Overview

We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Fifth Grade Classroom Instructor to join Our Savior Lutheran School. The ideal candidate will have a passion for our Lord, for teaching, and a commitment to fostering a supportive and engaging learning environment for fifth-grade students. This position involves leading instruction across multiple subject areas, implementing curriculum, and supporting the spiritual, academic, and social-emotional growth of students.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and deliver comprehensive and engaging lessons in accordance with state standards across various subject areas, including but not limited to English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Promote Christian religious practices through weekly attendance at worship services in your local parish.
  • Inculcate Christian values, beliefs, and ideas through the teaching of an approved religion curriculum.
  • Create a positive and inclusive classroom environment where students feel safe, respected, and motivated to learn.
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of students, including English language learners, students with special needs, and advanced learners.
  • Utilize a variety of instructional strategies, resources, and technologies to enhance student learning and engagement.
  • Assess student progress through formative and summative assessments, providing feedback to students and parents on a regular basis.
  • Implement effective classroom management strategies to promote a productive and orderly learning environment.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to plan interdisciplinary projects and activities that integrate multiple subject areas and foster critical thinking skills.
  • Communicate effectively with parents/guardians regarding student progress, academic goals, and classroom activities through conferences, newsletters, and other means of communication.
  • Foster the social-emotional development of students, providing guidance, support, and encouragement as needed.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance teaching skills, stay informed about best practices in education, and promote continuous improvement.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Practicing Christian with an active membership in home parish.
  • Valid teaching license/certification for elementary education.
  • Previous experience teaching elementary school students, preferably in a fifth-grade classroom setting is preferred, but not required.
  • Training and/or experience in classical education is preferred, but not required.
  • Strong knowledge of elementary curriculum standards and instructional strategies.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, students, and parents.
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and a genuine desire to make a positive impact on students’ lives.
  • Patience, empathy, and a nurturing demeanor to support the social-emotional needs of students.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail to manage classroom activities and student records effectively.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the evolving needs of students and the school community.

This job description outlines the essential responsibilities and qualifications for the Fifth Grade Classroom Instructor position. Candidates who possess the necessary skills, qualifications, and passion for teaching fifth-grade students as well faithful and active membership in a Christian parish are encouraged to apply.

About Our Savior Lutheran Church and School

Our Savior Lutheran School opened in 1990 when the previous LCMS-based school ministry, Martin Luther Lutheran School, was in the process of closing. The people of Our Savior believed in the value of Lutheran education, and, as the largest LCMS Lutheran Church in Louisville, understood their unique responsibility for making sure the children of the LCMS congregations had a place where they could continue their education. The congregation now has a long history of supporting the school, and some of the first called teachers to the school have just now begun to retire after having served nearly their entire career at Our Savior.

Over the years, Our Savior Lutheran Church has had a healthy representation in the student population of the school, and that continues to be the case with the majority of the church’s members sending their children to the school in addition to numerous students from sister congregations in Louisville. Even with the high percentage of Our Savior families sending their children to the school, the vast majority of the school’s students come from outside the denomination. Finally, the school includes students from secular families and those where English is a second language (specifically Indian and Japanese). Still, all students participate in weekly chapel services, religion classes, and all 7th and 8th grade students take part in confirmation class, although only those students who desire to become adult members of the LCMS participate in the rite of Confirmation.

Even with the challenge of a decline in Lutheran students, due in part to a decline in the birthrate of Lutheran families, Our Savior remains firmly committed to providing a Lutheran education that focuses on being rooted in Christ and his Word. Weekly chapel services, daily classroom devotions and Lutheran-based religion classes, and a Christ-centered focus in every subject area is integral to Our Savior’s philosophy of education. In keeping with a district resolution that was passed at the 2022 Indiana District Convention, Our Savior Lutheran School is looking to begin to integrate more classical education approaches to our curriculum, with the goal of fully transitioning to a classical school within the next five to seven years. Additionally, although it is becoming increasingly difficult to find qualified candidates to call as teachers to the school, Our Savior remains committed to prioritizing synodical training as a leading criterion for employment, while recognizing that faithful Lutheran teachers who are willing to colloquy are also a blessing to God’s people, and therefore eligible to be contracted so long as they are committed to seeking synodical certification at the congregation’s expense. Our Savior Lutheran School is unabashedly Lutheran in its identity and is firmly dedicated to discipleship in the faith as the primary purpose for the school. In the end, we believe God will honor our commitment to our Lutheran ideals, and we will remain faithful to those ideals even as He has remained faithful to us during our 33 years of operation.