Elementary Crew Lead Teacher

Job description

Is this the right position for you?

Use this list to help you learn about our school and consider this amazing opportunity! If many of your values, experiences, and skills align, we encourage you to apply!

⬜  You are philosophically aligned with Odyssey & EL Education’s Core Practices.

You have experience teaching in either an EL school OR a school with similar tenets. Maybe you are new to the craft of teaching, but our mission and EL’s core practices align with your own beliefs about teaching and learning. 

⬜  You have a passion for literacy and math.

You love reading and writing and math, and want to share this passion with students. You know how to support the 5 components of reading development within a literacy block: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. You have experience with content-based literacy and explicit reading instruction such as the Orton-Gillingham method. You believe that conceptual understand in mathematics is as equally important as fluency. Your experience includes teaching the math mathematical practices using curriculum including Bridges and EngageNY.

⬜  You think elementary students are the best!

You have a strong understanding of child development. You have a repertoire of practices that support the engagement and growth of young learners.  You consider the whole child in your planning and instruction. You believe that elementary students can do rigorous, collaborative, and high quality work. 


⬜  You are a skilled at teaching a diverse group of students.

You believe in inclusive learning environments and have experience working with diverse learners. You believe in the need to hone your instructional practice to maximize the engagement and academic growth of all students. 

⬜  You are skilled at using data to inform instruction and decision-making.

You understand that just because you taught it, doesn’t mean that your students learned it. You have experience reviewing and analyzing formative and summative assessment results and working to build action plans or identify next steps. You also value analyzing other data points to inform decision-making, professional development, and student support processes (e.g. Multi-Tiered System of Supports).

⬜  Your organizational skills rock!

Need to find that set of papers you collected yesterday? No problem!  Need to help a students create and maintain systems to stay on top of their supplies? You have this!  You have systems and structures to keep your own work and thinking organized.

⬜  You create a culture that nurtures the philosophy “Crew Not Passengers.”

You are skilled at building a culture of respect, responsibility, caring & fun.  Your students own the phrase “crew not passengers,” and are committed to collaborating toward quality work and citizenship.  You value family involvement and have experience working directly with parents/guardians.

⬜  You are a tenacious learner.

As much as you love teaching students, you also love learning.  You are ready to stretch yourself, try new things, share ideas, and spread your adventurous nature through the Odyssey community, whether on camping trips, during professional development, or in the classroom. 


Overview of Responsibilities

  • Design and implement two learning expeditions per year aligned with the Odyssey curriculum map and the EL core practices.

  • Design and implement language arts  and math curriculum aligned with the EL core practices and the Common Core State Standards.

  • Develop strong relationships with students, families and staff.  

  • Consistently use instructional practices that are engaging and promote equity and high expectations.
  • Utilize effective assessment practices to understand learning and to shape instruction.

  • Help students understand, reflect on, and take responsibility for their own learning.

  • Work with your teammate, intervention staff & administration to meet needs of ALL students.

  • Communicate effectively with students, parents/guardians and other staff members.

  • Demonstrate and foster a commitment to character through challenging academic work, service, adventure trips and crew.


Cover Letter

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter which includes reflection on this job opportunity. Help us understand what makes you a great match for Odyssey’s elementary lead teacher position.

Additional Materials

Along with the letter, please email the following:

  1. Up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae that gives a full picture of your professional and educational experiences in and outside of the field of education.

  2. One piece of ‘evidence’ that may help set you apart from our strong candidate pool.  A few ideas to get your juices flowing: high quality student work, videos, amazing unit plans, student quotes.

  3. List of professional references including capacity in which you know each person, affiliation, current employment, email and phone contact information, acknowledgement that the school has permission to communicate with these individuals as part of the hiring process.