Use researched-based best practices to provide creative teaching in English, Language, Arts and Reading to reach the whole student: academically, spiritually, socially, and physically.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
(Other duties may be assigned)
- Teach content and skills in English language, literature, composition, and reading to middle school students.
- Prepare material and methods to develop and deliver lesson plans that include learning goals and objectives derived from curriculum standards as defined by the Common Core, the State of Texas, and the school.
- Use differentiated instruction, student-centered teaching, and project based learning methods to provide for collaboration, creative thinking, and extended interaction that meet the needs of individual students in a college-preparatory learning environment. Implement effective strategies, activities, and techniques for improving student achievement and promoting positive social behaviors.
- Prepare, administer, correct, and record pre-assessments, ongoing assessments, and summative assessments of individual learning in a timely fashion to direct instruction.
- Prepare, administer, correct, record, and provide timely feedback for assessments of learning.
- Establish clear expectations for rules of conduct.
- Maintain a clean, attractive, safe, and well-ordered classroom at all times.
- Provide guidance to students when social and academic adjustments are needed. Initiate constructive communication with parents regarding student’s academic achievement, behavior, and social development.
- Maintain regular and accurate attendance and grade records.
- Proactively use emails, telephones, online learning portals, and conferences to keep students, parents, and administration adequately informed of student progress.
- Plan through the approved channels the balanced classroom use of field trips, guest speakers, and other media.
- Attend and participate in scheduled devotionals, in-service, committees, faculty, and parent meetings.
- Use the Matthew 18 principle in dealing with students, parents, faculty and administration to bring about resolve.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Attendance/Punctuality — Is consistently at work and on time. Ensure work responsibilities are covered when absent. Attend and participate in schedule devotional, in service retreat, committee, faculty and PTF meetings. Arrive at meetings and appointments on time.
Computer Skills — Demonstrate skilled use of Web 2.0 and other technology applications for student-centered integration of 21st Century skills into curriculum and instruction. Advanced knowledge of interactive white boards and school information systems (online portals, grade posting, and school-to-home communication). Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suites and online databases.
Customer Service — Manage difficult or emotional customer situations. Respond promptly to customer needs. Solicit customer feedback to improve service. Respond to requests for service and assistance. Meet commitments.
Dependability — Use classroom instructional time appropriately and wisely. Follow instructions and respond to management direction. Accept responsibility for own actions.
Design — Generate creative ideas for teaching styles and solutions to problems. Translate concepts and information into images. Use feedback to modify designs. Apply design principles. Demonstrate attention to detail.
Diversity — Demonstrate knowledge of EEO policy. Show respect, sensitivity, and appreciation for cultural differences. Demonstrate the ability to address the various learning styles of students. Educate others on the value of diversity.
Ethics — Inspire the trust of others by keeping commitments and working with integrity and ethically. Uphold organizational goals.
Interpersonal Skills — Create and maintain a climate of respect and fairness for all students. Focus on solving conflict, not blaming. Maintain confidentiality. Listen to others without interrupting. Keep emotions under control and value constructive feedback.
Mathematical Skills — Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as grade averages. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Present numerical data effectively.
Oral Communication — Ability to communicate primarily in English. Speak clearly and persuasively in positive and/or negative situations. Listen and gets clarification in order to respond questions. Demonstrate group presentation skills.
Planning/Organizing — Prioritize and plans work activities. Plan for additional resources. Set goals and objectives. Develop realistic action plans.
Problem Solving — Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner and demonstrates the ability to develop alternative solutions. Gather and analyze information in order to develop alternative solutions. Work well in group problem solving situations.
Professionalism — Approach others in a tactful manner by showing respect and consideration regardless of status or position. React well under pressure by keeping emotions under control. Represents the school in a favorable and professional manner to the constituency and general public whether on or off duty.
Reasoning Ability — Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
Safety and Security — Observe safety and security procedures. Determine appropriate action beyond guidelines. Report potentially unsafe conditions. Use equipment and materials properly.
Teamwork — Balance team and individual responsibilities. Exhibit objectivity and openness to others’ views and ideas by seeking the counsel of administrators and colleagues as needed. Maintains a teachable attitude. Contribute to building a positive team spirit. Put success of team above own interests. Support everyone’s efforts to succeed.
Technical Skills — Assess own strengths and weaknesses. Pursue training and development opportunities. Strive to continuously build knowledge and skills. Share expertise with others.
Written Communication — Write routine reports and other correspondence clearly and informatively and can vary writing style to meet needs using standard English. Edit work for spelling and grammar. Able to read and interpret documents such as lesson plans, procedure manuals, and safety rules.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS in Education, Liberal Arts, English and/or Literature) from an accredited four-year college or university and a minimum of three years related classroom teaching experience, preferably in a Christian school. State Teacher certification (Standard or Alternative) or ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) certification is required. The successful candidate must complete the Christian philosophy of education in-service. Specific training in Understanding by Design, Response to Intervention, or Differentiated Instruction preferred.
All employees are expected to commit to Christ and to the philosophy, ministry and vision of OCBF and to help the church to meet the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of the church family.
Members are asked to commit to:
- Consciously pursuing spiritual growth by participating in the vital experience of the church (Education, Fellowship, Outreach and Worship).
- Faithfully give at least 10% of their income to the ministry of OCBF.
- Faithfully serve in one of the ministries of the church in a volunteer capacity.
- Agree to read and function under the guidelines and authority of the Church Constitution and By-Laws.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand, reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and use hands and fingers to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds (copy paper, books, cots, supplies). Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.