The Orchard School Founded in 1922, Orchard is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school for 550 students in preschool through the 8th grade. Orchard is committed to advance each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open-mindedness, ethical character, leadership, and love of learning. Located in northern Indianapolis on a 43- acre, wooded campus with a state-of-the-art facility, Orchard promises academic excellence through a well-rounded education, engaging the natural curiosity of students in an active, child-centered, and experiential learning environment. We seek and strive to maintain a diverse and inclusive school community and are committed to the principles that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value the skills, knowledge, and experiences a diverse workforce brings to our school.
The Orchard School is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative Learning Support teacher to join our faculty community beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.
Orchard seeks educators who provide nurturing guidance through modeling and through essential teacher-student relationships. This is possible when teachers know their students, care about them, and see them each as individuals. It is in this essential teacher student relationship that profound learning and great aspirations take root and blossom.
Orchard expects teachers to put children at the center of their own learning, facilitate engaging hands-on project-based learning, and have a deep understanding of child development and learning differences. Orchard seeks to hire educators who possess a passion for equity and social justice, and who desire to grow personally and professionally in the field of education.
Qualifications and Attributes
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Elementary Education or Special Education with a Reading License
A minimum of three years of elementary school classroom/specialized tutoring experience preferred
Training in multi-sensory, sequential, explicit approaches such as Orton-Gillingham, Barton, Lindamood-Bell, Seeing Stars, Wilson, or Visualizing Verbalizing
Ability to instruct students with emotional, physical and learning disabilities to develop problem-solving and social skills, reading and math strategies
Display a calm nature to help reduce the level of stress in a child’s life
Model adaptability so that children with special needs learn how to adapt to their surroundings based on their disability
Use an even-tempered approach and excellent coping techniques
Understand and recognize the appropriate times to express humor
Feel a genuine love and joy for children and their chosen career in education
Understanding of learning differences and differentiated instruction
Developed intuitive skills to sense underlying issues behind a child’s behavior/challenges, along with helping through difficult situations
Ability to use multiple avenues to evaluate and diagnose children with learning differences
Ability to work with adaptive technology to support, supplement and enhance teaching and learning
Capacity to inspire others
Excellent communication skills
Willingness to learn and improve professionally
Sound judgment and emotional maturity
Ability to collaborate and work with a team
Willingness to engage in all aspects of the Orchard community
A commitment to Orchard’s definition of progressive education
The Orchard School values our employees and offers a total compensation package designed to attract and retain talented individuals who make our school successful. Benefits include:
11 paid personal days
Health and dental insurance
Retirement Savings Plan
Employer paid life insurance
Employer paid long- and short-term disability
Candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place “Learning Support” in the email subject line.
Orchard values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Orchard does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin in the administration of its admission, tuition assistance, or employment determination.
For more information about The Orchard School, please visit: www.orchard.org.