The specialist teacher at MP&MS works as a member of a team of teachers, sharing the responsibility of creating a classroom community and planning curriculum and instruction for students through a supportive working relationship. Teachers work together to understand each student from multiple perspectives and use an integrated and interactive approach to learning. They build meaningful bonds with students, maintain high academic standards, teach children to engage in respectful and kind behavior, and promote a love of learning.
The physical education teacher focuses on building skills that promote mature and healthy physical development, flexibility, and coordination in students in grades fifth through eighth.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Teach assigned PE classes for sixth-eighth grades using a rotating curriculum.
Deliver a student-centered curriculum with opportunities for choice, real-world problem solving, creativity, and intellectual engagement.
Use developmentally appropriate strategies to encourage fairness, conflict resolution, and personal best.
Incorporate effective strategies for differentiation and assessment.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, and staff.
Foster communication with teachers in order to effectively discuss and support student needs in/out of the classroom.
Participate actively in faculty meetings and work collaboratively with colleagues on committees and other work to further the development of the school’s program.
Integrate explicit social-emotional literacy teaching into the program.
Defend the dignity and worth of each member of the community and create an environment that fosters respect, understanding, and acceptance of differences; always model appropriate and ethical behavior.
Be a positive and contributing member of the professional community.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Supervise middle school students before school and during recess shifts in coordination with other faculty members .
Participate fully in the life of the school.
Experience and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential or advanced degree
At least 3 years of prior experience teaching PE
A passionate commitment to creating an innovative, joyful environment for students
Ability to create an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected
Knowledge of curriculum development and differentiated instruction
Knowledge of Responsive Classroom, Kimochis, Toolbox, Mindfulness desired
Broad knowledge and an appreciation of child development
Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a teaching team
Creativity, flexibility, and a growth mindset, with interest in being part of a community of learners
Strong organizational and time management skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Knowledge of educational technology to support teaching and learning
Nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective
Marin Primary & Middle School is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary.
Work is normally performed in primarily outdoors or a typical interior/classroom work environment, with typical noise and other disruptions
Both sitting and standing are required during a regular work day
Normal vision and hearing abilities are required to interact with students, parents, faculty, and staff, and with school equipment
Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs
Ability to work at desk and computer screen for extended periods of time
Ability to turn, bend, and reach
Ability to move oneself around the campus
Ability to drive to other locations for meetings, conferences, etc.
Position requires adaptability, analyzing, assessing, calculating, decision making, dependability, good judgment, reading, memorizing, social skills, speaking, multitasking, and writing
MP&MS is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals have an equal opportunity for employment based on qualifications and merit, regardless of religion, race, sex, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military service status, or any other factor prohibited by state or federal law. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, and other conditions of employment. MP&MS also makes reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities and for employees who request accommodation for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
At Marin Primary & Middle School, we believe that it's deep connections–between students, with teachers, and with ideas–that help kids know themselves and push through boundaries in school and in life. Every day we strengthen these connections so our students are able to tackle new ideas and challenges, pursue their goals with optimism and courage, and apply all they learn to the world they'll inherit.
Serving 320 students in preschool through grade 8, Marin Primary & Middle School’s vibrant learning community is located in the town of Larkspur, just 4.5 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Taking advantage of both the beautiful outdoor environment of Marin County and the cultural offerings of metropolitan San Francisco, MP&MS asks its students to Be Connected, Be Curious, and Be Courageous.
At Marin Primary & Middle School we make education meaningful, while encouraging pride in self, respect for others, and enthusiasm for learning.
We treasure childhood. We honor and enjoy children’s natural curiosity, competence, and exuberance.
We teach to reach children. Using teams of teachers and educational methods tailored to how children learn best..., we connect with our students, build trusting relationships, and make learning relevant, memorable, and fun.
We teach children to reach. Asking not “how smart is the child” but “how is the child smart,” we guide our students to see their full potential, and we equip them to pursue it with passion and purpose.
We inspire children to make a difference. We value academic excellence, personal integrity, and community action and encourage our students to become informed, engaged, and ethical global citizens.