18 - 5th Grade Teacher

Pueblo City Schools Pueblo, CO
Job Title: 5th Grade Teacher

Work Year: 183 days - Will change based on hours and days for the 4 day work week for 2018-2019

Department: Teaching and Learning Services

Reports To: School Principal

Salary Range: Teacher Salary Schedule

Salary Range: $35,200 - $73,200

Benefits: Fringe Benefits based on PEA Negotiated Agreement

Status: FLSA Status: Exempt

SUMMARY OF FUNCTIONS: The primary responsibility of the Classroom Teacher is to plan, organize, and implement an appropriate instructional program in an elementary or secondary learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential; Performs instructional and related duties in accordance with District policies and terms of the teacher contract. The Teacher also maintains a cooperative attitude with staff, parents, and students.

QUALIFICATIONS: 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. The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below 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.


* Valid Colorado Teaching License within 60 days from date of hire

* Elementary Education Endorsement or

* Teacher must be highly qualified in applicable content area through the following options:

* Endorsement on a Colorado teaching license

* 36 semester credit hours applicable to content area

* Passing score on a State Board of Education approved content exam (currently the ETS Praxis Series)

* Be eligible for a TiR or Alternative Licensing Program in content area

* Employee must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check and must be cleared by the Office of Human Resources

* Must be able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary


* Experience in a Title I or low income setting

* Previous experience as a certified teacher

* Knowledge of content standards and implementation of standards-based curriculum

* Ability to teach and meet the academic needs of all students ensuring academic progress in all content areas especially in reading/writing and mathematics

* Ability to collaborate with all instructional staff

* Previous experience to use data to make instructional decisions

* Knowledge/experience with the five components of reading and commitment to support and implement explicit and systematic reading instruction, based on scientific research

* Ability to use technology and integrate technology skills into the curriculum

* Knowledge / experience teaching the diverse learner especially students who may have a specific learning plan such as an IEP, ILP, ELL, 504, etc.

* Demonstrated effective classroom management skills

* Knowledge /experience with and ability to implement scientific-based research best practices

* Previous experience with and ability to utilize effective small groups and whole class direct instruction strategies to differentiate instruction

* Knowledge / experience in implementing the Title I parental involvement plan

* Knowledge / experience with Positive Behavior Support Program or willing to implement the school-wide discipline plan


* Knowledge and understanding of Common Core standards

* Ability to unpack standards and align with curriculum

* Ability to write specific learning goals, objectives and outcomes

* Ability to analyze and use multiple data sources to make sound instructional decisions

* Ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues and actively participate in professional learning communities

* Ability to use technology and incorporate/teach 21st century skills

* Ability to scaffold and differentiate instruction

* Ability and willingness to integrate reading, writing and math throughout the curriculum

* Computer expertise or an expectation to learn Infinite Campus

* Positive public relation skills, professionalism, strong work ethic, ability to develop positive relationships with school and community

* Ability to demonstrate the communication skills with students, parents, and teachers to enhance the educational, personal, and social aspect of each student

* Ability to interpret test information and data

* Strong commitment to system change and strong evidence of being a "team player"

* Ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis

* Ability to be flexible

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following statements of duties and responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level or work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of all personnel within this position. This organization believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited to assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to define primary duties, qualifications and job scope but should not limit the incumbent nor the organization to the work identified. It is our expectation that every employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the District's/department's goals. Actual duties, responsibilities, frequency, and percentages may vary depending upon building assignments and other factors.

* Provide a variety of classroom techniques and methods

* Promote high levels of achievement in relation to individual student abilities

* Use techniques and methodologies appropriate to student abilities

* Utilize current and relevant subject matter

* Use relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction

* Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to use research-based principles of effective instruction

* Organize instruction using learning objectives with clearly defined student outcomes

* Employ teaching strategies congruent with planned student outcomes

* Select teaching strategies emphasizing student involvement

* Monitor student learning and pace instruction accordingly

* Prepare effectively for class

* Prepare daily lesson plans

* Provide instruction predicated on course goals and objectives

* Prepare classroom for classroom activities

* Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities

* Establish written grading standards that are clear and incorporate a variety of graded activities

* Assure that grading standards are explained and available to parents

* Develop and maintain positive interpersonal relationships

* Model personal behaviors of honesty, fairness, courtesy, and consideration

* Maintain a cooperative relationship with administrators, staff, students, and parents

* Share appropriate information with parents and with other staff members

* Provide documentation of students' progress

* Provide timely and accurate feedback/documentation to students, parents, and appropriate staff members

* Assign and check homework and provide appropriate feedback to students

* Maintain appropriate records of student performance, progress, and development

* Build motivation and interest in learning

* Exhibit personal interest and encourage student interest in the subject area

* Maintain a current awareness of literature/activities in subject area

* Maintain an ongoing personal program of professional growth and development

* Cultivate and model a respectful working and learning environment

* Manage student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures

* Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school

* Participate in department, school, district, and parent meetings


* Perform any and all other duties as assigned by Building Administrators

The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below 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.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle, or feel. The work requires the use of telephone and using fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards. The employee is continually hearing and speaking to exchange information. The employee is required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

In an 8-hour workday, this job requires:

Rarely = less than .5 hr per day Occasionally = .5 - 2.5 hrs per day

Frequently = 2.5 - 5.5 hrs per day Continually = 5.5 - 8 hrs per day

NA = Not Applicable


Sitting Frequently

Stationary Sitting Frequently

Walking (level surface) Frequently

Walking (uneven surface) Occasionally

Crawling Rarely

Crouching (bend at knees) Occasionally

Stooping (bend at waist) Occasionally

Twisting (knees/waist/neck) Occasionally

Turn/Pivot Occasionally

Climbing (stairs) Rarely

Climbing (ladder) N/A

Reaching overhead Occasionally

Reaching extension Occasionally

Repetitive use arms Occasionally

Repetitive use wrists Occasionally

Repetitive use hands grasping Occasionally

Repetitive use hands squeezing Occasionally

Fine manipulation Occasionally

Using foot control N/A

* Pushing/Pulling Occasionally

Maximum weight: 40 lbs.

Lifting/Carrying Occasionally

Maximum weight: 40 lbs.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Employee will work primarily in a school/office environment with both natural and fluorescent lighting; fast-paced work; constant interruptions;

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants interested in and qualified for the posted position must submit an online application. Applications that are incomplete and/or not submitted will not be forwarded to the hiring administrator for review. The following will need to be uploaded with the application: current cover letter for the posted position; current resume; copy of principal/administrative license; copy of transcripts conferring required degree; copy of Place/Praxis test and three current letters of reference (one of which must be from your current supervisor). and any other materials requested on the application to verify that individuals are eligible for a Colorado License from the Colorado Department of Education.

Please note: If hired, a new hire packet will be emailed and must be completed prior to processing. Fingerprints will be required for all employees of Pueblo City Schools prior to your processing date.

Pueblo City Schools seeks to comply with state and/or federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, sex (gender), age genetic information, or disabilities in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries regarding Pueblo City Schools' compliance may be referred to the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Compliance Officer for Pueblo City Schools, 315 West 11th St., Pueblo, CO 81003 (719) 549-7162.

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