STEAM and Math Enrichment Teacher

Rockwern Academy

Rockwern Academy, Cincinnati’s pluralistic Jewish Day School, is looking for a STEAM and Math Enrichment Teacher for the 2020- 2021 school year (March 9 – May 20, 2021. 

Who are we? 

At Rockwern Academy we build character, leadership, and academic curiosity within a caring, joyful, and inclusive school environment.  An exceptional student-teacher ratio allows us to value each student as a true individual, discovering what gives them their inner spark.  At Rockwern, we:

  • Inspire a lifelong love of learning, as our experienced teachers prepare our students to thrive in top high schools.
  • Create a more compassionate world by teaching values and ethics that last a lifetime.
  • Nurture our powerful sense of community, fostering strong relationships between students of all ages, teachers, staff, and families.
  • Explore the power of technology to engage students, developing tools for critical thinking and problem solving.

Qualified applicants will have an Ohio teaching certificate, and experience in PreK – 3rd grade is preferred.


To teach STEAM to our online PreK – 3rd grade students and math enrichment for small groups of Kindergarten – 2nd grade students in an energetic and creative manner.  This role will also provide push in support for technology time for kindergarten. The job is approximately 9 hours a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays (11am – 3:30pm) and includes planning time.  

NOTE: There is also the possibility of working as a substitute teacher outside of the stated schedule if interested.


The position is responsible to the principal. 



  • Create and maintain a safe, organized, fair, effective and inviting workspace that reflects the teacher’s awareness of students’ physical, social, and intellectual development and needs
  • Prepare, submit, and follow weekly lesson plans that mirror the curriculum and support desired learning, adapting as appropriate
  • Manage classroom behavior according to the principles of Responsive Classroom (RC)*
  • Create ground rules with students
  • Establish routines
  • Consistently model care, respect, acceptance, and empathy, both verbally and nonverbally
  • Use a variety of appropriate approaches to reinforce acceptable behavior
  • Present curricular material in a clear, fresh and relevant manner, using a variety of media, activities, and groupings
  • Prepare and maintain materials and supplies that enhance learning
  • Design realistic and age-appropriate units and long-term assignments that support the curriculum and enhance students’ development and learning
  • Individualize instruction to meet students’ needs:
    Learn students’ preferred learning modalities, current understandings, and skill level
    Work to close gaps in learning
    Adapt approved materials and methods as needed
    Seek additional resources
    Modify instruction in response to children’s emotional state or level of frustration


  • Ensure that all written communication is grammatically correct, contains no typographical errors, and is professionally presented
  • Serve as a liaison between the school and parents, interpreting and providing a rationale for programs, decisions, and actions as necessary; alert administration of potential conflict or difficulties
  • Respond to email, voicemail, written notes, and other forms of communication within 24 hours, copying administration as appropriate
  • Alert administrators, other grade-level teachers, and support staff when a child has difficulties that might be attributed to special needs
  • Contribute, when asked, to the weekly e-newsletter or other communication or marketing vehicles
  • Gather pertinent information about children’s specific needs and issues during the first weeks of school
  • Greet children daily as they enter the classroom; demonstrate respect and empathy for all children and parents


  • Maintain confidentiality on all levels: children, teachers, parents, and administration
  • Suggest improvements in the areas of curriculum, assessment, policies, practices, etc.
    Act in the best interests of  Rockwern Academy
  • Publicize successes
  • Speak positively about and to teachers, staff, students, administration, and the community
  • Avoid gossip
  • Treat children, staff, and parents with respect, even when stressed
  • Assume positive intentions
  • Use appropriate language, both verbal and nonverbal
  • Dress appropriately
  • Display caring
  • Demonstrate suitable meeting behavior
    Arrive on time
    Refrain from side talk
    Share ideas openly and freely
    Listen actively and with an open mind
    Be respectful
    Use humor appropriately
  • Seek out and attend workshops, seminars, etc. that contribute to professional goals and enhance practice
  • Exhibit commitment to lifelong learning and the growth or change it may engender
  • Demonstrate commitment to teamwork and collegiality by helping others and accepting suggestions for improvement
  • Be on time for assigned duties 

Administrative Duties

  • Document personal, professional practice for the purpose of self-assessment and improvement
  • Keep necessary records to document professional development
  • Complete all needed reports and forms completely and accurately and submit on time
  • Supervise children during fire and tornado drills, as well as on the playground and in the halls or cafeteria, even those who are not in one’s class

*Teachers are expected to base their practice on the principles of Responsive Classroom.  However, it is understood that new staff will need training in order to meet this responsibility.

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