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Nettie S. Freed Expeditionary K-8: Lead Classroom Teacher

  • Date Posted
    • 1.13.23
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Mountain
  • Role
    • Teacher
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Pueblo, CO 81003

It is essential that all employees of Pueblo School District 60 understand our mission is to provide a high-quality education that assures each student the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to lead a life of purpose and impact. Employees support the community and thrive in connecting with our students by embracing the core values of the district, which state:

We believe that the success of every student is our most important commitment.

We believe that collaboration and engagement with our community, parents, staff, and students are essential to our success.

We believe that we must act with integrity, celebrate diversity, and promote equity.

We believe that each individual must be treated with dignity and respect.

We believe that the social and emotional well being of our students is as important as their academic needs.

We believe that it is our responsibility to provide a safe, positive, and supportive environment for our students and staff

We believe that our community heritage, traditions, and history should inform our response to future student and district needs.

As we embrace these values and consider their impact, we will achieve our vision of being a high performing school district that inspires community confidence. Each employee plays a part, and that contribution should bring us closer to helping each student achieve their dreams.

Job Title: Lead Classroom Teacher

Work Year: 165 days

School: Nettie S. Freed Expeditionary K-8

Reports To: School Principal

Salary Range: Teacher Salary Schedule

Benefits: Fringe Benefits based on PEA Negotiated Agreement

Status: FLSA Status: Exempt

Here is the link to apply:


Nettie S. Freed is a diverse, K-8 Expeditionary Learning (EL) school. Our school will be opening in the Fall of 2023 in a brand new, state-of-the-art building. Click here to learn more about Expeditionary Learning.

The lead teacher is, first and foremost, a full time teacher of a grade level specific class of students. All Freed classroom teachers are expected to plan, organize, and implement an expeditionary learning instructional program and create a dynamic and creative learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. It is important to understand that expeditionary learning involves frequent fieldwork, learning both indoors and outdoors, learning both in the classroom and in alternative fieldwork environments, and may even include occasional overnight learning experiences with students. Classroom teachers perform instructional and related duties in accordance with District policies and terms of the teacher contract and are expected to maintain a collaborative and inclusive relationship with staff, parents, and students.

Additionally, the Lead Classroom Teacher will serve as a “lead” in supporting the development and planning of grade level specific learning expeditions and support their teacher peers to ensure all students are receiving high quality learning opportunities aligned to the expeditionary learning model of instruction. This will require the lead teacher to attend professional development and to work closely with other lead teachers and administration in the implementation of the vision of the school, including building leadership team membership. Although this position officially starts in August, 2023, the lead teacher will be stipended for up to 60 hours and expected to attend building leadership team planning sessions and teacher professional development training during the Spring and Summer of 2023, prior to the official opening of the school in August, 2023. These planning and professional development hours will typically take place after the D60 teacher duty day and on non-working D60 Fridays. At this time it is also anticipated that all Freed teachers’ 2023-24 contract will be extended approximately XXX days to accommodate the opening of the new building as well as attend required expeditionary learning focused professional development.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Valid Colorado Teaching License within 60 days from date of hire

Teacher must be highly qualified through the following options:

Elementary or Content appropriate teaching license

Be eligible for a TiR or Alternative Licensing Program in appropriate area

Teacher must be willing to adopt and teach within the philosophy and practices of the expeditionary learning model

Employee must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check and must be cleared by the Office of Human Resources

Must be able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary


Previous experience in an expeditionary learning (EL) school

Previous experience as a certified teacher

Additional teaching endorsements such as Early Literacy, CLDE, ESS, and/or other content specific areas


Knowledge and understanding of Colorado State standards

Ability to unpack standards and align with curriculum

Ability to write specific learning goals, objectives and outcomes

Ability to analyze and use multiple data sources to make sound instructional planning decisions

Ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues and actively participate in professional learning communities

Ability to use technology and incorporate/teach 21st century skills

Ability to scaffold and differentiate instruction

Ability and willingness to integrate reading, writing and math throughout the curriculum

Computer expertise and expectation to learn Infinite Campus

Ability to incorporate teacher and student instructional technology and applications into daily instruction

Positive public relation skills, professionalism, strong work ethic, ability to develop positive relationships with school and community

Ability to demonstrate positive communication skills with students, parents, and teachers to enhance the educational, personal, and social aspect of each student

Ability to interpret test information and data

Strong commitment to system change and strong evidence of being a "team player"

Ability to be remain flexible

Ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis

Ability to teach both indoors and outdoors and remain flexible regarding teaching methodology and differentiated and innovative approaches to learning

Ability to incorporate career and technical education into the daily curriculum and learning opportunities for students

Ability to provide hands-on, experiential, constructivist learning opportunities for students

Ability to participate in occasional overnight and extended learning expeditions

Ability to collaborate and work closely with a team of adult learners in support of ALL students


The following statements of duties and responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level or work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of all personnel within this position. This organization believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited to assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to define primary duties, qualifications and job scope but should not limit the incumbent nor the organization to the work identified. It is our expectation that every employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the District’s/department’s goals. Actual duties, responsibilities, frequency, and percentages may vary depending upon building assignments and other factors.

Provide a variety of classroom techniques and methods

Promote high levels of achievement in relation to individual student abilities

Use techniques and methodologies appropriate to student abilities

Utilize current and relevant subject matter

Use relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction

Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to use research-based principles of effective instruction

Organize instruction using learning objectives with clearly defined student outcomes

Employ teaching strategies congruent with planned student outcomes

Select teaching strategies emphasizing student involvement

Monitor student learning and pace instruction accordingly

Prepare effectively for class

Prepare daily lesson plans

Provide instruction predicated on course goals and objectives

Prepare classroom for classroom activities

Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities

Establish written grading standards that are clear and incorporate a variety of graded activities

Assure that grading standards are explained and available to parents

Develop and maintain positive interpersonal relationships

Model personal behaviors of honesty, fairness, courtesy, and consideration

Maintain a cooperative relationship with administrators, staff, students, and parents

Share appropriate information with parents and with other staff members

Provide documentation of students’ progress

Provide timely and accurate feedback/documentation to students, parents, and appropriate staff members

Assign and check homework and provide appropriate feedback to students

Maintain appropriate records of student performance, progress, and development

Build motivation and interest in learning

Exhibit personal interest and encourage student interest in the subject area

Maintain a current awareness of literature/activities in subject area

Maintain an ongoing personal program of professional growth and development

Cultivate and model a respectful working and learning environment

Manage student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures

Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school

Participate in department, school, district, and parent meetings


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle, or feel. The work requires the use of telephone and using fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards. The employee is continually hearing and speaking to exchange information. The employee is required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

In an 8-hour workday, this job requires:

R – Rarely (Less than .5 hr per day) O – Occasionally (.5 – 2.5 hrs per day)

F – Frequently (2.5 – 5.5 hrs per day) C – Continually (5.5-8 hrs per day)

NA – Not Applicable


Employee will work primarily in a school/office environment with both natural and fluorescent lighting; fast-paced work; constant interruptions; however, employee should also anticipate and be comfortable teaching and working in the outdoors and in “fieldwork” learning environments away from the school building.

Here is the link to apply: