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Reading Teacher (Upper School)

  • 03 May 2021 1:22 PM
    Message # 10437746

    Position Start Date:  August 2021

    Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.

    About Westmark School

    Westmark offers a college preparatory curriculum to all of our high school students, helping them find academic success and build confidence. Our teachers make the curriculum accessible to students by matching their teaching approach to individual learning profiles, taking advantage of the assistive technology programs available on the iPad, and creating learning environments that use research-based teaching techniques, skills, and strategies. Through our Executive Functioning program, students learn the time management, organizational, and academic skills needed to find success in each of their classes. Class sizes are small which ensures a constant interaction between students and adults in and outside of the classroom.

    Each day we live our mission to inspire students with distinct learning styles to build on their strengths in preparation for a successful college or other post-secondary experiences. Our knowledgeable and caring faculty are skilled professionals who are continually implementing the latest pedagogical best practices to support student learning.

    Woven throughout the Upper School program are opportunities to develop confident and resilient young adults who understand themselves as learners and are able to advocate for themselves at Westmark and beyond. In addition to our academic program, we offer many opportunities for students to pursue their interests and strengths. We develop future leaders through participation in Student Council, Eye-to-Eye, and athletics; artists through our arts program within the academic curriculum and creative opportunities such as video making, theater, portfolio creation, and musical performances; and global citizens through our service-learning opportunities, outdoor educational trips, and international trips.

    Position Summary - Westmark School is seeking an Upper School Reading Teacher experienced in teaching the mechanics of reading to high school students with language-based learning differences, following a structured reading program. As an Upper School Reading Teacher, the faculty member will organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and be in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.

    Our ideal candidate will have a proven track record of demonstrating an exceptional knowledge and passion for teaching students with language-based learning differences.


    ·    Teach 5 sections of classes;

    • Teach High School students with language-based learning differences;
    • Plan, implement and follow the reading curriculum;
    • Submit weekly lesson plans to Division Director and Reading Department Chair;
    • Integrate technology into the curriculum following best practices;
    • Maintain class PowerSchool and regularly update and post to PowerSchool class grade book;
    • Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences;
    • Provide a positive environment that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning;
    • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and the community;
    • Embrace and support the mission of Westmark School; and
    • Other duties, responsibilities, activities, events, and functions, as requested.


    ·  Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education or related field required. Advanced degree or credentialing in Education preferred.

    ·  3-5+ years of classroom teaching experience or experience in a reading remediation clinical setting

    · Strong desire to work with students with language-based learning differences

    ·   Proven track record of successfully working with teenagers

    ·   raining in a structured reading or literacy program such as: Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, or Lindamood-Bell

    ·  Knowledge of multi-sensory teaching methodologies

    · Experience with technology- iPads, PCs and SmartTechnologies

    · Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis

    · Team player: ability to work collaboratively with fellow faculty, staff and administration

    ·  Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated. Demonstrates strong work ethic

    · Possesses the desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies

    ·  Displays strong organization and time-management skills

    ·  Ability to identify and improve student results

    Please submit a letter of interest and your resume to:


    Attention: Jay Johnson, Director of Upper School

    Westmark School

    5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316

    Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.

    Last modified: 03 May 2021 1:23 PM | Anonymous member

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