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CalWest's client school, Pilgrim School, is seeking an elementary lead teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Pilgrim's mission is to nurture the mind, spirit, and moral awareness of each student.

Summary of the Position: At Pilgrim School, the success of our students is directly connected to the success of our teachers. As such, the Elementary Classroom Teacher is responsible for the cognitive development, physical development and social-emotional growth of the students at our school. The teacher is part of a team and must be able to work collaboratively with others to plan and implement age-appropriate lessons, use a standards based grading system, and implement curriculum as established by the school, state, and nation. Elementary Teachers are part of the larger Pilgrim School Community and are expected to participate in school events as proposed by the Director of the program. Communication with parents, too, is an integral part of the job and this individual must be willing to communicate directly, honestly, and frequently.


  • BA/BS with Multiple Subject, Clear Teaching Credential
  • 3 or more years experience in Independent Schools (No Independent School experience will be considered).

Duties & Responsibilities: Elementary School Teacher (Grades K-5) include but are not limited to-

Classroom Management

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
  • Resolving Conflicts between students by addressing complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts.

Planning & Teaching

  • Prepare materials and lessons for class activities.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs, or enrichment activities for students requiring extra help or advanced studies.
  • Collaborate with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Use computers, audiovisual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Use formative and summative assessments to evaluate and report on student progress throughout the school year.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

Professional Development

  • Participation in weekly Professional Learning Community activities
  • Desire to grow professionally
  • Willingness to be observed by Division Head and/or co-workers during the year and receive feedback; willing to do the same for others.


  • Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems and children's progress.
  • Maintain ongoing, dated documentation on students where appropriate.


  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of elementary school programs.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.


  • Knowledge of or willingness to use Standards Based Grading Systems and organize grade book by learning categories (Strands) and learning targets (Standards/Skills).
  • Reading & Writing -- Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Experience with the instructional methods of Units of Study in Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop by Lucy Caulkins.
  • Technology - ability to use technological tools to enhance student learning and communicate with parents, ie newsletters, etc.
  • 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.
  • Time Management -- Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Learning Strategies -- Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • English Language -- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

To be fully considered for this and all current and anticipated openings, we encourage you to upload your cover letter and resume to our website here: (Current CalWest candidates need not apply here. Please email us at

Please note: While we appreciate your interest, due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to all applicants or give individual application status updates; candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

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