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Harrisonburg City Public Schools

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2890762
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : February 8, 2018

Job Description

HCPS Job Description: Teacher Great Oak Academy


Great Oak Academy seeks collaborative educators eager to embrace the challenge of creating an innovative 6th-8th grade alternative educational community inspired by Big Picture Schools. Working at Great Oak Academy will be “the hardest job you ever loved” with many complex challenges, intense demands and great rewards.  If you are a dynamic, dedicated, and flexible teacher-leader, we invite you to join our founding team as a Humanities or STEAM Teacher for the 2017-18 school year and beyond.



Ideal candidates will possess the following qualities and skills:

  • Possesses or qualify for a Virginia Collegiate Professional license with specific endorsement in 6-8th English, social studies, math and/or science.
  • Commitment to support the social-emotional and academic needs of every child in our diverse student body.
  • Capability to nurture and build strong relationships with students.
  • Understanding that family involvement is integral to student success.
  • Demonstrated classroom and time management skills.
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a professional, collaborative team to create innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Strong commitment to your own learning and continuous professional development.
  • Unshakeable belief that ALL students are capable of high academic achievement.
  • Belief that children can make a significant contribution to the school, community, and the world.
  • Ability to improvise and work through uncertainties while assuming positive intent.
  • Dedication, sense of humor and enthusiasm.
  • Urban teaching experience prefered.

Expectations of teachers at Great Oak Academy

  • Establish an inviting classroom and school culture where student accomplishments are celebrated.
  • Serve as an advisor for 8-14 students, lead a daily advisory, help develop the social-emotional curriculum, support student advisees and regularly communicate with parents.
  • Utilize school-wide, consistent approach to promoting and developing positive student behavior.
  • Teach in ways that are interdisciplinary, interactive, hands-on, project-based, and promote self-discovery and critical thinking. More information can be found at
  • Design and incorporate student demonstrations of learning.
  • Guide students to achieve high academic expectations and use data to inform instruction on an ongoing basis.
  • Emphasize and support literacy and math across all content areas.
  • Collaborate with staff and students to implement consistent community structures and develop traditions at Great Oak Academy.
  • Involve students in mentorships, fieldwork and service-learning that deepen student understanding and interest.
  • Complete narrative progress reports.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, monthly retreats, and yearly training sessions as specified including in the spring and summer prior to opening the school.
  • Chaperone overnight trips with students including outdoor adventures.
  • Be available to students and families for education-related purposes outside of the traditional prescribed school times and days when needed.




Great Oak Academy values its team of amazing educators.   Teachers at Great Oak Academy enjoy:

  • A competitive salary and benefits package through the Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • A leadership team that values teachers and provides feedback and encouragement.
  • A school team that provides support for children with challenges
  • Membership in a professional learning community that will challenge and excite eager educators with a focus on professional development and growth.
  • Fun colleagues—people who care about their work, work hard, and want to have a good time while they’re doing it

REPORTS TO:   Great Oak Academy Director



  1. Light work, lifting up to 25 pounds occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds frequently.
  2. Stand, walk, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel or crouch.
  3. Regular contact with staff members and administrators is required.
  4. Not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and meet the physical demands.


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  200 Day Contract

FLSA STATUS:         Exempt

SALARY SCALE:   Teacher Salary Scale

EVALUATION:       Performance on this job will be evaluated in accordance with school policy and administrative regulations on evaluation of licensed personnel.      


The above is intended to describe the essential functions of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of the duties, responsibilities and requirements of this position.



  • Position Type: Full-time

Equal Opportunity Employer

Harrisonburg City Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

Contact Information

  • Yeevonne Connolly
  • One Court Square
  • Harrisonburg , Virginia 22801

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