Christopher House Elementary School is looking for a gym teacher who is looking to grow professionally in the field of Physical Education. Candidates must possess a specialized interest and passion for teaching children in the elementary 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.
- Provide standards-based instruction in Physical Education that complement the school’s rigorous college prep curriculum.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 for students.
- Ensure a safe, healthy and clean environment for students.
- Share responsibility for classroom maintenance and orderliness.
- Assume responsibility for classroom supplies and equipment.
- Develop a strong home-school relationship with the families in order to ensure effective communication to best meet the needs of students.
- Prepare progress and report cards and conduct parent-teacher conferences four times a year.
- Manage a classroom website.
- Meet with families as needed and serve as a positive representative for Christopher House.
- Communicate school-wide and agency-wide events to parents.
- Collaborative with general education teachers to align Physical Education with classroom learning when possible.
- Make contributions to school culture outside of the classroom through leadership participation in field trips, special events and other school functions.
- Work closely with special education, support staff and administration to provide necessary accommodations and modifications for students.
- Work closely with agency’s family support and youth development programs to ensure the needs of students are met.
- Work with and host community partners to enhance classroom learning.
- Complete necessary assessments, reports and records in an accurate and timely manner.
- Act as an advocate for children and families to the agency, the community and the professional field.
- Provide parents with resources that will enable them to act as advocates for their children and families.
- Participate in weekly professional development workshops.
- Attend summer professional development series.
- Attend trainings and participate on relevant committee’s 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.
- Utilize data-driven assessment, including classroom assessment tools NWEA, and BAS to inform curriculum and instructional choices.
- Participate in regular data and assessment review sessions in order 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 special events after school from time to time.
- These meetings 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.
- Must possess valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) or equivalent (required)
- Must possess valid Illinois K-8th Grade Physical Education endorsement or equivalent (required)
If you are interested in this position, please apply below.
Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.