Working at St. Stephen's
St. Stephen’s embraces a continuum of education where each developmental stage of the child is considered. St. Stephen’s is the only school in the United States that has a combined program that includes Montessori and the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). At St. Stephen’s, we have a tradition of excellence and educational leadership that offers inquisitive, inspired and creative students a global framework for learning and engaging. This combination of curricula inspires students towards spiritual growth, creative expression, responsible citizenship and academic success in higher education.
Message from Jerri King, Head of School
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – Houston we encourage our faculty, staff and students to be independent thinkers, to value diversity and to recognize that all of us are spiritual human beings, despite different religious practices we may have.
As I interview candidates for teaching and staff positions, I have a strong desire to get to know each candidate and to understand what drives them to want to work with and teach our students.
Located in the heart of Houston Montrose, the campus vibrates with activity and joy. As the only Episcopal School in the Diocese of Texas that offers Montessori, the International Baccalaureate Programme, and the first American school in the U.S. that uses the International Middles Years Curriculum for its 7th and 8th grade students, St. Stephen’s is on the cutting edge of 21st century learning.
At St. Stephen’s:
We are committed to providing students with the best education in Houston.
We welcome all students, employees and families with respect.
We believe each of us is a spiritual human being who has a north star that guides us in what we do and how we treat one another.
If St. Stephen’s School sounds like a place where you would like to share your time and talents, I invite you to contact me.
Head of School
TITLE: Middle Years (7th & 8th Grade) Humanities Teacher
The Middle Years Humanities teacher is responsible for instructing and guiding the 7th and 8th grade students through a two-year course of study in English grammar and composition (7/8), American History (7), World Geography (8), and World Religions (8). The Middle Years program at St. Stephen’s is the launching point for our students, and as such, is a crucial time for the instructor to carefully craft the steps to prepare the students to empower themselves as they look towards the next phase of their educational journey. The teacher is expected to plan, organize and deliver programs of instruction that support the premise/core belief that all children can learn, and implement activities that promote the learning goals and academic expectations. Our diverse student population deserves and appreciates instructors who are committed and who have a passion for their work.
The academic expectations are elevated, as students are pushed to encounter their individual areas of growth, venture curiously within these areas, and emerge confidently on the other side a more dedicated and driven student. While the pedagogy is founded in the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), the teaching style is Montessori, yielding a diverse yet challenging approach to learning. The instructor is expected to receive an overview of the IMYC program and work collaboratively with the Mathematics and Sciences teacher and other faculty to apply it in her/his daily teaching, while honoring the Montessori teachings carried throughout St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.
- Develops lesson plans and appropriate instructional aides emphasizing reading comprehension, oral presentation, and written competency
- Demonstrates curriculum-based concepts using representations such as models, chalk board, overhead projector, and other standard or teacher-prepared instructional aides
- Designs learning activities that will connect in-class reading, History lessons, Geography lessons, and World Religion lessons to the students' physical world, and to other content areas
- Designs learning activities that will allow students opportunities to communicate orally and in writing with others
- Creates and maintains an inviting, stimulating instructional area with attractive student-centered bulletin board displays, learning centers and projects consistent with the physical limitations of the teaching area
- Supports the program of study, using a variety of instructional techniques, instructional media and technology
- Analyzes and uses appropriate data to guide instruction and develop assessments
- Prepares for classes assigned and shows written evidence of preparation upon request of the principal
- Demonstrates an overall knowledge of one's discipline(s) that allows him/her to teach to the student's ability levels and learning styles
- Maintains accurate, complete and correct records as required by law, school policies and administrative regulations
- Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interest of the 7th and 8th grade students
- Encourages students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior
- Communicates expectations, criteria for assessment, student progress, and student strengths/areas of growth to parents and students
- Assesses students' special needs and collaborates with school services and community agencies to meet those needs
- Maintains confidentiality of information concerning students, colleagues, and parents
- Modifies own professional development plan to improve instructional performance and to promote student learning
- Demonstrates high standards of professionalism and ethics
- Assists in upholding and enforcing school rules, administrative regulations and Board policies
- Performs other duties as assigned and expect additional requests by the Head of School
Experience: Working with culturally, diverse parents and families in an urban educational setting and serving effectively in a collaborative team setting.
REPORTS TO: Principal
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in an applicable field, master’s degree preferred. Major, or 24 semester hours, in subject area to be taught. Possessing a valid Texas Teaching Certificate or be eligible for a Texas Teaching Certificate is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Possess knowledge of school policies and mandates related to parent involvement, discipline and student achievement. Possess willingness to interact on a personal level with parents. Demonstrate organizational skills related to all Essential Functions listed above. Demonstrate patience and compassion with students, staff and parents in a variety of settings. Develop trusting relationships with parents, teachers and students. Work effectively on a team and with parents. Work collaboratively with peers and others. Possess knowledge of various cultures' values, behaviors, beliefs and traditions and strong and effective written and oral communication and presentation skills.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, and pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a signification degree.
Working Conditions and Environment: Work is routinely performed in a typical interior/office environment. Very limited or no exposure to physical risk.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: A ten-month contract – August 1 – June 4
EVALUATION: Performance will be evaluated in accordance with the provision of the school’s policy on evaluation of faculty and staff.
ST. STEPHEN’S COMPETENCIES:
Mission Advancement: The teacher models the St. Stephen’s Core Values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to respecting the needs of the customers of the school and church (e.g. faculty, students, parents, clergy, parishioners, etc.) Cultivates relationships which support the mission of the church and school.
Collaboration: The teacher champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.
Operational Effectiveness: The teacher helps to provide others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds oneself accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress
Personal Growth: The teacher shares new insights. Facilitates change, models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to date knowledge and skills in technology.
How to Apply:
· If you are interested in applying, please send a resume, a cover letter as well as three references to: Principal Nahla Nasser – email@example.com
This above Job Description is not intended to be an all-encompassing list of responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this position. It is intended to be a guideline reflecting the principle activities.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School is looking for substitute teachers to work with students from 15 months through eight grade. The applicant needs to indicate which level he/she will be interested in subbing. You must have had experience as a substitute teacher—Montessori preferred for younger grades, but not required. If not already certified you must go through Safeguarding God’s Children Training as required for all employees in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. A background check and fingerprinting is required. If interested in applying for this position please contact Lower School Principal Nahla Nasser.