Interim Kindergarten Teacher

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
May 07, 2021
Grade Level
Early Childhood
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Hamilton County Schools, located in beautiful Chattanooga, TN, is building the best school district in Tennessee. We are committed to excellence for every student and are seeking outstanding teachers with the ability to inspire, engage, and who desire to make a difference in the lives of students. With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

Bess T. Shepherd Elementary

Bess T. Shepherd Elementary is a K-5 school located in Chattanooga, TN. We develop students and teachers to meet the demands of the future we develop readers, achievers, and leaders! Our school is unique in that we offer many clubs and sports programs to keep our students motivated to learn. We have robotics, coding, science, a leadership academy, year book club, as well as soccer and basketball programs. Our faculty values collaboration, professional learning, student and staff leadership, and collective efficacy.

We are looking for team members who are committed to doing whatever it takes to help our students become successful learners. In addition, we are looking for teachers who are collaborative and willing to grow.

Why Join our Team?

New Teacher Support: With our progressive three-year induction program for new teachers, you will have the following supports:
  • New Teacher Academy
  • First Year Mentor & Supportive Professional Development
  • Whole-Teacher/Well-Teacher Program

Leadership Opportunities: Grow your career with Hamilton County Schools, no matter your professional goals:
  • Train to become a mentor teacher or cooperating teacher
  • Obtain your National Board Certification and get a $4,000 salary increase
  • Apply for leadership pipeline programs for instructional coaching or administration
  • Be a part of innovative programs that are unique to Hamilton County like Teacherpreneur and STEM Fellows
  • Travel the world as a Fund for Teachers recipient

Experience all Chattanooga has to offer:
  • Chattanooga has a metro area of 500,000 people - not too big and not too small - and under two hours from Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville, and Birmingham
  • Award-winning city for outdoor activities, music, art and culture
  • 25 + local music, art, and food festivals every year

Compensation & Total Rewards
  • Competitive salary range commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package includes multiple health insurance options, vision, dental reimbursement, short and long-term disability, life insurance, on-site clinics, and a wellness program
  • Childcare for Hamilton County teachers available in multiple schools

Competitive retirement plans through Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, including a hybrid 401k and pension plan. In 2018, TCRS was ranked in the top four best funded State Pension plans by the Pew Charitable Trust.


  1. Plan, deliver and assess effective instruction that is tightly aligned with State standards.
    • Designs lessons based on best practices with clear learning targets and measurable goals aligned with State standards and/or unit outcomes. Frequently plans collaboratively with colleagues.
    • Conveys high expectations while using multiple effective strategies, materials, and classroom practices that involve and motivate students while differentiating instruction to meet students' needs.
    • Uses colleagues and own self-reflection on instructional practice to continually improve instruction.
  2. Classroom Management & Relationships: Fosters a well-structured and engaging learning environment by utilizing effective classroom procedures and routines while showing caring, respect, and fairness for all students.
  3. Family & Community: Consistently develops strong relationships with students' families while diligently informing parents of expectations, positive news, and/or concerns about their children. Provides opportunities for parents to be involved in their children's learning.
  4. Professional Responsibilities: Actively seeks out opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and other stakeholders in order to improve teaching & learning. Reflects on own instruction and leadership while contributing ideas, expertise, and time to the mission and goals of the school.


We are seeking teaching candidates who are:

  • Committed to inspiring and engaging students
  • Committed to high academic achievement and high expectations for all students
  • Able to be a positive team-player and communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors, students, and families
  • Open to being coached and receiving feedback in order to advance learning and growth for students
  • Experienced in high-need or Title-I School settings. Experience with English Language Learners is a plus.
  • Professionals with high personal standards and integrity

Additional details:

  • Teaching candidates must hold a valid state of Tennessee teaching certification in Elementary Education (K-5) or be upcoming graduates in an accredited teacher preparation program. If you are from another state, we will work with you to transfer your license to TN.
  • Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree.

Education Requirement

Bachelor's Degree
Years Experience Requirement

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