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Are you looking for an opportunity to work with and shape intermediate minds? Do you enjoy planning and delivering lessons that your students will enjoy and learn something at the same time? 

Then, a 5th grade teaching position may be for you!

Western Avenue Elementary School is seeking a positive, energetic individual to join their staff as a 5th grade teacher starting in January 2023! In this position, you will create a flexible elementary grade program and a class environment favorable to learning and personal growth, establish effective rapport with pupils, motivate pupils to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to provide a good foundation for elementary grade education, in accordance with pupil’s ability, and establish good relationships with parents and with other staff members.

To be successful in this position, one would create a classroom environment conducive to young learners, work together with a team to individualize student instruction when needed, prepare and deliver effective instruction, accommodate each student to meet him/her at his/her level, work with all the grade level team, and be flexible and adaptable to change. Additionally, a successful candidate is able to work with and analyze data to support students and has patience and kindness to work with our students that need high levels of support.

Western Avenue is a K-5 school located in Flossmoor, near Flossmoor Road and Western Avenue. We are a neighborhood school surrounded by green space that are active places of play outside of the school day.  The school is a vibrant part of the neighborhood and community.  Western Avenue is the largest elementary school in Flossmoor School District 161 with approximately 450 students and 60 staff members. In addition to the core curriculum, our students receive weekly instruction in Art, Music, Physical Education, and STEAM. We are able to offer a wide range of additional supports for our learners' needs. Through our special education resource teachers, reading specialists, English learners teachers, enrichment (ACE) program for our high level learners, and our classroom staff, we are able to deliver instruction to meet each learner's specific needs.  Western Avenue serves students from portions of Flossmoor, Homewood, and Chicago Heights. 


To be qualified for the position, you will need a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Education, have taught Grades 4-5 in the last ten (10) years or have taken coursework, seminars or workshops relevant to Grades 4-5 education in the last two (2) years.  Additionally, a valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with a Self Contained General Education – Kindergarten through Grade 9 or Grades 1-6 is required. If you have an out-of-state certification, we will help you with obtaining an Illinois license!


Starting salary not less than $42,147.94

Generous health, dental, vision, PTO plans

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