Upper School - Health & Wellness (Physical Education) Teacher

Instructional Richmond, California


Title:                    Health & Wellness Teacher

Division:             Upper School

Location:            Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports to:        Upper School Associate Director

Status:                Full-time, Exempt


Position Summary

The role of the Upper School Health & Wellness Teacher is to promote literacy across disciplines and collaborate to assess student work, design curriculum, and improve personal practice. Teachers are expected to actively engage and participate in culture building in the classroom, as well as outside the classroom with parents/guardians. Teachers are to be present with students in the classroom, during lunch, and in the hallway while upholding norms and expectations. In addition, Teachers are expected to invest and engage in the work of developing a results-oriented, collegial and productive team-oriented approach to the work.


Primary Responsibilities



  • Create effective, best practice and MWA compliant unit and Physical Education Curriculum lesson plans aligned with Common Core and California State curricular standards; these lesson plans and unit plans are differentiated and designed to engage, challenge, and educate students about diverse methods and modes of exercise and fitness to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Differentiate instruction according to varied learning styles, including child cognitive and social development.



  • Manage a formalized student and parent engagement plan that details engaging students and parents, as well as provides metrics to measure growth and development, socially and academically, on a quarterly basis.
  • Accurately record and report student results on the State Physical Fitness Test, if needed.


Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

  • Communicate and build relationships with staff, faculty, students, and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community.
  • Commitment to become an active participant in the school community – attend weekly division-specific professional development sessions, school performances, school assemblies, extracurricular activities, field trips and conduct home visits, if needed.





  • In addition to the core class, instruct students with foundational coursework in an alternate class setting (“Marlin Hour”) and advise a group of students (“Advisory”)—responsibilities include: 1-1 check-ins, advisory family conferences, community circles and post-secondary plan support, as needed.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Work Environment

This job operates in a classroom environment. This role routinely uses standard classroom equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers, whiteboards, fitness equipment, and Chromebooks.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time. This position may also require for an employee to push, pull, balance, kneel, and lift items up to 50 lbs.



Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.





  • 2-3 years minimum of relevant professional work experience required
  • Teaching experience desirable
  • Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities
  • Dedication, commitment and resilience to succeed in an urban public school
  • Strong understanding of California’s A-G college readiness requirements
  • Familiarity with reading and analyzing data
  • Previous mentorship experience desirable
  • Understanding and ability to implement restorative justice practices



  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Skills in designing and revising authentic, culturally relevant, standards-based lesson plans for high school students
  • Ability to adapt and align with school-related initiatives
  • Highly organized, goal-oriented, and focused on outcomes
  • Ability to design a wide range of performance assessments aligned with lesson plans, instruction, unit objectives, MWA pacing guides, NGSS and California state standards
  • Ability to communicate with, teach and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, Khan Academy, Newsla, Zinc/Springboard, etc.)
  • Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude




  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • California Single Subject Teaching Credential or enrollment in a credential program required
  • Passing scores on CBEST and CSET required



  • Coaching Endorsement
  • Fitness Certification
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required