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Cortez Secondary Science Teacher

at Teach in Southwest Colorado

Posted: 5/7/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 345
Keywords: teaching

Job Description


Secondary Science Teacher


Job Position:


Start Date:

2019-2020 School Year

Subject & Grade:



Cortez Middle School




Cortez, CO




Kate Ott

Full/Part Time:

Full time








Commensurate to experience



Montezuma-Cortez Mission and Values


Together we are…

          Growing our team of effective and committed educators

          Creating a culture of high expectations

          Respecting our diversity

          Inspiring community trust and support

          Building pathways to successful futures

We are looking for passionate teachers who are interested in joining a dynamic team of educators dedicated to closing the achievement gap in a high-need, diverse community of learners. We are privileged to serve students from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Navajo Tribe, which contributes greatly to the cultural richness of our community and schools.

Position Summary:  Our teachers are the key to our students’ success.  The role of our teachers is to facilitate a dynamic learning environment that engages all students in a rigorous and relevant educational experience that meets individual needs while holding all students to a high standard of performance.
Our teachers collaborate with each other on an ongoing basis in their quest to continue their development and professional growth.  Teachers receive regular observation, coaching, professional development, and support from the Principal and Assistant Principals. 

Essential Duties:

  • Creates an effective and engaging learning environment that aligns with school-wide values, behavioral expectations, and positive behavioral support systems.
  • Utilize effective teaching practices to teach curriculum for assigned grades and subjects so that student master grade level standards.
  • Develops and teaches standards-based lessons that provide all students with rigorous instruction aligned to district curriculum.
  • Actively participates in weekly teacher-led, grade-level and content-level professional learning communities.
  • Actively participates in the data-driven instruction cycle including regularly utilizing data from formative, interim, and benchmark assessments to evaluate student progress and make adjustments to instruction to ensure all students are making adequate growth.
  • Maintain an orderly, positive learning environment free from disruptive behavior by implementing proactive classroom management strategies and adhering to the school discipline policies. 
  • Proactively communicates with and engages parents and guardians as partners in supporting student educational goals.
  • Supports the development of the whole child including social-emotional skills.
  • Complies with all applicable State and Federal laws and District policies.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must hold or qualify for Colorado Licensure in the related level and subject area of teaching.
• Understanding of standards-based instruction and the data-driven instructional cycle
• Knowledge of Colorado State Content Standards preferred

Other Essential Skills:

Specific Content Skills:  Demonstrate an understanding of the Colorado state standards for levels and subject areas of teaching certification.  Ability to deepen student’s literacy skills across the curriculum through exposure to non-fiction texts, opportunities to practice skills in citing evidence to text, and writing across the curriculum.   

Growth Mindset:  A commitment to continuous improvement including an ability to apply knowledge of current research and educational theory to instructional programming; an ability to receive feedback and reflect on one’s own instruction; an ability to interpret and use data to drive changes in instruction; and a desire to engage in ongoing collaboration with colleagues to share and learn best practices.

Technical Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Excellent interpersonal relations and oral and written communication skills
  • Strong decision making, analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work with students with diverse needs at various levels
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job
  • Ability to promote and follow Board and District policies and school procedures
  • Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively in a team setting
  • Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions
  • Ability to implement IEP, 504, ELL and behavior support plans
  • Ability to use technology to support instruction including computer operating system and student information systems.

This Position Reports to: The Principal

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  This job description is not intended to create any express or implied contract of employment or expectancy of continued employment for any definite term.

Primary Location: Montezuma-Cortez SD RE-1 - Cortez Middle School

Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted beginning
Monday, May 6, 2019 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)