The office of the teaching ministry of West Portal Lutheran School requires all faculty members to provide classroom instruction, model the Christian faith, and to perform the required duties faithfully according to the Word of God and the confessional standards of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as drawn from the Sacred Scriptures.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Clear teaching credential or state certificate
  • Identifies as a Christian and is committed to growing in his or her personal Christian faith
  • Baptized, active member of a Christian Church (preferably the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod) ·
  • Committed to full-time Christian education


Planning and Teaching

  • Prepares detailed lesson plans according to school expectations and grade level/subject standards
  • Develops a curriculum map for each subject taught where learning objectives are aligned with California State Standards and the schoolwide learner outcomes (SLO’s)
  • Uses a variety of teaching methodologies to create an engaging and safe classroom setting where all students are held to high standards of academic excellence
  • Integrate Biblical principles, Christian worldview, and prayer throughout the curriculum
  • Incorporate technology in meaningful ways into instruction and learning
  • Adapt teaching methods and materials to meet student needs, interests, and abilitiesGrading


  • Grades all assignments, tests, quizzes, and projects in a timely manner, using the grading scale provided by the school
  • Inputs grades weekly into the student information system
  • Maintain an accurate record for each student
  • Conduct parent-teacher conferences 1-2 times during the school year
  • Submit quarterly grades by stated deadlines into the student information system

Classroom Management

  • Keeps an accurate record of all attendance and tardies for each student
  • Maintains discipline in the classroom to ensure maximum learning
  • Establish and maintains standards of student behavior to provide an effective learning environment
  • Provides an uncluttered, healthy, and neat classroom that promotes a good learning and working environment


  • Communicate with students, parents, other faculty, staff, counselors, and administrators regarding academic and behavioral issues
  • Returns phone calls, messages, and emails within 24 hours
  • Keeps an accurate record of all communications with parents
  • Maintain appropriate professional interaction with students, parents, administrators, co-workers, and other colleagues

Meetings and Events

  • Participates in daily faculty devotions
  • Attends weekly faculty meetings as scheduled
  • Participates in the following required school events: Teacher Installation Service, Baccalaureate, Graduation, Worship Services (when his/her class sings or performs), Christmas Program, Christmas Faire, and all activities relating to West Portal Lutheran School in which their class is involved.
  • Coordinates field trips and special events, as needed
  • Attends the faculty professional learning days every year, as scheduled by the school administration
  • Participates in accreditation tasks as assigned by the principal
  • Performs any other duties that may be assigned

Other Responsibilities

  • Be familiar with the current Personnel Policy Manual and Parent Handbook.
  • Complete at least 30 hours of professional development each academic year. Attendance at all in-service and professional development days, including conferences, is mandatory.
  • Maintain certification in First Aid and CPR, Mandated Reporter, and Sexual Harassment
  • Called teachers will meet with the Senior Pastor in regards to Call Duties
  • All teachers not on the LCMS roster, or who have not completed colloquy or basic
    Lutheran Doctrine coursework, will be required to complete such coursework under the supervision of the pastor to the school
  • Faithfully attend worship services on a regular basis


Christian Faith

  • Identifies as Christian and is committed to growing in his or her personal Christian faith
  • Baptized, active member of a Christian church (preferably the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod)
  • Committed to full-time Christian education


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Teaching credential/certificate/license
  • Life-long learner who models intellectual curiosity, self-reflection, and stewardship of talents


  • At least 1-2 years of K-8 teaching experience
  • Trained and experienced in planning and executing lessons
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate best practices and up to date teaching methodologies in education
  • Proficient in subjects being taught
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by example
  • Ability to keep confidential information


  • Embodies the spirit of West Portal Lutheran and positively represents and supports the school and its leadership to all of its constituents, including parents, students, faculty, staff, church council, alumni, and the local community
  • Embraces a growth mindset – the belief that skills/abilities can be developed and are not fixed
  • Exhibits strong qualities of emotional intelligence – Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Intrinsic Motivation, Empathy, Social


  • Acts with integrity, respect, and fairness for all
  • Energetic, flexible, resourceful
  • Able to understand, love and relate to students
  • Strong leadership, management, planning, and organizational skills
  • Clearly and effectively teaches others
  • Engages in reflection and analysis to implement best practices and strategies for student learning
  • Embraces using data to inform instructional planning and practice
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Basic to intermediate skills in word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and browser software; researching instructional material; advising students on the appropriate use of technology as an instructional resource
  • Comfortable writing and presenting instructional material; creating records and electronic communication using a computer


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance



About West Portal Lutheran School


West Portal Lutheran is a K-8 school located in San Francisco, CA. There are 2 campuses - the Sunset Campus is for Grades K-3 and the Sloat Campus is for Grades 4-8. West Portal Lutheran School opened in 1951 as a ministry of the church that was first founded in 1943. To learn more, visit www.wplsf.com


Students at West Portal Lutheran School will be transformed by the gospel and confident in their God-given design for a purposeful life of learning, service, and leadership for the glory of God in our community and beyond.


West Portal Lutheran School is dedicated to educating and nurturing students as a whole in faith and character development, social-emotional growth, and academic excellence in a nurturing and Christ-centered environment.