Overview

We are seeking a passionate and dedicated Middle School Math and Science Teacher to join Our Savior Lutheran School. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable in both math and science disciplines, with the ability to engage and inspire students in grades 6 through 8. This position involves designing and implementing curriculum, fostering a positive learning environment, connecting concepts and objectives to Christ as the author of all truth and wisdom, and supporting students’ academic, personal, and spiritual growth.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive lesson plans aligned with National Lutheran School Association standards for math and science subjects.
  • 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 engaging and interactive learning experiences that cater to diverse learning styles and abilities.
  • Utilize various instructional strategies, technologies, and resources to enhance student understanding and engagement.
  • Assess student progress regularly through formative and summative assessments, providing timely feedback to students and parents.
  • Foster a supportive classroom environment where students feel valued, respected, and encouraged to participate.
  • Establish clear and consistent classroom expectations, routines, and behavior management strategies.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to plan interdisciplinary projects and activities that integrate math and science concepts.
  • Communicate effectively with parents/guardians regarding student progress, academic concerns, and classroom activities through conferences, newsletters, and other channels.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to stay current with best practices in math and science education.
    Serve as a mentor and role model for students, promoting a love of learning and academic excellence.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Mathematics, Science, or related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Practicing Christian with an active membership in home parish.
  • Valid teaching license/certification for middle school math and science is preferred, but not required.
  • Proven experience teaching middle school math and science 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.
  • Ability to differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of students.
  • 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.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • 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 Middle School Math and Science Teacher position here at Our Savior Lutheran School. Candidates who possess the necessary skills, qualifications, and passion for teaching math and science to middle school students while maintaining a strong Christian identity 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.