Careers at CS#1

Job Description: Team Teacher
Reports to: Lead Teacher / School Director

Curiosity. Creativity. Community.
Community School #1 is a small, independent elementary school built on the principles curiosity, creativity, and community. We are Kansas City’s locally cultivated, family-oriented, one-room schoolhouse. Our small enrollment (typically 14 to 22 students) fosters self-reliance and a strong school community, as the children learn to care for themselves and each other. The multi-age cohort of students (ranging from K to 6th grade) promotes interaction, mentoring, and social bonds across ages.

CS#1 challenges students to reach their personal best while building emotional intelligence and a strong sense of self-worth. We employ a homegrown, progressive curriculum that utilizes the students’ curiosity to dive deep and learn more. Arts and language are an integral part of the school’s curriculum, as we believe creativity provides the spark that makes learning fun and impactful. We develop an understanding of world cultures and an in-depth relationship with the greater Kansas City area, as our concept of community is both small and large. We strive to develop students who are confident in themselves, their relationships, their knowledge, and their roles in their communities.

Why work at CS#1?

  • Student Focused: Guided by our mission, CS#1 does not teach to the test but to the student. We aim for academic excellence and to grow the curiosity, creativity, and sense of community in each student.

  • Structure, Flexibility: Over the course of its 45 years, the school has developed strong traditions while also revising many of its procedures and practices to keep up with current best practices, educational benchmarks, and developmental milestones. Not only do we anticipate that innovation will continue, we expect it to! Our teaching team works together to improve and implement practices that will support student success in the classroom.

  • Relationships: The relationships built in this small school environment are authentic and supportive in order for students, teachers, and families to be successful. Teachers work with students over many years, gaining a strong sense of who they are, what they can do, and where their values lay. They interact with families on a daily basis, building partnerships that support students’ educational goals at home and at school. Teachers work together to develop teaching and learning strategies to help students and the school succeed and grow. The relationships that develop out of the CS#1 community are unique and long-lasting.

What are the roles and responsibilities?

  • Classroom Functions

    • Model core values of the school at all times. Provide encouragement for growth in students’ curiosity, creativity, and community within the parameters of the academic or creative lessons.

    • Build and maintain a classroom culture that is supportive and promotes autonomy, while also emphasizing the importance of responsibility, accountability, and resilience.

    • Teach a wide range of subjects in small and large group settings as needed.

    • Communicate effectively with students to improve their performance, help them develop problem-solving techniques, and other issues as they arise.

    • Assess each student’s progress toward objectives, expectations, and/or goals. Provide feedback to students, parents, teaching staff, and others as needed to help student achievement.

  • School Functions

    • Collaborate with teaching team to develop lesson plans, curriculum, individual learning plans, behavior improvement plans, as well as operational processes that improve the function of the school and the educational achievement of the students.

    • Assist in field-experience operations, including the organization of drivers, vehicles, and booster seats for the events as well as driving and the use of personal vehicle for student transportation.

  • Community Functions

    • Participate in community-building activities such as the annual play, arts showcase, community experiences, and Community Table event.

    • Collaborate with professional learning communities and community resources for the purpose of improving student outcomes and meeting the school mission.

What are the requirements?

  • Valid Teacher Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • Experience teaching in an elementary school setting

  • Criminal background clearance

  • Able to work the full school year (mid-August to Memorial Day) with the option of extended hours

What are the ideal skills and characteristics?

  • Desire to teach beyond academics, based on the belief that teaching character, advocacy, arts, and responsibility is equally important as math, literacy, and science.

  • Ability to adapt curriculum to scaffold learning for all students.

  • Belief that children are capable, based on the knowledge that students can achieve and do the unexpected and the remarkable, as long as they have the support and care of those around them.

  • Ability to be flexible and structured, depending on circumstances. Having the knowledge and confidence to know when to adhere to each principle or a combination of the two.

What is the Physical Work Environment?

The following characteristics are representative of those an employee usually encounters while performing the roles and responsibilities of this position; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Physical demands include such things as occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of items up to 50 pounds as well as significant stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires significant time standing and walking as well as sitting at a desk and typing at a computer. The job requires the ability to hear and talk as well as the abilities of close vision, distant vision, and depth perception. The job is performed under some temperature extremes and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness. This position is directly responsible for the students’ safety, work output, and well-being.

What is the Compensation and Benefit Package?

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Anticipated salary is between $25,000 and $50,000, correlating to a part-time or full-time schedule. CS#1 will work proactively with the right candidate to determine the number of hours worked as well as a benefit package that is suitable to the candidate’s needs. Several planned breaks are offered throughout the year (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break, and other Holidays). Work year is from mid-August to mid-May with additional time in late May for preparing progress reports and over the summer months for planning. The school operates from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM with after-care provided (when needed) until 5:30 PM. The specific hours worked for this position will be determined between CS#1 and the candidate.

How to join CS#1?

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to careers@cs1elementary.org.