6th Grade Math and Science Teacher


Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a 6th grade math and science teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. The math and science teacher will be responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
Build classroom community through the development of CARES values (CARES stands for Cooperation, Academic Excellence & Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Control)
Consistently implement middle school student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the Middle School Director, Dean of Culture and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
Current or pending relevant teaching certification
Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral gains
Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards
Familiarity/experience with Developmental Designs approach a plus
Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

How to Apply

To be considered, please send the following to g.upshaw@wissahickoncharter.org.  Please write “Middle School Math/Science Teacher” in the subject line.

Cover letter indicating why you would be a great fit for the position and for Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School is committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourages those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply. Wissahickon Charter School does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs.