Employment Opportunities at Foothills School


-1 class, 5 days per week –

EXPERIENCE: An ongoing bachelors or masters degree in education / mathematics degree considered; a completed undergrad or ongoing masters preferred. Demonstrated ability to work with younger people, strong interpersonal skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively as well as solo.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: the successful candidate will:

- conduct pre-assessments to determine appropriate curriculum progression with set curriculum (ex: TERC's Investigations curriculum, or, Pearson / Scott Forseman's Investigations 7th grade course).

- Use teaching strategies such as introduce problems of the day to students, present puzzles based on covered concepts, ask students to demonstrate and communicate their learning, have students work on problems individually and in pairs, provide direct instruction, and develop problem-based approaches to teaching elementary grade math skills and concepts.

- Provide and review low frequency homework assignments.

- Use appropriate supplemental resources (ie. web-based, programs/apps, applied experiences) to support text-based curriculum.

- Provide appropriate assessments and communicate results to students/parents.

SKILLS: the successful candidate will:

- Have a strong understanding of elementary grade math concepts and procedures including, but not limited to:

addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of integers; recognize patterns in numbers, basic 2-D geometry concepts, use and name associative, commutative, and distributive properties to solve equations; add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and decimals; apply rules of exponents and scientific notation; find ratios and probabilities; understand patterns, relations, and functions; represent and interpret linear relationships in words, tables, graphs, and equations, and make connections among the representations; represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using algebraic symbols; use of x- and y- intercept to solve linear equations; use of Pythagorean theorem to solve problems; execute operations with monomials and polynomials; analyze change in various contexts; and solve equations with variable on both sides

- Guide the learning process toward achievement of curriculum goals and implementation of personal learning goals of students.

- Demonstrate effective planning and organization for instruction.

- Adapt materials and instruction to the learning styles and abilities of students.

- Use creative instructional methods and procedures and adapts effectively to unusual situations.

- Motivate students to achieve at their highest level of ability and potential through classroom activities, assignments, relationships, participation, and feedback; holds high expectations and demonstrate sensitivity to different learning styles.

- Use resources effectively to support learning activities.

- Demonstrate strong inquiry skills, which include the art of questioning, independent thought, communicating, reflection, willingness to revise, and flexibility of thinking.

TIMING: School year 2015-16 School year (25 August -- 03 June) - 0830-0930 Mon-Fri
(5 instruction hours + 1 prep hour per week-on own schedule) for 37 weeks. Standard Holidays.

COMPENSATION: Dependent upon experience


Send brief letter of interest and resume to

Robbie Prokop, ( rprokop@foothillsschool.org ) or phone: 208.331.9260

Kindergarten Teacher

Long Term Substitute Full Time

Foothills School of Arts and Sciences is an accredited PreK-9 independent school of 150 students in Boise, Idaho. Foothills School uses a progressive educational approach that emphasizes challenging inquiry based instruction, with active and collaborative experiences, and a whole child emphasis. Curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking are core elements of the program. The school embraces each student’s unique strengths and contributions, guiding them to self-confidence and self-reflection.

Position Summary: The Kindergarten teacher collaborates with a teaching team to instruct students in literacy, reading, writing, social studies and social skills, math, science and project based learning. The teacher assesses student progress and reports to parents on a regular basis.

The position is full time (1.0 FTE) for 4-5 months, exempt position. It begins in August 2015. Foothills School offers a competitive salary and benefits.

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelors degree and training in elementary education and/or early childhood education.
  • Minimum of 1 year teaching experience in early childhood or elementary grades
  • Understanding of and comfort with child-centered, experiential and project-based learning
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet needs of individual children
  • Knowledge of current learning theories and child development
  • Strength in social-emotional learning and student guidance
  • Experience in curriculum development
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a teaching team
  • Demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication with students and parents
  • Creative and insightful
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Passion for teaching children
  • Active learner who will go the extra mile

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Instruct students in reading, writing, math, social studies, science, social skills, and project based learning.
  • Develop curriculum and coordinate scope and sequence
  • Instruction based on experiential and project-based pedagogy
  • Assess student learning to inform instruction
  • Differentiate instruction to meet individual needs
  • Create a positive and nurturing class environment
  • Work cooperatively with colleagues to create integrated instructional units
  • Lead parent-teacher conferences
  • Communication with parents using a variety of methods
  • Engage in continuing professional development
  • Organize and lead field trips and experiential activities
  • Participate in activities outside the school day (Open House, Back to School Night, three overnight fieldtrips)

If you are interested in this position please send a resume, cover letter and two letters of reference with contact information to kmcclay@foothillsschool.org or to the address below by May 1st. No phone calls please. Prior to applying visit the Foothills School of Arts and Sciences website at www.foothillsschool.org

Foothills School of Arts and Sciences is an equal opportunity employer. The School strives to provide equal opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, physical or mental disability, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Minorities and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

After School Program Director

Foothills School of Arts and Sciences is an accredited PreK-9 independent school of 150 students in Boise, Idaho. Foothills School uses a progressive educational approach that emphasizes challenging inquiry based instruction, with active and collaborative experiences, and a whole child emphasis. Curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking are core elements of the program. The school embraces each student’s unique strengths and contributions, guiding them to self-confidence and self-reflection.

Foothills School seeks an After School Program Director who would lead from 3:00 pm-5:45 pm during school days starting at 1:30 p.m. with some days . Some school vacation days may also be included. The position involves creating after care program elements like activities, moving safely to the park, monitoring outdoor play, snack, homework help, etc. Students in the program range from preschool to grade 6.

Qualifications include:

1. Experience with children in preschool or elementary grades. A B.A. is preferred, but not mandatory.

2. Classroom experience with primary grade students

3. Strong communication skills with children and parents

4. Outgoing and excited about being with children

5. Responsible and able to take initiative

6. Collaborative and positive person

7. Supportive of social emotional growth

Interviews will be held immediately until the position is filled. To apply, email or send a cover letter, resume and one professional reference to Katie McClay kmcclay@foothillsschool.org , Foothills School. Emails should have the subject line "After Care Teacher--(your name)". No phone calls, please.

To send applications, mail to:

Foothills School of Arts and Sciences

Attn. Katie McClay

618 S. 8th Street

Boise, ID 83702

Open Application: Faculty Positions

Foothills School has an open application process for qualified candidates for full- and part-time teaching positions, grades Pre-K to 9th. The school seeks candidates with a commitment to deep and rich education, collaborative team teaching, a particular interest in inquiry-based education, and a proven capacity to differentiate educational experiences at the classroom level.

For faculty positions at Foothills School:
  • A Bachelor's Degree is required (with rare exceptions).
  • A Master's Degree and direct classroom teaching experience preferred.
  • Expertise and specialized training in specific discipline(s) and/or grade levels.
  • A diverse educational and experiential background is also preferred to offer the best potential for success in our unique environment.

A teaching certification is not required for applicants to Foothills School.

A hard copy application packet should include:
  • cover letter
  • statement of educational philosophy
  • resume/CV
  • three letters of recommendation
  • an application: printable PDF Version

You may opt to complete the application process online - find the Application Form here, which allows for the attachment of the supporting documents (cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, resume/CV, letters of recommendation).

Application materials for teaching positions should be submitted to Jon Ninnemann, Head of School, 618 South 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702, or faxed to 208.331.3082.

Nondiscrimination Policy: Foothills School of Arts and Sciences does not discriminate on a basis of age, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other classifications protected by law, in all of its operations.
An independent school serving pre-school through 9th grade.

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