Elementary School Upper Elementary Homeroom Teacher


Elementary School Upper Elementary Homeroom Teacher

JOB DESCRIPTION: Elementary School Upper Elementary Homeroom Teacher
POSTING DATE: March 2024
CAMPUS: Johannesburg Campus
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Johannesburg Elementary Principal
START DATE: August 2024
CLOSING DATE:31 May 2024


Inspire Learning & Build our better world.

The purpose of AISJ is to provide exceptional educational experiences in a diverse and nurturing environment in order to inspire learning and build our better world. We cultivate an inclusive community of learners so that we empower global citizens to fulfil their future purpose.

Community Principles

The American International School of Johannesburg fosters a positive school culture, aspires to create a sense of belonging for everyone, and is committed to Community Principles that include:

  • We are better when we act together.
  • Our differences make us stronger.
  • Every voice counts. Every voice matters.
  • Every team needs individuals. Every individual needs a team.

The American International School of Johannesburg is committed to fostering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout our school community, and we are continually furthering our practices and behaviors as we strive to live these ideals.

To learn more about AISJ, our beliefs and our aspirations, please review the AISJ Journey.

Position overview

The grade level teacher is responsible for creating a flexible elementary classroom that promotes learning and personal growth. He/she establishes an effective rapport with students and develops positive relationships with parents and other staff members. The grade level teacher motivates students to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge as well as to develop understanding. He/she incorporates AISJ’s curriculum into the daily schedule and works collaboratively with peers to develop an effective grade level team. The grade level teacher will also collaborate with the learning support teachers, EAL teachers and other specialist teachers to plan integrated units and activities, discuss student learning, analyze and moderate student work and to promote the educational needs of students. The grade level teacher will have a strong understanding of best practices, particularly in literacy and numeracy instruction and be familiar with using a workshop approach within a classroom context. Familiarity with the school philosophy and mission statement is essential.


  • Appropriate elementary teaching certification with at least a four-year degree in education.
  • Master’s degree or similar preferred.
  • Current teaching certification (appropriate to age level).

Professional qualities:

  • International school teaching experience.
  • Experience in curriculum and assessment development.
  • Expertise in building a student-centered, concept-driven, inquiry-based learning environment.
  • Investment in and ability to develop a sense of community, belonging and trust.
  • An ability to communicate and build relationships with elementary students, staff and parents.
  • A positive attitude and committed team player. Someone who is solutions based versus problem orientated.
  • Deep understanding of the developmental needs of elementary school students.
  • Experience with data-informed, responsive practices.
  • Commitment to and proven success within a learning-focussed, collaborative professional environment.
  • A proven ability to differentiate instruction to meet individual needs and integrate learning into the daily schedule.
  • Understanding of a wide range of assessment tools and strategies with the ability to apply them to inquiry-based instruction.
  • Experience in integrating technology to enhance learning.
  • Experience using standards and backwards design to plan instruction.

Performance Responsibilities:

In addition to the grade level expectations, teachers at AISJ are welcomed into a collegial and collaborative working environment. In support of this, teachers are expected to:

  • Communicate and liaise on a regular basis with fellow team members with regards to planning, assessment, parent and community collaboration, subject organization and homeroom responsibilities including discipline, expectations and routines.
  • Communicate and liaise with other school colleagues to identify and develop transdisciplinary learning experiences.
  • Take an active role in proactive behavior management and pastoral care of students.
  • Use a range of strategies to differentiate learning where needed.
  • Collaboratively plan units of study using the CHALK unit planner.
  • Attend and constructively contribute to staff meetings.
  • Assist in supervision of student breaks. Supervise students in and out of classroom activities during the school day.
  • Coordinate class activities as deemed necessary.
  • Maintain up-to-date records of assessment, attendance, planning, reports, conferences, and communication with parents.
  • Establish links with the parent community to ensure that parents are kept well informed about student progress.
  • Assist, as required, in the development of a strong elementary program.
  • Act as a resource/contact/support for new staff members (i.e., curriculum, schedules, procedures)
  • Participate in at least one co-curricular activity per year.
  • Participate in and assist with school events as required.
  • Participate in curriculum and staff development opportunities as required and implement new learning.
  • Teach a full elementary program excluding the specialist areas of art, music, world languages and PE.
  • Identify student needs and be the primary advocate of the students in meeting their needs.
  • Plan and assess learning based on the needs of the students.
  • Provide learning environments that are stimulating where children can develop their potential and experience growth.
  • Other tasks as determined by the supervisor

Work Hours: 07:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday. 7:10 – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday
Note: Additional hours may be required for school events and scheduled meetings.

Application process

In order to complete the AISJ application process, please click here and complete the electronic form. Information captured on this form will be stored on a secure database and will be used to complete a quick reference check on vacancy compatibility.

Child Protection Statement

AISJ maintains strong child protection policies & procedures, this ensures that our students can pursue their education in a safe, secure, and caring environment. All faculty and staff are required to undergo criminal background checks, attend annual training sessions, and sign a safeguarding agreement.


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