Third Grade Teacher

Faculty / Full-Time

South Shore Christian Academy, Weymouth, MA

Third Grade Teacher
South Shore Christian Academy (45 Broad Street, Weymouth, MA 02188)
Reports to
Lower School Lead Teacher / Director of Finance and Operations
South Shore Christian Academy is a Christian, Preschool – Grade 12, college-preparatory, richly diverse day school south of Boston, Massachusetts. We are on a mission to “glorify Jesus Christ by revealing truth, imparting knowledge, stimulating spiritual growth, and developing Christian character in young men and women through a college preparatory curriculum taught by Christian teachers,” so that students can be well-equipped to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God” in our world.
Job Summary
This formative process begins in our vibrant Lower School!  We are seeking a third-grade teacher to join our highly collegial and supportive lower school team.  The ideal candidate will be an avid learner and an eager collaborator committed to helping students grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually.  This teacher will teach the whole range of academic subjects: literature and literacy, math, STEM, Bible, and social studies.  (Students study Spanish, art, music, physical education, and technology with those respective specialists.)  This teacher will also have the opportunity to participate over the coming years in our curriculum review process, helping to shape and improve our school.  Our chosen candidate will embody, and actively seek to grow in, SSCA’s “Characteristics of Professional Excellence.”

This is a full-time, salaried teaching position with generous health benefits and standard school vacations. Resume and cover letter of interest should be uploaded to this application form.

Job Specific Duties
In addition to normal teaching responsibilities, other areas of responsibility include:
  • Implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses the whole child.
  • Planning a daily routine that creates a balance in the day and fits within the broader school schedule.
  • Communicating regularly with parents and/or guardians about class and school activities, as well as their son’s or daughter’s progress in the class.
  • Fostering a positive, encouraging, whimsical, and supportive environment.
  • Supervising children at all times.
  • Working closely with the Kindergarten aide and other early education faculty staff to ensure a sense of continuity of quality and approach.
  • Overseeing Kindergarten aide.
  • Contributing to school improvement initiatives, including participating in meetings, collaborative work, and professional development activities.
  • Support Admissions and Development functions, including but not limited to: participating in admissions events and evaluating prospective students.
Minimum Requirements
  • Must be a Christian and affirm SSCA Statement of Faith and Teaching Positions.
  • Must exhibit a high degree of cultural competency to contribute within a multi-racial, multi-denominational environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education required; Master’s degree in Education or a related field preferred.
  • Experience with, and orientation toward, understanding-based learning pedagogies strongly preferred.
  • At least two years of teaching experience is preferred.
  • Must exhibit competency in the use of technology in an educational context, including learning management platforms, word and data processing, distance learning tools, and applications useful for teaching and learning.
  • Required to move about campus regularly, including navigating stairs; to sit, stand, talk, hear, see; and to lift loads of 30 lbs.
  • Must be able to perform all job functions, or modified functions, remotely if required or deemed necessary by the Head of School.
  • SSCA conducts background checks and employment authorizations.
Essential Responsibilities
  • Planning and curriculum design: maintain understanding-based learning goals for students; develop assessments that measure student learning relative to those goals; develop units, lessons, and activities that help students to learn and grow accordingly.
  • Instruction: systematically guide students in daily learning activities, including direct instruction, application and practice, exploratory activities, hands-on projects, and public exhibitions of learning.  Provide formative and summative feedback to help students grow in their understanding; engage students in metacognitive activities to help them monitor their own goals and progress.
  • Mission alignment: Construct learning experiences designed to “stimulate spiritual growth and develop Christian character” in students, in keeping with the SSCA mission statement.  Conform to the school’s philosophy of education and stated Characteristics of Professional Excellence.
  • Integrated approach: Construct learning experiences that help students to see the relevance of Biblical principles and the cross-disciplinary interconnectedness of knowledge.
  • Student support: find ways to help students succeed when they encounter difficulties; make productive use of technology and differentiate instruction to meet various students’ needs and interests.
  • Classroom management: maintain clear, high expectations for student behavior, and cultivate a classroom culture that is orderly, productive, respectful, supportive, and joyful.
  • Discipleship: cultivate the spiritual growth of students through prayer, Bible study, and spiritual conversations.
  • Collegiality: actively support colleagues in their own journeys as educators, and participate enthusiastically in collaborative ventures.
  • Institutional support: demonstrate support for the school’s mission, board, administration, and school-wide improvement efforts such as accreditation.
  • Communication: keep parents informed of students’ progress; maintain up-to-date academic records and submit reports in a timely manner.  Provide timely and helpful feedback to students about their work.
  • Multiculturalism: consistently promote understanding, respect, and humility among students of various cultural and racial backgrounds, affirming the image of God in each student.
  • Professionalism: Follow all expectations regarding the HOS’s understanding of professionalism, including dress code, social media practices, communication protocols, and collegiality.
Other Duties
  • Fulfill assigned duties during and outside of school hours. This may include supervising students, conducting field trips, overseeing special activities, advising student organizations, and other duties.
  • Support Admissions and Development functions, including but not limited to: participating in admissions events, hosting “shadow students,” and evaluating prospective students.
  • Collaboratively set individual and school-wide professional development goals keyed to SSCA’s Characteristics of Professional Excellence; participate in on and off-campus professional development activities.
  • Attend and participate in all faculty meetings and trainings.
  • Read and be familiar with all policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time by HOS.
This position will begin in August 2024.

South Shore Christian Academy

Weymouth, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
All Gender