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First Grade Elementary Classroom Teacher

Full-time, 10 months
Effective August 2022

All faculty and staff at Almaden Country Day School demonstrate high personal and professional standards, communication abilities, and an eagerness to grow.

If you are an exceptional and caring educator, passionate about children, and prepared to work with outstanding young people and colleagues, please contact us.


Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) curricula include social-emotional and academic components. The successful candidate will embrace a student-centered teaching philosophy, demonstrate respect for childhood, and establish a warm, dynamic, joyful learning environment to celebrate the varied gifts in every child.

ACDS Teachers are expected to differentiate instruction and meet a wide range of student abilities, needs, and readiness levels. Essential to success at Almaden Country Day School is an understanding and appreciation of children’s developmental stages and a deliberate focus on building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.

The successful finalist will want to be part of a working and learning environment in which colleagues collaborate for the benefit of our students and families; we value cooperation and integration, high personal and professional standards, solid communication skills, and eagerness to grow as an educator.


  • Minimum of 5 successful years teaching experience in a private or public school setting
  • Familiarity with current best practices appropriate to lower elementary school learners, in the context of a developmental learning philosophy
  • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing differentiated instruction to meet individual student needs
  • Commitment to using culturally competent teaching practices and curricula that represent Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Commitment to 21st Century Skills, including teamwork, creativity, problem solving, curiosity, ethics, resilience, and cultural competence
  • Aptitude in promoting student inquiry and collaboration
  • Demonstrated success integrating technology as an instructional tool
  • Collaborative work style
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development and desire to grow
  • Personal characteristics: passion for working with children, optimism, flexibility, patience, joyfulness, sense of humor
  • Teaching credential or equivalent degree


  • Instruction in math, reading, writing, spelling, grammar, social studies, and social-emotional learning
  • Recess, lunch and afternoon carpool duties as assigned
  • Participation in community events, including but not limited to: Blacktop Bash, Auction Soireé, student plays, etc.
  • Willingness to carry out other duties and responsibilities beyond the classroom, as expected of all faculty (weekly faculty meetings, open houses, enrollment events, etc.)  
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and expertise with inquiry/project-based learning
  • Competence using a workshop model for Readers and Writers Workshop
  • Experience teaching Bridges Math or an Investigations Math Program
  • Familiarity with Positive Discipline

To apply, send a cover letter and résumé to:

Jane Murphy
Head of Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Overview of Almaden Country Day School:

Almaden Country Day School is an independent, pre-K through 8th grade school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. The school's mission is to "discover the gifts in every child." ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best in a high-opportunity, low-stress environment, and when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.

We serve 380 students with an average of 20 students per class. Our graduates are prepared for a rigorous high school experience. It is not unusual for half of the students in an ACDS graduating class to be accepted into high school with academic distinction or honors placement. Approximately 25 percent of the student body receives tuition aid.

ACDS strives to develop well-rounded children, with all students taking drama, foreign language, physical education, music, and art, and in the middle school, extensive choices for dozens of elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, and a robust integrated technology program all contribute to our emphasis on whole-child instruction.

ACDS parents are very committed to the school and follow the progress of their children carefully. Teachers are held to high expectations for meeting the needs of our children and families.

We seek educators who are well versed in developmental pedagogy and differentiated teaching methods, and who are committed to providing individualized attention to our students and parents. A collaborative work style and a receptive attitude toward cooperative efforts are required in our small school. All positions involve additional required duties, such as playground and lunch supervision, chaperoning field trips, and more. Administrators are occasionally called to serve as temporary substitute teachers.

For more information about Almaden Country Day School, candidates are encouraged to visit our website.

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