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4th Grade Lead Teacher

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New Roads School - Santa Monica, CA


4th Grade Lead Teacher
Full-Time, Exempt, Beginning August 2023



In an authentically diverse community reflective of Los Angeles, New Roads prepares young people for life by developing in them a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, an expanding curiosity about the world and its people, and a commitment to the common good.



4th grade Lead Teacher is a professional, experienced and passionate educator with teaching experience at the elementary school level.  Reporting to the Elementary School Director, the 4th grade Lead Teacher is responsible for developing and delivering the 4th grade curriculum.



  • Create developmentally, grade appropriate and engaging lesson plans which utilize given curricula, combined with project based and experiential learning.
  • Demonstrate commitment to social justice and working with a diverse community
  • Work in a highly collaborative community to develop and implement a creative and challenging curriculum
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of subject matter made visible by effective teaching
  • Provide continuous student assessments throughout the year; work closely with the Director of Learning to decipher if and when supports need to be implemented for students who need scaffolding or students who need a higher level of challenge
  • Ability to consistently differentiate for individual students based on their unique learning needs: Through observation, assessment and investing in relationships the whole child, determine most effective learning strategies and delivery of instruction
  • Provide students with opportunities and support in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills through inquiry and experiential based lessons. Lessons also incorporate the exploration of ideas, and the development of leadership qualities.
  • Attend and participate in weekly curriculum planning meetings 
  • Participate in committee work, faculty meetings, parent coffees and additional duties as assigned
  • Lead parent conferences and maintain weekly communication with parents throughout the year
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, New Roads philosophy and approach to education
  • Maintain and communicate high expectations and boundaries in a consistently kind, respectful and compassionate manner focusing on the whole child


  • Knowledge of sound pedagogical skills
  • Strong background in math, reading, and writing instruction; ability to teach developmentally appropriate diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as social emotional  learning at the elementary level
  • Experience and interest in differentiated instruction and a project-based, constructivist approach to teaching and learning
  • Understanding and experience in assessment and data driven instruction
  • Highly developed writing and organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong foundation knowledge in child development
  • Possess excellent classroom management and restorative justices practices
  • Have passion for personal and professional growth
  • Minimum 5+ years teaching experience at the upper elementary level (4th-5th grade), preferably in an independent school 
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a related educational field required; Masters Degree in Education strongly preferred

Preferred but not required: 

  • Experience teaching at an independent school
  • Familiarity with Illustrative and/or CGI math
  • Familiarity with the Science of Reading
  • Familiarity with Step Up to Reading and Writing


Interested candidates should submit application, cover letter and resume, and educational philosophy at:


The salary range for this role is $65,000 - $100,000. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably expect to pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, performance, and organizational needs.