In its mission statement, Grace Episcopal Day School promises academic excellence in a caring and nurturing environment. With around 100 students and 25 teachers and staff, Grace is a vibrant learning community. All teachers, homeroom teachers and specialists alike, get to know each child’s strengths and challenges, differentiating instruction to suit individual learning styles. The physical education teacher is responsible for creating an environment that fosters, promotes and develops an understanding of the relationship between healthy body function and exercise and motivates each student to enjoy physical fitness.
Physical Education (PE) teachers play a vital role in students’ educational success. Numerous studies in early childhood development and adult cognitive retention levels demonstrate that engaging in physical activity throughout the day increases oxygen to the brain and regulates hormones, which improves productivity and learning. Daily cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart muscle, increases alertness, reduces stress, and helps students focus. In addition to helping students stay mentally fit, physical education teachers raise the bar for students to make healthy choices throughout life -- from elementary school into adulthood. Grace seeks a PE teacher who can facilitate this kind of growth and wellness in students.
The physical education teacher at Grace:
Teaches PE to three-year-olds through Grade 5 students
Teaches health to Kindergarten through Grade 5 students
Works with Grade 4 and 5 students to form soccer, kickball, and basketball teams who play against other schools
Works with other schools to create schedules for the sports team and coaches Grace’s teams
Communicates with parents as needed
Writes progress reports three times a year
Covers duties as required
Works collaboratively with classroom teachers to support the social and emotional needs of students
Bachelor’s degree in physical education or similar discipline
Experience with young children, preferably in a school setting
Interest in working in a team setting in a diverse school community
Effective communication skills, both oral and written
Experience using standard office equipment and school technology
Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team
Preferred candidates will have:
A passion for promoting childhood and lifelong activity and wellness
An open-hearted view of children as growing and changing
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Jennifer Danish, Head of School, firstname.lastname@example.org.