Serving students from low-income families in Asheville, NC, on the campus of Carolina Day School

Rising Grade 3 Lead Teacher

Horizons at Carolina Day is seeking a dedicated and effective teacher with a dynamic talent for creating and nurturing a lifelong love of learning in children. We are looking for a talented, passionate, caring professional who will work as a team player to be part of this vibrant program, fulfill the Horizons mission, and create a joyous, inclusive, inspiring and educational culture. Our lead teachers will partner with an assistant teacher, work with and mentor an intern, work with education specialists in reading, music, and art, and will be supported by the Executive Director. It is our hope that Horizons staff members will return to the program for multiple summers as we continue to support our students and build community within the program. This position is full time during the six weeks of the program and includes Saturday events throughout the following school year. Children in the rising grade 3 class will be entering their third year in the program.

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The Lead Teacher’s areas of direct responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design and teach high quality, culturally competent, project-based curricula to engage students in learning language arts, math, and science throughout our six-week summer enrichment program.
  • Plan and lead fun, community-building games and enriching experiential learning opportunities.
  • Accompany students to swimming lessons and field trips.
  • Lead the Horizons staff in identifying individual students’ learning profiles, building on each youth's academic strengths and coordinating resources and activities to best address his/her areas of need.
  • Participate in daily meals with the students.
  • Attend Family Night and Faculty Meetings, and execute other duties that may be required.
  • Attend required trainings, orientation and planning sessions prior to the start of the program.
  • Assist in the training and supervision of program staff, including assisting in planning and facilitating professional development and ongoing coaching for staff.
  • Share instructional strategies and student information with other staff, as needed.
  • Mentor an intern.
  • Work with staff to review assessment data and align curriculum across subject areas.
  • Develop and nurture a safe, respectful, challenging and fun learning environment.
  • Meet regularly with Executive Director as needed to accomplish goals and/or problem-solve as issues occur.
  • Help maintain ongoing communication with parents, caregivers and school year teachers.
  • Participate in the planning and delivery of half-day learning activities for students and families on Saturdays throughout the school year.
  • As needed and appropriate, aid in accessing and attracting useful resources of community institutions, the school system, public agencies, and local businesses for the benefit of Horizons.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, provide ongoing input into this job description as the position unfolds.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

In addition to a strong commitment to Horizon’s mission, this position requires a balance of knowledge of best practices, practical experience, and proficiency in the skills of instruction. The ideal candidate for the Lead Teacher position must be flexible, well organized, capable of taking initiative, and full of enthusiasm for both teaching and learning. More detailed qualifications for this position include, but are not limited to: 

  • Recommended 5 or more years working as an early elementary school teacher, with a gift for both building on students' love of learning and bolstering their basic academic skills.
  • Proven abilities to: relate well to diverse children and families; plan and deliver engaging, challenging lessons for school-age children of diverse backgrounds; and teach using effective strategies for second language learners.
  • Knowledge and skill in classroom management, social-emotional learning and specific strategies for developing children’s non-cognitive skills, such as focus, determination, empathy, and self-discipline.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the issues and challenges facing low income families living in the our area.
  • Experience designing and delivering curriculum for early elementary second language learners.
  • Strong passion for working with youth and making a difference in the lives of students from low-income families.
  • Ability to maintain good communication between all parties, to ask for input when needed, and to provide feedback to the ED and other staff as the program unfolds.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and time management skills.Leadership experience and ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Dates: June 15-July 24, 2020

Hours: 8AM-4PM daily with lunch break and planning time included in the day.

Required training (3 dates): New teacher orientation: 5/1 from 4:30-6:30PM; training: 5/2 and 5/9 from 1-5PM at Carolina Day School.

Required pre-summer meeting: Sunday, June 14, 2019, time TBD

Pay: $5000

In addition to the summer program, you will be asked to attend at least 3 of 4 short Saturday activities during the school year. Occasional school year responsibilities may grow as the program expands.