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St. Luke's School

Teacher - Science, JK-Gr 2

Science · New York, New York
Department Science
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation Based on Experience

Purpose: The role of the science teacher is to collaborate with the science team and teach weekly science lessons to students in JK through Grade 2. These lessons should integrate the science curriculum into other core subjects. The science teacher will have demonstrated understanding of an inquiry based approach to science for early childhood and a desire to create opportunities for students to explore the world and engage with ideas while teaching age-appropriate content and skills. We hope that this person believes in citizen science, draws on the outdoors for learning, and understands the role of science in creating a more socially just society.

Skills, Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Teach science to JK through Grade 2. Co-teach with Head Teachers in JK & Kindergarten. Teach Grade 1 through Grade 2. Willingness and ability to design and collaborate with lead homeroom teachers on science lessons for JK through Grade 2.
  • Instructing- Teaching others lessons and skills. Be able to teach independently.
  • Differentiate instruction for group and individual learning. Provide extra support and enrichment as needed.
  • Plan and deliver curriculum to students, and a deep understanding of assessment. Be familiar with Next Generation Science Standards and NYC Common Core Standards.
  • Demonstrated initiative, ability to meet deadlines, a commitment to professional development and collaboration, the ability to be flexible, and excellence in working with students.
  • Collaborate and co-teach with the science team to align the curriculum from JK through Grade 8. Assist the science team with engineering projects and labs as needed.
  • Coordination & Collaboration- Working with others in planning, integration, and execution of activities, events, and curriculum.
  • Classroom Management- Managing expectations, transitions, flow of activities in the classroom. Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Participation in a personalized program of professional development built around a process of collaborative goal setting.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of principles and applications pertaining to science.
  • Active Learning- Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. Model and embrace life-long learning.
  • Active Listening- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Attitude- Sense of joy and wonder. Have an optimistic attitude
  • Innovation- Knowledge and use of innovative instructional practices, excellent classroom management, and sound pedagogy and planning.
  • A deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and anti-bias education in the curriculum.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching and speaking to students for the full school day
  • Contact and communication with students, faculty/staff, and parents on a regular basis. Contact and communication consists of face-to-face discussions, e-mail, phone calls, letters, report cards, and memos.
  • Conflict resolution: Ability to deal with unpleasant and angry people.
  • Participate in a variety of duties, including but not limited to lunch, recess, supervision of children in transition, morning bus duty, dismissal duty, etc. May be required to be outside in cold weather.
  • Participate in and manage students on school field trips. This includes off-site locations and possibly overnight trips.
  • Participate and attend in faculty and staff meetings as listed in the Employee Handbook.
  • Participate in the life of the school, including attendance at required events:  faculty meetings, curriculum night, parent conferences, grade-level cocktail party, Christmas Fair, Spring Benefit, and school games and events as possible.
  • Be present at the school during the required work hours.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Masters Degree


  • 5 years or more teaching experience
  • Experience working with young children
  • Expertise in child development





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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Based on Experience