Lower School Teacher (Grades 1-5)

Lower School Teacher (Grades 1-5) Fall 2020


The role of a lower school teacher entails creating a class environment that supports student achievement and is favorable to learning and personal growth; establishing effective rapport with students; motivating students to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to provide a good foundation for future academic achievement in accordance with each students’ ability and establishing good relationships with parents and staff members.

Because AIM is dedicated to creating a culture of equity and inclusion, candidates should value engaging in open dialogue, questioning, confronting assumptions, and attuning to all voices.  Please review AIM’s “Equity and Diversity Statement” on our website at www.aimpa.org


1.     Plans and develops lessons according to curriculum guidelines of AIM and PAIS standards.  Lesson plans must often be differentiated and tailored to individual students working at multiple levels of academic ability and remain in accordance with previous achievement.

2.     Presents specific and differentiated lesson plans, using a variety of techniques, including, but not limited to, lectures, projects, exhibits, field trips, audiovisual and library resources, computers, and the Internet.

3.     Works with the school and Curriculum and Instructional Leaders to generate professional goals and to determine a timeline and plan for achieving them. An example might be planning professional development to become a Wilson or LETRS trainer.

4.     Prepares assignments/projects and/or tests that assess student knowledge while taking in consideration specific student needs. Monitors, assists, corrects, and grades student performances.

5.     Participates in progress monitoring program in accordance with individual progress monitoring plans as determined by the progress monitoring team.  As such, participates in and prepares for all scheduled progress monitoring meetings and decisions regarding student programming and generation of academic goals.

6.     Completes morning, lunch, recess and dismissal duties, as assigned.

7.     Attends all scheduled meetings, including faculty meetings, all progress monitoring meetings, professional development meetings, mentoring meetings, and professional learning community meetings before, during or after school hours, as required by the Head of School and/or the Head of Lower School.

8.     Establishes positive rapport with students and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.

9.     Keeps records of academic performance, attendance, and social acclimation.  Reports on all aspects of student development for school records and parents; conducts parent-teacher conferences on both a regularly scheduled and as-needed basis.

10.  Prepares any and all reports in a timely fashion as required by school. This includes, but is not limited to, thorough and well-written narratives, evaluation documents and progress monitoring data.

11.  The school day is 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except during school vacations and designated holidays.  In addition to these hours, teachers are expected to spend the time necessary outside school hours to prepare fully for all classroom and other assigned responsibilities. 


●      Bachelor’s degree required / Master’s preferred

●      Special Education background and experience preferred

●      PA Teaching Certification

●      Wilson Level 1 Preferred

●      Excellence in writing, editing, and communication skills

●      Ability to positively and constructively relate to students

●      Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

●      Adaptive learner and self-starter

●      Strong technology skills

●      Sense of Humor, Patience and Flexibility

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to our Human Resources Coordinator, Cheryl Ferst at cferst@aimpa.org