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Upper School Composition and Rhetoric Instructor

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Caritas Christian Classical Academy

Chandler, AZ, Arizona

Position Description


Position Description
Position(s): Upper School Composition/Rhetoric Instructor
School Year: 2024-25
Purpose: To provide quality instruction to students in grades 7-10 in the realm of classical composition and Rhetoric, utilizing classical pedagogy and teaching from a thoroughly Christian worldview.

Position Hours: Full Time
Reports To: Head of School / Dean of Upper School
Supervises: Students
Qualifications: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. Teaching experience in a classical Christian school is preferred, however not required.
Classification: Exempt, Annual Contract

Description of Responsibilities:

This position will be responsible for teaching classical composition to grades 7, 8, and 9, and Rhetoric to 10th.  In addition to these classes teachers may be asked to monitor study halls, lunch periods, etc.

Spiritual Leadership

●  Consistently exhibit spiritual maturity and be a role model of Christian love, faith, truthfulness, and virtue, both in the classroom and in your personal life.
●  Relate to students by loving them with the love of Christ, encouraging them to develop their relationship with Jesus, challenging them to love God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength.
●  Ensure that your life example continually demonstrates how your Christian faith integrates with your teaching and all other aspects of your life. Candidates should be a member in good standing of a gospel preaching and Bible believing local church.

Classroom Management/Environment

●  Manage your class by defining responsible Christian behavior, setting clear behavioral expectations and promoting self-discipline based on Biblical principles.
●  Help students learn self-discipline through an appropriate balance of encouragement, correction, and counseling.
●  Ensure students have an orderly working atmosphere and comply with school policy in administration of behavioral discipline in the classroom.
●  Communicate clearly to and work closely with parents to resolve any behavior issues regarding their children.

Lesson Preparation and Presentation

●  The teacher’s lesson plans should reflect extensive preparation and the utilization of all available class time.
●  Have a thorough knowledge of and interest in the subjects assigned to teach.
●  Assist in the selection and development of curriculum to fulfill the distinctives of the classical Christian model.
●  The teacher is expected to encourage the students to see how all subjects are interrelated, as parts of God’s integrated universe.

Teaching & Student Learning

●  Stay current on the best practices in education and teaching, particularly within classical Christian education, in order to promote educational excellence.
●  Teach students in a challenging, enthusiastic and age-appropriate manner using the classical Christian model. Stimulate and maintain the students’ interest in the material.
●  Evaluate each student’s progress on a regular basis and communicate this progress to the student, parents, and administrators.
●  Use class time well with activities that engage students’ attention and have a clear academic purpose.


●  Consistently and joyfully demonstrate pride in Caritas by the quality of your work, punctuality, speech, attitude, dress, and attention to duties.
●  Serve as an advocate for classical Christian education in our local community.
●  Take responsibility for all tasks related to the classroom, parent communication, and, to some extent, the broader school community.
●  Work constructively with colleagues and administration by contributing ideas and listening to the ideas of others.

Community Relations

● Communicate regularly with parents about their child’s progress and needs.
● Participate actively in the community, especially in a local church community.
● Actively involve parents in the life of the school.
● Place a priority on getting to know the families well, as well as letting them know what is happening in the class.

Teacher Qualifications

●  Bachelor’s degree required.
●  Be in agreement with and willing to uphold the Caritas Academy Mission and Statement of Faith.
●  Be active in a local church, with a substantial record of service and leadership in the body of Christ.
●  Live a Christian lifestyle which demonstrates a Christian worldview in all aspects of life.
●  Be passionate about educating children in a Classical Christian environment, and about the grade/subject to be taught.
●  Demonstrate a personal love of learning and a humble and teachable spirit.
●  Be willing to participate in ongoing classical Christian education professional development opportunities and committed to academic excellence.
●  Be willing to work closely with parents in the education of their children.
●  Previous teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

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