Upbring is a 135 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, visit Upbring.org.
Why should you join Upbring?
It’s quite simple – when you go to work surrounded by people just as passionate as you, it doesn’t feel like work.
At Upbring, we’re changemakers determined to create a world where all children are loved, protected and cherished. Inspired by faith, we are both warriors and servants for children and families. We’ve been helping children thrive for more than 135 years, and we’re not stopping. Our mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. And as we accomplish this mission, we have an opportunity to shape not only the way we deliver our programs and services, but shape the way Texas treats children.
The children we serve have dreams, talent and so much potential – but they need dedicated, skillful and compassionate individuals to help them succeed. Our employees are champions for Texas children who give their all to create brighter futures. When you work at Upbring, you’re not just collecting a paycheck, you’re playing a key role in breaking the cycle of child abuse.
Upbring offers an environment of growth from within, collaboration, innovation and ongoing training to bring you to the next level. If all of the above excite you and you also possess a collaborative work ethic, take constructive criticism with ease, and desire the entire team to shine, then this could be your dream job.
The Kindergarten Teacher is responsible for developing a positive, age-appropriate, structured learning environment promotingthe growth, well-being, and development of children. The Elementary Teacher will help ensure developmentally-appropriate achievement for all children within a safe, joyful and nurturing learning environment with emphasis on loving words and loving actions.
- Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff by treating others with friendliness, dignity, and consideration
- Set professional ethics at all times and demonstrate a loving, Christ-like character to ensure students exhibit the same values
- Maintain a clean and attractive classroom environment
- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining a cooperative and learning environment among students
- Set measurable, ambitious and attainable developmental and academic goals for the year and each interim assessment cycle
- Follow and comply with Agency and TEA standards and regulations
- Structure all learning experiences that teach/lead students into a growing relationship with Christ and assist students in achieving their potential
- Develop and implement both curriculum and center-based daily lesson plans as part of a long-term scope and sequence aligned to the curricular goals of Upbring Schools, that reflect an understanding of student developmental characteristics and needs, and that respect cultural and socioeconomic differences among students
- Employ a variety of creative, differentiated, research-based instructional strategies that ensure students are actively engaged in meaningful and rigorous learning experiences
- Use a variety of rigorous formative and summative assessments to evaluate individual academic progress and adjust instructional plans to meet the needs of students
- Observe and evaluate students' behavior, social development, and physical health
- Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs, and report these signs immediately to school administration
- Maintain accurate and complete records, including but not limited to attendance, behavior, student achievement, data, grades, progress reports, parent communication, textbooks, etc.
- Keep students, parents and the administration adequately informed of progress or deficiencies and give sufficient notice of failure
- Maintain a high level of confidentiality on private and personal matters
- Plan through approved channels the balanced classroom uses of field trips, guest speakers and other media
- Attend and actively participate in scheduled devotionals, in-service meetings, retreats, open houses, parent conferences, and committee and faculty meetings
- Supervise extra-curricular activities, organizations and outings as assigned
- Cooperate and support the administration in implementing all policies, procedures and directives governing the operation of the school
- Provide input and constructive recommendations for administrative and managerial functions in the school.
- Recognize the need for good public relations and represent the school in a favorable and professional manner to the school's constituency and the general public
- Utilize educational opportunities and evaluation processes for professional growth
- Other duties and special projects as assigned
- Collaborate with team members to ensure a loving, rigorous, and safe environment across the entire school.
- Establish and maintain open lines of communication providing accessibility to students and families beyond the course of the typical school day
- Work as a team player exhibiting professional behavior and a positive attitude with leadership, staff, the church, volunteers, children, and families that reflects positively on the school and is consistent with school policies, practices, and code of ethics
Physical Demands & Work Conditions
- This position requires frequent standing, walking, and speaking for long periods of time
- Position works in a facility with and around children on a regular basis
- Lift, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs.
- Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education, or in a different field with a minimum of 30 credit hours in Early Childhood or Elementary Education
- Current Teacher Certification (Grades EC- 6)
- 2 years of experience teaching elementary age students
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement age-appropriate curriculum with emphasis on hands-on learning
- Demonstrated ability to manage the classroom and work well under pressure
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members and ability to interact and communicate professionally with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
- Strong time management and organizational skills with the demonstrated ability to prioritize competing tasks, requests, and projects and meeting deadlines
- Strong written and verbal communication; able to produce quality well-written documents, reports, and correspondence
- Ability to work independently and within a team; ability to take initiative with limited supervision
- 5 years of experience teaching kindergarten students
- Experience with RenWeb or other school administration platforms
- Spiritually mature Christian active in the worship life of his/her church
- LCMS qualification by Lutheran Teacher Diploma or Colloquy
- CPR/First Aid Certification
- Starts On: April 17, 2018, 11:28 a.m.