Kindergarten Teacher, Ottawa Elementary School, Buchanan, MI

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Buchanan Community Schools
Position Details: 

Buchanan Community Schools is welcoming applicants for a Kindergarten Teacher at Ottawa Elementary School.  

Job summary:

Foster and facilitate the intellectual and social development of children ages 4-6 through intentional instructional planning, delivery, and assessment of academic lessons.

Essential qualifications, duties, and responsibilities:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Valid Michigan Teaching Certificate K-5
  • NCLB Highly Qualified
  • Continually engage in professional development in evidence-based literacy instructional strategies.
  • Create & maintain a classroom climate respectful of all learners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills at both adult and student levels.
  • Extensive training in effective strategies for teaching reading, writing, and math.
  • Technologically literate using Chromebooks-spreadsheets, MS Word, Google Drive, Classroom Messenger, and ability to integrate technology into daily teaching.
  • Knowledge and prior use of State of Michigan curriculum core content standards and benchmarks.
  • Lessons show evidence of the use of integrated thematic units with differentiated instruction.
  • Ability to make & implement accommodations for special education, 504, ELL & at-risk students.
  • Ability to use data from formative and summative assessments to guide instructional planning and strategies used in the classroom so all children learn the required ELA and math CCSS’s, science STEM and social studies GLCE’s.
  • Communicate effectively through listening, observing and collaborating with staff.
  • Punctual and rarely absent work habits.


  • Master's Degree
  • Early Childhood endorsement
  • Kindergarten teaching experience and/or student teaching
  • Three or more years of classroom experience teaching language arts at the primary level
  • Leadership experience and working with educators in professional learning communities
  • Knowledge and ability to use GO MATH, MAISA writing units and K-PALS
  • Ability to administer and interpret DIBELS NEXT, MLPP and running records data (DRA) to target instructional efforts for all Tier 1, 2 and 3 students
  • Experience with PowerSchool
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with Daily 5 and CAFÉ
  • Knowledge of cooperative learning techniques and Marzano’s best instructional strategies and their use in the classroom

The desired candidate must possess the following attributes:

  • Able to effectively take direction, as well as, work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.
  • Ability to handle complex and stressful issues or situations with sound judgment, common sense, and a calm demeanor.
  • Flexible, caring, creative individual.
  • Impeccable character, sense of humor, and compassion for students, families, and district staff.

Position Details:

  • Title: Kindergarten Teacher – Ottawa Elementary School
  • Reports to: Ottawa Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Karin Falkenstein
  • Starting date: Current School Year
  • Calendar: 2018-19 school year, 185 teacher days
  • Compensation: According to union contract, full benefit package offered
  • Posting date: February 22, 2019
  • Application deadline: Until Filled (Internal posting deadline through March 1st, 2019)

Application Process:

Applicants for the position should submit the following documents using our online application located on the Buchanan Community Schools’ website and accessing the Employment link. Uploaded documents are acceptable as one file of all scanned documents together in the area of Application Materials or as separate titled uploads in the specified areas of Application Materials and References within the online application. Please be sure to upload the following documents:

  • Letter of interest detailing the manner in which the candidate meets the qualifications and desired attributes for the position, addressed to Karin Falkenstein, Ottawa Elementary School Principal
  • A current resume with reference contact information
  • Unofficial photocopies of all university/college transcripts if applicable
  • Two current (within the last three years) letters of recommendation

Application and supporting materials should be submitted using

Buchanan Community Schools’ online employment link:

Application materials should be addressed to:

Mrs. Karin Falkenstein

Ottawa Elementary School

109 Ottawa St.

Buchanan, Michigan 49107

Questions about the position or the district can be sent to Mrs. Karin Falkenstein at:




The Buchanan Community Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, (collectively, "Protected Classes"), in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. Coordinators for Affirmative Action and review of Federal requirements are as follows: Section 504 and ADA, Karin Falkenstein (Ottawa Early Childhood Principal, 695- 8409): Title IX, Title VI and Civil Rights, Brian Pruett (H.S. Assistant Principal, 695-8404).

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