Lead Teacher, Middle Grades 2021-22

Teaching Atlanta, Georgia


Lead Teacher, Middle Grades

At The Children's School, our community and curriculum intentionally reflect the world in which we live. In fact, our community is one of the most diverse among all of Atlanta’s and the nation's independent schools. Our commitment to inclusion creates an environment where children and adults are free to be their authentic selves.

We embrace play in everything we do because it is essential to the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and cultural development of our young children and young adults. Our joyful and nurturing campus in the heart of Midtown Atlanta supports students to take risks and challenges them to make a positive impact on our ever-changing world.

We are seeking an experienced full-time Lead Teacher, Middle Grades to start 21-22. Candidates should have depth and experience in a subject area and a desire to work with their subject area in integrated, collaborative project-based units. The Lead Teacher is responsible for student learning, classroom instruction and management, and curriculum creation/implementation, in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the School in the core subject areas or in a specialty area, depending on the teaching role and grade-level position.

Day to day, a Lead Teacher will:

  • Communicate, collaborate, plan, and work effectively in teaching partnerships,
  • Motivate, nurture, and challenge students,
  • Play a meaningful role in each student’s daily school life,
  • Establish and maintain a creative, self-directed, collaborative and culturally inclusive learning environment,
  • Gather formative and formal feedback about student progress to guide student learning.
Required on-campus office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and are subject to change. As an exempt position, job responsibilities include planning, meetings, evaluation of student work, team planning, professional development, etc. which may typically extend beyond office hours.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Applicable experience working with children
  • Understands the identity development and learning processes of early adolescents
  • Skilled at establishing meaningful relationships with students as a critical foundation for student engagement and academic achievement
  • Possess the following characteristics:
    • Alignment with the TCS Philosophy of Learning and values
    • Child-centeredness
    • Authenticity
    • Contagious optimism and enthusiasm
    • Playfulness
    • Honesty and Integrity
    • Collaboration-mindedness, empathy, self-awareness and reflective skills
    • Intrinsic motivation, initiative and high standards
    • Adaptation, resilience, iterative mindset and willingness to take risks, fail and recover
    • Critical thinking, inquisitiveness and boundless curiosity and enthusiasm
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Comfort in the use of digital technology and media
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree
  • Three (3) years of experience teaching children in a classroom setting, preferably in grades 5-9
  • Concentration in one of the four major subject areas (science, math, social studies, language arts)
  • Experience with student mentoring, leadership, or advisory programs
  • Passion for and experience in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion
The Children's School is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

We believe that in order for children to fully, sensitively and effectively engage in their communities, they must possess strong local, cultural and global competence. To that end, we learn from and enrich ourselves with multiple perspectives and welcome people of any country of origin, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender expression, gender identity, physical appearance, race, religious choice, family structure, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.