Shorecrest Preparatory School, a PK-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, Florida is accepting applications for an elementary physical education teacher for the 2020-2021 school-year. The school’s approach to teaching strikes a balance between the progressive and the pragmatic, developing lifelong learners who excel not only in colleges and universities, but also in their professional and personal adult lives. The School is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff and families; Shorecrest seeks applications from candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported.
The ideal candidate is a progressive and passionate educator. They have the desire to grow in an innovative professional learning community, is enthusiastic about teaching and learning, and is current with best practices. Candidates must be willing to coach two sports successfully, collaborate with faculty and families, be flexible in order to meet the needs of the school community, and committed to the school’s vision, educational approach, and strategic plan (to review the Shorecrest Strategic Plan, please visit www.shorecrest.org/vision2018).
Provides physical education instruction to students in the Experiential and Lower Schools, grades Alpha through fourth
Prepares lessons that are age appropriate, engaging, and meets the needs, interests and abilities of students
Coaches two competitive team sports per year in MS or US
Designs and plans a child centered, differentiated PE curriculum and assessments grounded in best practices and guided by the National PE Standards
Plans, evaluates, revises curricula, course content, course materials and methods of instruction based upon movement concepts and desired fitness
Uses effective class management techniques that are aligned with the school’s Responsive Classroom approach to insure effective learning
Assesses and documents student growth. Writes narrative progress reports on students and provides “grades” for effort and conduct
Maintains expertise in physical education and pedagogy through professional development
Collaborates with other faculty, staff, and specifically the PE Department as a whole
Engaged in the life of the school beyond professional responsibilities
Communicates and meets with families, returns phone calls, writes weekly blog, and emails and notes in a timely manner
Supervises lunch duty once a week, Before Care on a rotation with other special subject teachers, and helps supervise other school-wide special events’
Develops and implements a professional growth plan
Leads professional development and parent workshops
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence
Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of the Lower School and Athletic Director
Bachelor’s degree or post graduate work in Physical Education and/or related field
An affinity for working with children
Committed to inclusion and issues of social justice & equity
Strong verbal and written communications skills
Demonstrated leadership and facilitative skills in an independent school environment
Positive, high energy and demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment
Passionate about teaching and learning
Warm, friendly, outgoing and committed to excellence
Proficient in using technology and web tools
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
Works in a highly stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts
Be able to occasionally lift up to 40 lbs.
Works primarily in a gymnasium or outdoor environment which may include outside weather conditions consisting of extreme heat and cold
May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time
Interested candidates should submit a resume, letter of interest, educational philosophy and contact information for three references to Mrs. Melissa Lotz at MLotz@shorecrest.org by March 18.
About Shorecrest Preparatory School
Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is one of the oldest independent schools in Florida serving approximately 950 students from PK to Grade 12. Last year, more than 60% of its graduates matriculated to universities outside the state of Florida. Its curriculum is challenging and offers students multiple opportunities for advanced study through its extensive AP program, advanced elective offerings, and an Independent Study option. St. Petersburg is a vibrant and growing city, named as one of the world’s most attractive small cities for art. It has a lively downtown, abuzz with outdoor concerts and markets, and it is within minutes of some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Shorecrest Preparatory School welcomes candidates for admission or employment, regardless of age, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, national or ethnic origin, and does not discriminate on the basis of any category protected by law in the administration of any of its programs.
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