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Elementary School Teacher


This is a Full-time position in Traverse City, MI posted May 13, 2021.

An Elementary School teacher at Old Mission Peninsula School (OMPS) is responsible for the education of Elementary students assigned to his or her class, and is responsible for working with students, parents, other teachers and staff, and the school leadership toward achieving the mission and goals of OMPS. An Elementary Teacher is responsible for teaching core academic disciplines in the content areas of EL Language Arts, social studies, science and mathematics with enthusiasm, rigor, and passion. Teachers must embrace and are responsible to fully implement the EL inspired curriculum, increase individual and group student achievement and use data to implement and adjust research-based strategies that provide an optimal learning experience for each student. Teachers should embrace a growth mindset, a culture of collaboration, and lifelong learning. Classroom teachers report to the Principal.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the vision and mission of Old Mission Peninsula School.
  • Model enthusiasm for learning.
  • Implement the principles and components inspired by the Expeditionary Learning curriculum. Teachers in their first year at OMPS are expected to commit to learning these models by attending various professional development meetings and conferences (which may be held throughout the summer) and during the school year.
  • Strategically plan the years learning objectives.
  • Work with Special Education staff to plan for and meet the needs of students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and English Language Learners (ELLs). Differentiate instruction and provide accommodations and supports as needed. Actively seek to improve knowledge and skills to better address the needs of special education students and ELLs.
  • Develop and revise clear criteria and standards for quality work and regularly examine student work to ensure that it meets increasingly higher standards of quality.
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of student work using multiple assessment tools including anecdotal records, performance assessments with rubrics, exams, and individualized assessments as appropriate. Use assessment data to plan for instruction and to set short and long-range goals. Ensure collection and submission of data.
  • Regularly analyze student data to improve instruction and make program recommendations and improvements.
  • Uphold and support the school-wide discipline policies.
  • Structure an EL inspired classroom environment that is developmentally appropriate, student centered, print-rich and well organized.
  • Meet/plan regularly to ensure consistency of program and curriculum implementation.
  • Actively participate in Professional Development meetings and contribute to sessions by sharing ideas, student work, offering and accepting feedback, and facilitating some sessions or discussions.
  • Conduct conferences with parents for the purpose of sharing results and making recommendations.
  • Support parents in understanding the instructional approach at OMPS through regular communication.
  • Record grades, report attendance, complete report cards, and access online educational materials as directed.
  • Assist the School Leadership in other duties as requested.

Our ideal candidate

  • Believes that great teaching can transform the world and that perseverance pays off.
  • Believes that all students can achieve at the highest levels.
  • Is a strategic thinker and proactive, creative, problem-solver.
  • Effectively balances the larger vision and plan for the school with ensuring the day-today operations.
  • Thrives in a forward-thinking, changing, and continually growing environment
  • Is a team player.
  • Is able to take risks to do what is best for students.
  • Has excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Is willing to grow professionally through further academic studies.

 What it means to work at Old Mission Peninsula School

  • Being an active participant as we develop our school culture and environment.
  • Engaging in significant curriculum development work.
  • Working hard to provide results for our students.
  • Working with a diverse student body.
  • Welcoming all who are interested our school.
  • Being challenged to examine your work in order to increase student achievement.
  • Engaging in a deep and meaningful way with the parents/guardians of all students.
  • Having extraordinarily high expectations for all students, staff, and faculty.
  • Being supported by your peers, school leadership, School Board and the community.


  • Bachelors Degree and appropriate Teaching Certificate/Licensure
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with parents
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to individuals specific needs
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to differences and changes in characteristics of students, programs, leadership, staff and community
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize varied teaching methodologies to accommodate students unique learning styles
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate tests and measurements of achievement
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member
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