4th Elementary School Teacher
COMPANY: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School
LOCATION: Gardena, CA

DESCRIPTION

Our outstanding Catholic K-8 elementary school seeks a teacher for the 2024-2025 school year who is committed to excellence to join our team of dedicated, enthusiastic, faith-filled educators. This full-time position is for a teacher in the elementary grade 4th who can teach all core subjects and can provide a Catholic environment for our learners. The ideal candidate:

  • Is energetic, creative, and faith-filled and yearns to be in a school with a strong Catholic identity
  • Is committed to excellence and is knowledgeable about best practices in education
  • Has a strong ability to differentiate instruction and has real-life experience with this age group
  • Is a team player and demonstrates successful, professional, and respectful collaboration with teachers/staff, administration, and parents, and is passionate about teaching and working with children.
  • Will engage in the life and community of our parish school as a practicing Catholic
  • Is dynamic, passionate, and well-versed educator with experience in diverse classrooms.
  • Has strong organizational and class management skills, as well as the ability to communicate regularly and effectively with all stakeholders, including parents, other colleagues, administration, and students.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of the content area and be able to engage students using a wide variety of teaching strategies, updating an online Gradebook weekly on Gradelink
  • Is up to the task of educating the whole child.
  • Is highly skilled at planning, organizing, and developing curriculum to reach the needs of learners of various abilities (our school uses Planbook.com).
  • Preference is given to practicing Roman Catholic applicants.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Clear CA multiple subject credential and Master’s Degree in an education-related field preferred (English degree for the junior high position preferred)
  • CPR and First-Aid Trained (renew certificates every two years)
  • ADLA Fingerprinted and Virtus-trained (keep it current)
  • Prior teaching experience in the primary grades preferred
  • Commitment to Catholic Education and open to growing in faith through formation opportunities. Junior high attends Mass 5 days a week at 8am Mass
  • Proficient with educational technology like Google Classroom (grades 3-8)
  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Comfortable working in and supportive of faith-based education
  • Provides individual and small group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student
  • Creates effective assessments that track and ensure student learning
  • Creates and maintains a safe and orderly classroom environment in which students can learn and enjoy learning
  • Identifies student needs, and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude and learning problems
  • Regularly communicates and meets with parents and teachers on individual students’ progress
  • Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day
  • Using a wide- array of formative and summative assessments
  • Weekly Gradebook Update (Gradelink)
  • Preferred knowledge of Google Suite for grades 3-5 (Google Drive, Google Classroom, etc.)
ABOUT PARISH/ SCHOOL/ ORGANIZATION

School History
St. Anthony of Padua School, a parochial school under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was established in 1940. The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, had administered and staffed the school since its early beginnings. The sixty-seven years since the foundation of the school have been times of significant and interesting changes.

The 1940’s and 1950’s were years of intense growth for the school and it reached its peak enrollment of 1,036 students in eighteen classrooms in 1963. By 1971, the enrollment had dropped to 600 students and space became available for use as music and art rooms, a library and a faculty room. Enrollment remained stable at about 500 students from 1984 until 1989.

Since the fall of 1989, St. Anthony of Padua School scaled down the number of classrooms by opening only one classroom per grade and filling the classrooms to greater capacity. Increased operational expenses and tuition increases affected the enrollment, and by 2001, there was an enrollment of 254 students in eight classrooms. Additional space made it possible to add quality programs including the Writing to Read computer lab in 1989, a counseling program in 1991 and an after school daycare program in 1992. The library was relocated and the office work area expanded. A music room was set up to accommodate music, band, and parish/school choirs. In 1999, a $10,000 grant from Target was used to convert a room into a science lab that allows for more hands on activities and particicaption in the G.L.O.B.E. weather reporting project.

The years from 2001 to 2006 saw a leveling in enrollment at about 225 students. The school continues to offer sports programs and student government activities to involve the students and parents. The school continues to participate in the academic decathlon, numerous civic contests and writing and spelling competitions as well as track and other sports playoffs. In 2006, with the help of the PTO and graduating classes, the school was able to erect a new marquis on 163rd Street, to share upcoming activities with the local community.

At present, the school reflects the changing demographics typical of Southern California. The parish and school population is increasingly Hispanic with a good representation of Filipino, Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders and a few Caucasians and African Americans. The student body is 98% Catholic and the school staff is stable and well represented by parishioners and former students. In 2001, a new pastor was appointed to succeed Fr. Peter McGee, who was here for twenty-five years. Fr. Ed Dover was moved in the spring of 2006, and Fr. George Aguilera was appointed as new pastor.

St. Anthony retains a strong family spirit and together with an active parent-teacher organization and active student government continues to foster a warm and unique community of faith. Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence was canonized on October 15, 2006, in Rome. What a celebration!

In 2015, the school celebrated its 75th Diamond Anniversary on June 13, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua. That July, the school was voted Best Private School in the South Bay 2015, by the readers of the Daily Breeze newspaper. Sr. Ann Stephen-Stouffer was the last member of the Sisters of Providence to serve as principal at the school. She was succeed by Ms. Maria Cunanan, and then by Mr. Micah Sumner, who later moved to Philadelphia to become a mission family with his wife and 5 children. When he left, Angela Grey was appointed as the 3rd lay person to serve as principal.

St. Anthony of Padua School looks forward to many more years of service to Gardena’s students, and is committed to providing the highest level of Catholic education to all who step on its campus. Its focus is on Faith, Stewardship, and Excellence. Indeed, the school is founded on Holy Ground. The faculty, staff, alum, and students will never forget the memory of our Foundresses, the Sisters of Providence, for their leadership and guidance through the years. It is on the shoulders of giants that we stand, and we continue to carry on the torch of their legacy into the next 75 years and beyond.

St. Anthony of Padua, Pray for Us.

HOW TO APPLY

How to Apply:
Please submit a Letter of Intent and Cover letter, a resume with three professional references and contact information, and three Professional Letters of Recommendation within one year

Information/Application Contact:
St. Anthony of Padua School (Gardena)
1003 W 163rd St.
Gardena, CA 90247
agrey@stanthonygardena.org

Wage Range:
The rate of pay offered to the selected candidate is based on internal pay policy and budget. New hires are commonly paid at the minimum wage range or within the lower part of the range. We consider a number of factors when making compensation decisions, including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience, training, and other department needs.

DESCRIPTION

Our outstanding Catholic K-8 elementary school seeks a teacher for the 2024-2025 school year who is committed to excellence to join our team of dedicated, enthusiastic, faith-filled educators. This full-time position is for a teacher in the elementary grade 4th who can teach all core subjects and can provide a Catholic environment for our learners. The ideal candidate:

  • Is energetic, creative, and faith-filled and yearns to be in a school with a strong Catholic identity
  • Is committed to excellence and is knowledgeable about best practices in education
  • Has a strong ability to differentiate instruction and has real-life experience with this age group
  • Is a team player and demonstrates successful, professional, and respectful collaboration with teachers/staff, administration, and parents, and is passionate about teaching and working with children.
  • Will engage in the life and community of our parish school as a practicing Catholic
  • Is dynamic, passionate, and well-versed educator with experience in diverse classrooms.
  • Has strong organizational and class management skills, as well as the ability to communicate regularly and effectively with all stakeholders, including parents, other colleagues, administration, and students.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of the content area and be able to engage students using a wide variety of teaching strategies, updating an online Gradebook weekly on Gradelink
  • Is up to the task of educating the whole child.
  • Is highly skilled at planning, organizing, and developing curriculum to reach the needs of learners of various abilities (our school uses Planbook.com).
  • Preference is given to practicing Roman Catholic applicants.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Clear CA multiple subject credential and Master’s Degree in an education-related field preferred (English degree for the junior high position preferred)
  • CPR and First-Aid Trained (renew certificates every two years)
  • ADLA Fingerprinted and Virtus-trained (keep it current)
  • Prior teaching experience in the primary grades preferred
  • Commitment to Catholic Education and open to growing in faith through formation opportunities. Junior high attends Mass 5 days a week at 8am Mass
  • Proficient with educational technology like Google Classroom (grades 3-8)
  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Comfortable working in and supportive of faith-based education
  • Provides individual and small group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student
  • Creates effective assessments that track and ensure student learning
  • Creates and maintains a safe and orderly classroom environment in which students can learn and enjoy learning
  • Identifies student needs, and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude and learning problems
  • Regularly communicates and meets with parents and teachers on individual students’ progress
  • Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day
  • Using a wide- array of formative and summative assessments
  • Weekly Gradebook Update (Gradelink)
  • Preferred knowledge of Google Suite for grades 3-5 (Google Drive, Google Classroom, etc.)

ABOUT PARISH / SCHOOL / ORGANIZATION

School History
St. Anthony of Padua School, a parochial school under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was established in 1940. The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, had administered and staffed the school since its early beginnings. The sixty-seven years since the foundation of the school have been times of significant and interesting changes.

The 1940’s and 1950’s were years of intense growth for the school and it reached its peak enrollment of 1,036 students in eighteen classrooms in 1963. By 1971, the enrollment had dropped to 600 students and space became available for use as music and art rooms, a library and a faculty room. Enrollment remained stable at about 500 students from 1984 until 1989.

Since the fall of 1989, St. Anthony of Padua School scaled down the number of classrooms by opening only one classroom per grade and filling the classrooms to greater capacity. Increased operational expenses and tuition increases affected the enrollment, and by 2001, there was an enrollment of 254 students in eight classrooms. Additional space made it possible to add quality programs including the Writing to Read computer lab in 1989, a counseling program in 1991 and an after school daycare program in 1992. The library was relocated and the office work area expanded. A music room was set up to accommodate music, band, and parish/school choirs. In 1999, a $10,000 grant from Target was used to convert a room into a science lab that allows for more hands on activities and particicaption in the G.L.O.B.E. weather reporting project.

The years from 2001 to 2006 saw a leveling in enrollment at about 225 students. The school continues to offer sports programs and student government activities to involve the students and parents. The school continues to participate in the academic decathlon, numerous civic contests and writing and spelling competitions as well as track and other sports playoffs. In 2006, with the help of the PTO and graduating classes, the school was able to erect a new marquis on 163rd Street, to share upcoming activities with the local community.

At present, the school reflects the changing demographics typical of Southern California. The parish and school population is increasingly Hispanic with a good representation of Filipino, Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders and a few Caucasians and African Americans. The student body is 98% Catholic and the school staff is stable and well represented by parishioners and former students. In 2001, a new pastor was appointed to succeed Fr. Peter McGee, who was here for twenty-five years. Fr. Ed Dover was moved in the spring of 2006, and Fr. George Aguilera was appointed as new pastor.

St. Anthony retains a strong family spirit and together with an active parent-teacher organization and active student government continues to foster a warm and unique community of faith. Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence was canonized on October 15, 2006, in Rome. What a celebration!

In 2015, the school celebrated its 75th Diamond Anniversary on June 13, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua. That July, the school was voted Best Private School in the South Bay 2015, by the readers of the Daily Breeze newspaper. Sr. Ann Stephen-Stouffer was the last member of the Sisters of Providence to serve as principal at the school. She was succeed by Ms. Maria Cunanan, and then by Mr. Micah Sumner, who later moved to Philadelphia to become a mission family with his wife and 5 children. When he left, Angela Grey was appointed as the 3rd lay person to serve as principal.

St. Anthony of Padua School looks forward to many more years of service to Gardena’s students, and is committed to providing the highest level of Catholic education to all who step on its campus. Its focus is on Faith, Stewardship, and Excellence. Indeed, the school is founded on Holy Ground. The faculty, staff, alum, and students will never forget the memory of our Foundresses, the Sisters of Providence, for their leadership and guidance through the years. It is on the shoulders of giants that we stand, and we continue to carry on the torch of their legacy into the next 75 years and beyond.

St. Anthony of Padua, Pray for Us.

HOW TO APPLY

How to Apply:
Please submit a Letter of Intent and Cover letter, a resume with three professional references and contact information, and three Professional Letters of Recommendation within one year

Information/Application Contact:
St. Anthony of Padua School (Gardena)
1003 W 163rd St.
Gardena, CA 90247
agrey@stanthonygardena.org

Wage Range:
The rate of pay offered to the selected candidate is based on internal pay policy and budget. New hires are commonly paid at the minimum wage range or within the lower part of the range. We consider a number of factors when making compensation decisions, including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience, training, and other department needs.

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