K-1 and 2-3 Classroom Teachers

DATE: May 24, 2024

POSITION: Classroom Teacher

DAYS/ HOURS:         DAYS/HOURS: These are salaried, full-time positions, beginning Fall 2024

STARTING SALARY: $50,000-72,000, depending on qualifications

Positions are open until filled.

The Emerson School strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of our staff and students. We consistently work to foster equity and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. 

These positions serve as classroom teachers in either a blended K-1st or 2nd-3rd grade classroom. Classroom teachers will create a flexible program favorable to learning and personal growth in accordance with each student's ability. This position is responsible for creating Project Approach and other curriculum in alignment with Oregon content standards and benchmarks.

These are full-time, salaried, elementary classroom teaching positions beginning in Fall 2024. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, short/long term disability and group-life insurance, paid leave, professional development allowance, public transportation or parking allowance and participation in PERS. The position is with an independent public charter school operating in the Portland Public School District. Persons of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

*Please read the “What You Need to Know about Emerson” document found on our website (emersonschool.org) for more specific information about our program.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, other duties may be assigned:

  • Provides learning experiences and teaches the course of study using the Project Approach methodology and incorporating all applicable state and district grade-level benchmarks and standards.
  • Develops and uses instructional materials suitable for instruction of students with a wide range of academic, physical, and emotional maturity.
  • Provides individual and group instruction designed to meet individual needs and motivate students.
  • Exhibits cultural competency and commitment to educational equity to ensure that student race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, zip code, or language of origin are not predictive of achievement outcomes.
  • Employs the fundamental concepts and skills of Positive Discipline in the Classroom to establish and maintain standards of classroom control required to achieve effective participation in all activities.
  • Evaluates academic and social growth of students and keeps appropriate records.
  • Provides appropriate instruction and activities for students to meet school, District, and Department of Education goals and objectives.
  • Communicates with parents through a variety of means.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled parent conferences to discuss the individual student's progress and interpret the school program.
  • Identifies student needs and cooperates with other staff members in assessing and helping students solve behavior and learning challenges.
  • Creates an effective environment for learning.
  • Maintains professional competence through appropriate in-service education activities and classes.
  • Participates cooperatively with the appropriate administrators to develop the method by which s/he will be evaluated.
  • Cooperates in school-wide supervision of students during out-of-classroom activities.
  • Participates in school activities and committees and the sponsorship of student activities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Valid current Oregon teaching license authorizing service in grade levels and areas assigned.

Master’s Degree preferred.

A minimum of one year of teaching experience in an elementary classroom is preferred.

The Board and employees of The Emerson School represent a diverse group of people who have a common commitment to the equality of opportunity for all. In alignment with our mission, The Emerson School is committed to the success of every student; to achieving equal educational and employment opportunity, and equitable outcomes regardless of address, income, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, language, nationality, race or ethnicity.

Download the Application here. Please submit the completed application form along with a cover letter and resume as attachments to an email to [email protected]. Name the attachments with your last name, then your first name, and then the name of the document, as below:


Please title the subject heading of your email with your full name and the word "application" (“Jane Johnson application”).