Overview

We are seeking a dynamic and dedicated Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher to join Our Savior Lutheran School. The ideal candidate will be passionate about Christ as the author of all truth and wisdom, literature, language arts, and social studies, with the ability to engage and inspire students in grades 6 through 8. This position involves designing and delivering comprehensive curriculum, fostering critical thinking skills, and cultivating a supportive learning environment that encourages academic excellence and personal and spiritual growth.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement engaging lesson plans aligned with state standards for English language arts 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.
  • Teach reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and literary analysis skills through a variety of instructional methods and materials.
  • Integrate social studies content, including history, geography, civics, and culture, into the English language arts curriculum to promote interdisciplinary learning.
  • Utilize technology, multimedia resources, and real-world examples to enhance student understanding and engagement.
  • Assess student learning through a variety of formative and summative assessments, providing timely feedback to students and parents.
  • Create a positive classroom environment where students feel safe, valued, and empowered to participate in discussions and activities.
  • Establish and maintain clear expectations for behavior, academic performance, and classroom procedures.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop interdisciplinary projects and units that connect English language arts and social studies concepts.
  • Communicate effectively with parents/guardians regarding student progress, academic goals, and classroom activities through conferences, newsletters, and other means.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance teaching skills, stay informed about current educational trends, and promote continuous improvement.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, English, Social Studies, or related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Practicing Christian with an active membership in home parish.
  • Proven experience teaching middle school language arts and social studies subjects, with a strong understanding of curriculum development and instructional strategies is preferred, but not required.
  • Training and/or experience in classical education is preferred, but not required.
  • Valid teaching license/certification for middle school English language arts and social studies is preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching English language arts and social studies subjects at the middle school level, with a strong understanding of curriculum development and instructional strategies.
  • Ability to differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of students, including English language learners and students with special needs.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, students, and parents.
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and a genuine desire to instill a love of reading, writing, and social studies in students.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to accommodate the evolving needs of students and the school community.

This job description outlines the essential responsibilities and qualifications for the Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher position at Our Savior Lutheran School. Candidates who possess the necessary skills, qualifications, and passion for teaching English language arts and social studies to middle school students as well as actively practice their Christian faith 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.