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The John Cooper School, located in The Woodlands, TX, on a beautiful 40-acre campus with a total enrollment of over 1,300 students, is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school serving students in Prekindergarten through Grade 12. The Lower School, with approximately 500 students in Grades PreK – 5, is a dynamic, nurturing, and collegial environment that fosters curiosity and joy in our young learners. We are currently seeking an Assistant Head of Lower School, an administrative, 12-month position that reports directly to the Head of Lower School.
Our Mission: The John Cooper School’s mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifelong learners.
Our Philosophy of Education: We believe that the needs of the whole student – intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and ethical – are best addressed in an educational community where
Students are enthusiastic about learning and enjoy school;
High expectations are held for students, faculty, and staff;
Innovative and dedicated teachers respond to differences in students’ learning styles and abilities;
Students’ natural curiosity is fostered through their active participation in the educational process;
And students are given many opportunities to succeed in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment.
Our Commitment to Diversity: We believe that diversity enriches the world and is essential for a quality education. We strive to create a place of learning where all members – students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni – experience safety, respect, and a sense of belonging. We actively pursue an inclusive climate that affirms each person and promotes cooperation in an environment where all members are valued for their contributions.
Some of the critical aspects of this role include
- Developing and maintaining student relationships to facilitate their growth and development;
- Developing and maintaining faculty relationships to foster their growth and development as professionals;
- Participating in and contributing to a collaborative environment with colleagues;
- Developing and maintaining positive relationships with parents and other members of the school community.
Requirements and Necessary Skills
- Knowledge of current best practices in elementary education and a genuine love for children
- Willingness to be self-reflective, learn, and grow as a professional and individual
- Ability to engage with others in a collaborative environment
- Strong commitment to students’ progress, success, and social-emotional well-being
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with students, parents, and colleagues
- Professionalism, flexible thinking, and respect for diversity
- Sense of humor and a positive approach to challenging situations
- Desire to actively participate in department, faculty, and team planning and learning sessions
- Strong organizational skills
- Lower School teaching experience required
- Master’s degree required