter School, visit us at: www.gugcs.org