Classroom Teacher Position Description

Posted April 3, 2023

  • 2023-24 School Year
  • FTE:  1.0 FTE

To Apply: Please complete the online application.

Location and School Description: River Grove is a public charter school serving students in grades K-6, located in the beautiful Wilder Forest. Our incredible campus setting, on 73 acres of wooded and lake property, is utilized on a daily basis to provide a unique learning program that emphasizes the outdoors and place-based learning. Project-based learning is incorporated in each classroom.

Address: 14189 Ostlund Trail North, Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Our Mission: Marine Area Community School will utilize the natural resources, history, arts, and civic stewardship of the community to create and sustain a student-centered, teacher-designed, and community-supported learning environment.

At Marine Area Community School, our community is our curriculum. The school is nestled in natural amenities and part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, supported by a civically engaged, multi-generational community and inspired by local artists, craftsmen and community members, the School will provide its students with a strong foundation for civic engagement, responsible leadership and lifelong learning. Marine Area Community School is where academics lead to grounded, resilient children and a stronger, healthier community.

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications:

A valid elementary teaching license issued by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Primary Responsibilities, Knowledge and Skills Required

Curriculum Development and Planning:
  • Knowledge of the curriculum areas the teacher is responsible for instructing and ability to seek resources to continuously develop and integrate curriculum over time
  • Ability to work with a team of teachers to structure curriculum for the School and plan lessons based upon the School mission, vision, academic goals and objectives
  • Ability to work cooperatively and independently to implement lessons based upon the school’s goals and objectives
  • Attend required curriculum planning sessions and professional development prior to school opening and ongoing at regular intervals as determined by need throughout the year
Instructional Requirements:
  • Knowledge of teaching and learning strategies to meet a wide range of student learning abilities and styles and ability to adapt teaching methods to needs of student population
  • Knowledge of instructional technologies and ability to utilize computer and multimedia technology as appropriate
  • Ability to work in a place-based, project-oriented, cooperative learning environment
  • Provide instruction in the core curriculum areas for which employed; make appropriate use of instructional resources and technologies
  • Develop and implement innovative methods for providing instruction to students
  • Ability to use outdoor space as a classroom and participate in moderate physical activity.
Classroom Management:
  • Ability to work alongside other professionals and community specialists as co-teachers of students
  • Effectively engage and involve classroom volunteers
  • Demonstrate strong skills in classroom presentation and management including excellent organizational skills
  • Engage strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with students, parents, and community members from diverse backgrounds and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Willingness to build and maintain an environment for students that emphasizes community and is structured for engaged student learning
  • Utilize Responsive Classroom methods to foster community building
  • Perform classroom management duties; enforce rules governing the conduct of students; take appropriate disciplinary action with students when necessary
Responsibilities to the School Environment:
  • Assess the needs of the class and prepare requests for materials, furnishing, and supplies within the framework of the budgeting process
  • Responsible awareness and implementation of school policies
  • Attend school events as required by the school
  • Perform duties as a shared staff community including student supervision in common areas as determined by staff collectively
  • Contribute to the School’s efforts by partnering with other staff to contribute to student achievement and the alignment and sustainability of resources
  • Work with the teaching team to evaluate colleagues
  • Perform other duties relevant to the success of the school
Child Information and Evaluation:
  • Participate in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings for Special Education children, including referral, intervention, and planning phases as needed
  • Ability to evaluate student performance and to present evaluations in a manner that fosters higher student achievement
  • Evaluate student performance in accordance with system used by school; promote student achievement; maintain required student records; make related reports to the School board/ Authorizer
  • Work with the teaching team to determine which assessments, in addition to the state mandated exams, will be used to evaluate student performance
Parent/Public Relations:
  • Maintain contact and communications with parents of students and work with them in the academic development of the student; participate in parent teacher conferences
Professional Growth
  • Participate in training (far in advance of school start date) specific to the design and implementation of the school’s mission and vision: Teacher-Powered School immersed in Place-Based education model
  • Continue to seek professional growth and development in the curriculum areas for which employed
  • Work with teaching team members to identify needed professional development

Salary and Contract

The Teacher positions are offered as full-time positions during the school year. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be negotiated commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants are asked to describe their salary expectations in submitted materials.

To Apply for this Opportunity

  • Complete the on-line application.
    • Upload a .pdf or .jpg of your license, if possible.
    • Submit a resume in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.
    • Submit a response to the Primary Responsibilities, Knowledge, and Skills Required in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.
    • Include your salary and contract expectations.
    • Include your teaching philosophy in 300 or fewer words.
  • References will be requested after the initial interview.

Please submit any questions regarding this position description or the school to

Thank you for your interest in this unique and inspirational leadership opportunity!

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