Lower School Teacher

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full Time
  • Experienced


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Lower School Teacher



Children’s Day School (CDS) is a co-educational preschool through eighth grade school serving over 470 students in the Mission Dolores neighborhood of San Francisco. Spanning two campuses, and home to a diverse community of students, faculty, and families, CDS is a vibrant learning community. Our teachers practice constructivist teaching; born of “learning by doing,” it is how we achieve excellent academics. We believe by encouraging children to fully engage in complex topics, and in myriad ways we are giving them tools to become lifelong learners and passionate citizens of the world. To learn more about CDS, visit our website at www.cds-sf.org.


CDS is located on a beautiful, secluded half-acre in the Mission near Dolores Park. Our after care program employs the use of indoor classrooms, environmental ed. kitchen, wood chips area and climbing structure, farm and garden (featuring eleven chickens and two sheep!), and a play yard among the largest of independent schools in the city.



Job Summary


The Lower School Teacher works as part of a grade level team to ensure the continuous development of grade-level curriculum in alignment with the school’s mission and core learning beliefs. The Lower School Teacher has demonstrated proficiency with leading and managing a classroom and as such serves in a variety of roles at the school that include classroom leader and curriculum and pedagogical thought partner; mentor teacher; grade level and instructional team partner. 


Our Lower School Teachers engage in rigorous discussion and developments that align to the growth areas of the school and division. They bring a critical lens to discussions and are solutions orientated, always seeking how to make things possible as well as identifying potential roadblocks that could come up. Our Lower School Teachers are proactive in their approach to learners, families and team dynamics. Collaboration is key in our co-teaching model so robust communication skills, wanton curiosity and a desire to lead in a progressive, project based approach to teaching and learning are a must.


Primary Responsibilities

Classroom Leader and Curriculum Thought Partner


  • Co Lead the development and mapping of grade-level curriculum and learning engagements in alignment with clearly articulated learning goals and outcomes.
  • Provide a hands-on, inquiry-based style of teaching; manage collaborative learning groups; integrate technology into the curriculum as appropriate; demonstrates effective and proactive differentiation strategies.
  • Nurture a culture of social justice, inclusion and action in the classroom through the curriculum, conversations, community-based learning, and culture.
  • Develop and implement learning assessments and approaches that will consistently and continuously provide a basis for giving students feedback and reporting student progress - proactive formative and summative assessments 
  • Facilitate the social, emotional, and academic growth of students and actively drives developments within the class and division
  • Demonstrate and model cultural competence; proactively address mistakes and misunderstanding with curiosity and a learner stance; continue ongoing learning about how racism, stereotypes and bias continue to shape children's lives and experience.
  • Co-leads and provides parent education opportunities, including Back to School Night, weekly classroom blogs, family conferences, and learning celebrations.
  • Manages the day to day operations of the classroom and keep curriculum documentation up to date.
  • Ensure timely communication with parents/guardians through calls, emails, classroom blogs, and conferences


Grade Level Developments and Division Thought Partner

  • Partner with the Lower School  Division Head, Grade Level Team, Learning Specialists and Counselors to advocate for student learning and well being.
  • Attend weekly division meetings, grade level team meetings and provide leadership and advocacy for student needs.
  • Build strong collaborative partnerships with specialist teachers to integrate curriculum and support student learning inside and outside of the classroom.


CDS Team

  • Engage actively in the CDS professional learning community by forwarding schoolwide initiatives and strategic priorities.
  • Partner with admissions and advancement as needed to promote the CDS program and mission.
  • Find opportunities to lead and contribute by joining committees, leading affinity groups, and collaborating with colleagues to sustain our commitment to innovation and ongoing learning


Position Requirements

  • BS/BA
  • Demonstrated successful experience with inquiry-based models of elementary teaching. 
  • 3+ years of experience teaching in an elementary classroom.
  • Demonstrated experience with curriculum development and/or oversight. 
  • Acumen in 21st-century learning skills and issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and habits within whole child learning practices - a focus on core academics and SEL development
  • A California teaching credential or equivalent, or in-process of working towards a CA teaching credential
  • Experience with Responsive Classroom (and/or interest in being trained)
  • Experience with Readers and Writers Workshop (and/or interest in being trained)
  • Spanish speaker desired



  • Expertly design and implement an engaging, constructivist, age-appropriate curriculum. Areas of teaching responsibility include, but are not limited to: language arts, math, science, social science, and health & human sexuality.
  • Foster and encourage the socio-emotional growth of each student, and create a physically and emotionally safe classroom.
  • Establish effective relationships with each family by: confidently leading 3 sets of parent/teacher conferences each year; writing biannual progress report narratives for each student; producing weekly classroom blogs; and providing ongoing communication about curriculum and student progress as appropriate.
  • Co-teaching model so two full time teachers in each classroom.
  • Participate actively in weekly grade level team collaboration meetings, division-specific and all-community meetings with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Oversee and manage classroom budget.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Strong commitment to building a learning community where the people, culture and curriculum reflect the racial, ethnic, economic and family diversity of San Francisco.
  • Flexibility and nimbleness in responding to the ever-changing dynamics of the COVID 19 Pandemic and a mixture of on-campus and online home learning. 
  • Ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, and form effective partnerships with teachers, administrators and parents.
  • Willingness to give and receive effective feedback to and from students and colleagues.
  • Commitment to developing professionally as an educator and supporting the development of others.
  • Passion for working with elementary-age youth.
  • Respectful authority in the classroom.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Proficient in technology, and able to facilitate best practice online home learning as needed. Priority platforms include: G-Suite, SeeSaw, Zoom, Apple applications.



Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered including medical, dental and vision insurance and a retirement plan.

Clearances Required: 

Required Screenings: TB Assessment Clearances: Livescan background check: E-Verify

CDS is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.


Contact Information:

  • Apply on our website at careers.cds-sf.org. Include resume, cover letter, names of 3 references 
  • Please do NOT call regarding this position. If we believe you are a match, we will contact you to schedule an interview.



Please provide a cover letter & resume.


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