Serving under-resourced female students from Charleston, SC on the campus of Ashley Hall

Lead Teacher


Horizons at Ashley Hall Position: Lead Teacher

Organization Background

A new affiliate of the national Horizons enrichment program has opened at Ashley Hall. Horizons at Ashley Hall is a public/private partnership offering a summer program that addresses the achievement and opportunity gaps of high-need children in downtown Charleston through their school years. The heart of Horizons summer is an exemplary academic program that supports a cohort of students in reading, writing, math, and science, paired with swimming lessons, field trips, sports, and enrichment activities in the performing and visual arts. The program also includes a year-round component featuring family events, 6 Saturday academies, enrichment activities and regular visits to and communication with students’ schools and teachers. The program launched in the summer of 2018 with one class of 15 Kindergarten students and one class of 1st grade students, and a grade (15 students) will be added each summer until the program includes K-8th grade. The primary goal of Horizons is to reverse the trend of summer learning loss that adversely impacts the long-term success of low-income students. The student/teacher ratio at Horizons is approximately 5:1. For more information about Horizons at Ashley Hall, please visit

Position Overview

Horizons at Ashley Hall is seeking a dedicated and effective Lead Teacher for grades K, 1, 2, and 3 with a dynamic talent for creating and nurturing a lifelong love of learning in children. We are looking for a talented, passionate, caring professional who will work as a team player to launch this vibrant program, fulfill the Horizons mission, and create a joyous, inclusive, inspiring and educational culture. The Lead Teacher will work with a teaching assistant and a reading specialist, and will be supported by the Executive Director. It is our hope that Horizons summer staff members will return to the program for more than one summer as we continue to work together, support our students, and build the program and the community.


Essential Job Functions:

The Lead Teacher will :
• Design and teach high quality, culturally competent, project-based curriculum and engage students in learning math, science and language arts throughout our six week summer enrichment program.
• Plan and lead fun, community-building games and enriching experiential learning opportunities, and accompany students to swimming lessons and field trips.
• Lead the Horizons staff in identifying individual students’ learning profiles, building on each youth's academic strengths and coordinating resources and activities to best address his/her areas of need.
• Participate in daily meals with the students, attend Family Night and Faculty Meetings, and other duties that may be required.
• Attend a one-week orientation session prior to the start of the program.
• Assist in the training and supervision of program staff, including assisting in planning and facilitating professional development and ongoing coaching for staff, and sharing instructional strategies and student information. Mentor the assistant teacher(s) and work with staff to review assessment data and align curriculum across subject areas.
• Develop and nurture a safe, respectful, challenging and fun learning environment.
• Assist in evaluating program effectiveness.
• As needed and appropriate, aid in accessing and attracting useful resources of community institutions, the school system, public agencies, and local businesses for the benefit of the Horizons programs.
• Help maintain ongoing communication with parents, caregivers and school year teachers.
• Participate in the planning and delivery of six half-day learning activities for students on Saturdays throughout the school year (three per semester).
• Meet regularly with Executive Director as needed to accomplish goals and/or problem-solve as issues occur.
• In collaboration with the Executive Director, provide ongoing input into this job description as the position unfolds to keep this job description as accurate as possible.
In addition to a strong commitment to Horizons’ mission, this position requires a balance of knowledge of best practices and practical experience with and proficiency in the skills of instruction. The ideal candidate for the Lead Teacher position must be flexible, well organized, capable of taking initiative, and full of enthusiasm for both teaching and learning. More detailed qualifications for this position include:
• Experience working as an early elementary school teacher, with a gift for both building on students' love of learning and bolstering their basic academic skills.

• Proven ability to relate well to diverse children and families, to plan and deliver engaging, challenging lessons for school-age urban children, and to teach using effective strategies for second language learners.
• Knowledge and skill in classroom management, social emotional learning and specific strategies for developing children’s noncognitive skills such as focus, determination, empathy and self discipline.

• Understanding and knowledge of the issues and challenges facing low income families living in Charleston.
• A strong passion for working with youth and a strong desire to help make a difference in the lives of low-income students.

• Ability to maintain good communication between all parties, to have clear expectations and directions, and to provide feedback to the ED, to staff, and to Horizons National as the curriculum and the program unfolds.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.

• Leadership experience and ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. • Elementary teaching credential or equivalent experience..
The position is full time during the six weeks of the program and 6 Saturday mornings throughout the school year.

Monday, June 8- Friday, June 12 - Teacher orientation week and classroom set-up Monday, June 15 - Friday, July 24 - Six-week program
Year-round program: Three Saturday mornings per semester
To Apply: Please upload a resume and cover letter, outlining your skills and experience (Word format, please) to Eric Strickland, Executive Director of Horizons at Ashley Hall at with subject line “Horizons at AH Lead Teacher”.
Horizons at Ashley Hall is an equal opportunity employer.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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