Overview

At Explore we always begin with our mission: to foster the independence, critical thinking, and creativity of a diverse community of learners so they are fully prepared to become confident, responsible, and successful leaders.

By leading students to phenomenal achievements and the creation of beautiful works as well as being integral partners to the leadership in the growth and decision-making processes of the school, Lead Teachers are instrumental in the development of Explore! Community School. We know that schools are only as great as their teachers so we are seeking a diverse team of smart, passionate, driven educators who believe that all students can learn at the highest level. We look for teachers who are genuinely warm and kind, thrive in an entrepreneurial culture, care about having fun at work, have a track record of high performance, and are committed to high-quality, progressive instruction. In return, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, the best classroom supply budget we’ve ever seen, a culture in which teachers are truly valued and trusted to make decisions in the best interests of their students, extensive professional development, and the opportunity to be an integral member of the fun and supportive team building one of Nashville’s most awesome schools. To apply, please submit your résumé and a letter of introduction to jdriskell@explore.school.

Responsibilities

  • Create a positive, supportive classroom culture that promotes joy, self-discipline and Explore’s Core Values
  • Plan and implement creative, organized, and engaging lessons based on Tennessee State Standards
  • Design and implement cross-curricular, project-based learning units of study
  • Differentiate instruction to support all students in the learning process
  • Work in partnership with an associate teacher and volunteers, providing coaching and direction to enhance student learning
  • Maintain close relationships with families, including phone calls, conferences, and home visits
  • Support and collaborate with colleagues to share best practices and ensure school-wide success
  • Analyze assessment data and use it to inform your instruction
  • Provide a loving, exciting, joyful learning environment
  • Be an awesome colleague

Characteristics

  • Commitment to Explore Community School’s mission, values, educational model, and celebration of the strengths of diversity
  • Commitment to high academic achievement and to education of the whole child: academically, emotionally, socially, and physically
  • Commitment to ensuring a joyful environment for students, families, and staff
  • Understanding that family involvement is integral to student success
  • Belief that children can make a significant contribution to the school, community, and the world
  • Self-starter interested in working in a fast-paced, start-up environment that requires flexible roles

Qualifications

  • Experience in teaching elementary students, preferably consistently incorporating Project-Based Learning (Note: Explore! does not place first-year teachers in Lead Teacher positions)
  • Demonstrated strong classroom and time management skills
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a team with a commitment to his/her own learning and professional development
  • Experience designing and implementing readers and writers workshop within a balanced literacy curriculum
  • Capacity to teach mathematics and science using inquiry-based and hands-on methodology
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Additional skills that enhance students’ academic experience (e.g. multi-lingual, musician, carpentry, knock-knock jokes, etc.) highly sought