Greensboro Day School’s mission is to develop the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal foundations students need to become constructive contributors to the world.
POSITION: Lower School Math Specialist K-4
REPORTS TO: Lower School Director
The Lower School Math Specialist works in the Lower School (4 days per week for 32 hours weekly), to promote the development of mathematical reasoning, communication, connections, and representation across a range of topics/disciplines by supporting teachers and students. The Lower School Math Specialist models math lessons in K-4 homerooms, coaches teachers how to effectively differentiate within their classroom setting during math lessons, and works in small group settings inside and outside the homeroom classroom with students who need challenging extensions and/or students who need academic support. The Lower School Math Specialist leads professional development training aligned with mathematical teaching, learning, and neuroscience.
Maintain subject-area expertise including knowledge of national and local standards and leading-edge pedagogical practices - provide requisite support, guidance, and professional development for Homeroom Teachers and Assistants in grades K - 4th.
Collaborate regularly with colleagues to ensure curricular alignment and consistent delivery of content and assessment.
Develop and update the GDS curriculum framework for mathematics PK-4
Develops Lower School math syllabi and contributes to the curriculum review cycle as needed in collaboration with the homeroom teachers, the Lower School Director, mathematics department chair, and the Assistant Head of School for People and Program.
In partnership with Homeroom Teachers, plan and model developmentally appropriate math lessons for students in grades K-4 related to number concepts and number sense, data, measurement, number operations, geometric thinking and concepts, early algebraic reasoning, and problem-solving that support diverse learners and differentiated instruction
Apply knowledge about childhood development and pedagogy that includes an array of teaching methods that are in accordance with the School’s mission, Diversity Statement, educational philosophy, and departmental curriculum and competencies
Evaluate and track student growth in math skills and knowledge utilizing standardized test data, and formative and summative assessments, communicating necessary information to Homeroom Teachers
Ensure appropriate accommodations and modifications are made for the growth and development of students in accordance with the Student Accommodations policy in the GDS Family Handbook
Provide a safe, nurturing, caring educational environment in which every student sees the teacher as an ally and accessible advisor in the student’s quest to succeed
Help students develop habits of self-discipline, personal integrity, individual responsibility, self-advocacy, and pride in their work
Establish a climate of respect for others, a commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of learners, and a collaborative approach to learning
Effectively manage classroom procedures, student behavior, organization of physical space, and student discipline in collaboration with the Homeroom teacher
Communicate with and respond to parents’ questions and concerns in an effective and timely manner through a variety of means (email and telephone) as appropriate
Plan, organize, and lead student participation in Continental Math League and/or other math competitions
Develop and lead Lower School parent information sessions about the math program and math instructional methods
Recommend after school math enrichment opportunities for students
In collaboration with the Assistant Head of School for People and Program, analyze standardized math testing data for Lower School students and make recommendations for curricular adjustments as appropriate
Participate in committees as necessary (i.e. Grade Level Teams, Student Services Team, etc)
Participate in the Professional Growth and Development Program focusing on Planning and Preparation, Instruction, Classroom Environment, and Professional Responsibilities (Danielson Framework) as outlined in the Employee Handbook
Contribute to the life of the school through the completion of assigned duties and attendance at school events (examples include lunch and recess supervision, extra academic/social-emotional support for students, carpool, admission events, arts, field trips, assemblies, and bus duty)
Assist Admissions in screening current and prospective students as needed
Model active, lifelong learning through participation and engagement in professional development, reflection, and self-evaluation
Collaborate with and seek feedback from GDS colleagues, administrators, and other educators and experts through observations, conversations, and other professional development opportunities
Attend department, division, and full faculty meetings
Follow all school policies as stated in the Employee Handbook
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters Degree or higher and a concentration in mathematics desired
Professional development in recent math workshops or conferences
A minimum of 5 years teaching mathematics in K-4
Experience leading math program evaluation and adoption is desirable
Working knowledge of best practice in math education
Experience leading the development and execution of mathematics enrichment and remediation
Understanding of child development for ages 5 - 11
Model and promote enthusiasm for learning
Proficient in the use of technology as a classroom tool that advances learning
Able to communicate clearly and concisely in both written and oral form
Able to define problems, gather and analyze data, establish facts, and draw conclusions
Able to work as a collaborative team member and manage conflict with colleagues, students, and parents
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to Greensboro Day School’s mission
Adaptive and flexible
Sense of humor is appreciated
Daily work requires supervising students both indoors and outdoors. Faculty are required to participate in regular safety drills, learn CPR, learn how to apply a tourniquet, provide basic first aid, administer epi-pens when needed, and be able to support other student-specific health-related needs. Some weekend, evening, or early morning work may be required from time to time.
Teachers of young children must be able to assist them in toileting, hand washing, nose-blowing, etc. They must be able to move quickly and frequently from standing to sitting with ease, and they must be able to sit on small chairs and the floor. All teachers must be able to provide adequate supervision indoors and outdoors, and they must be able to ensure the safety of students during drills and emergencies that may arise from time to time. Some evening and weekend commitments including school celebrations, admissions, and athletic events, concerts, and plays are encouraged as part of the job.
Celebrating it's 50th year, Greensboro Day School is a dynamic, co-ed independent day school located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our vibrant learning environment provides the backdrop for an academic program that teaches students how to think--not what to think. We prepare them not only for college, but for life in a global society. Serving 765 students age 2- grade 12, character and leadership development, unsurpassed facilities, award winning arts, and a competitive athletics program are all part of the Greensboro Day School experience.