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First/Second Grade Teacher

Position Type Teacher
Start 08/24/2020
School Name Cascades Academy of Central Oregon
City, State Bend, OR 
Posted 02/14/2020

Cascades Academy is an independent PK-12 day school with about 215 students located in the beautiful mountain town of Bend, Oregon. The school was founded in 2003 and resides on an award-winning 39-acre campus located on the Deschutes River. The school’s unique mission weaves challenging academics with experiential learning and actively cultivates a nurturing and inclusive school community.

The school is seeking a full-time Second Grade Teacher for the 2020-21 school year.

Position Title: First and Second Grade Teacher(s)

Reports to: Lower School Head

Start Date: August 24, 2020

Salary: DOE

Responsibilities Include:

Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement second-grade curriculum aligned with the school’s mission and core values
  • Design curriculum allowing children to build on prior knowledge, experience, and interests
  • Maintain a warm, nurturing child-centered environment
  • Cultivate an enthusiasm for teaching and learning
  • Co-plan and co-lead social-emotional programming and community gatherings for K-5th on a rotating basis
  • Communicate with families on a regular basis regarding program via weekly newsletters, monthly blogs, etc.


  • Provide feedback and written grade reports to families via twice-yearly grade reports
  • Lead two family/teacher conferences per year
  • Plan and attend a four-day, three-night traveling school in the spring
  • Plan and attend one overnight at school
  • Supervise all winter ski-program days (5 days/winter)
  • Supervise duties as assigned (recess, lunch)


  • Participate in all professional development days before, during, and after the school year
  • Pursue and execute additional professional development throughout the school year via conferences, school visits, books, webinars, etc.
  • Attend weekly faculty and division meetings
  • Attend school events and functions outside the normal school day, including fundraisers, presentations, board meetings, etc. (as indicated by the Head of School or Lower School Head)
  • Serve on at least one committee or PLC (professional learning community)
  • Other duties as assigned by the Lower School Head or Head of School


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • At least 3-5 years experience with elementary aged children
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other teachers and staff
  • A commitment to the "whole child" through age-appropriate, child-centered, experiential learning
  • A passion for teaching in a creative, integrated, and innovative way
  • A commitment to experiential learning, outdoor education, and social-emotional learning
  • A desire to be part of a vibrant, “all-in” community of students, families, and faculty/staff

Application Requirements:

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and two letters of reference to hr@cascadesacademy.org. No phone calls please.

It is the policy of Cascades Academy to provide equal employment opportunity, regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental impairment, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other status protected by applicable law. Specifically, employment opportunities are and shall be open to all qualified applicants solely on the basis of their experience, aptitudes, abilities and training; advancement is and shall be based on the individual’s achievement, performance, ability, attitude and potential for promotion.

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