Classroom Teacher - MERS Goodwill - Columbia
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Elementary School Classes
Job Title: Teacher
Job Location: Columbia, MO
Beginning: Jan 09, 2021
Deadline: Open until filled **
Certificate: Elementary Education
Certificate: Special Reading, K-12
Certificate: Mild/Moderately Disabled (K-12)
District: MERS Goodwill - Columbia
Columbia, MO 65201
Telephone: 660-728-2121
Job Description:
Position Overview
MERS Goodwill is looking for an experienced Elementary educator to teach remedial courses to adult learners at the Excel Center. The Excel Center runs five 8-week terms. Instructors have four classes per day that meet four days per week (Monday - Thursday) and have a 90-minute block for tutoring, PLC collaboration and planning. Fridays are reserved for weekly staff/student support meetings, tutoring, and planning. Instructors hold primary responsibility for the implementation and development of The Excel Center curriculum and the success of its students. We seek instructors who are committed to continuously improving the curriculum and instruction through collaboration. The Instructor will facilitate learning for students attending The Excel Center- meeting students where they are and guiding them to academic success. Our goal is for Instructors to find joy in both teaching and learning, and approach instruction with grit, creativity, and innovation. This is a full-time position with the possibility of part-time for the right candidate.

Primary/Essential Functions
  • Provide a positive learning environment for adult learners
  • Develop and implement strategies, activities and objectives for learners
  • Effectively facilitate a variety of differentiated learning opportunities including direct instruction, small group instruction, and cooperative learning.
  • Provide visual, auditory, and hands-on learning activities that lead to required competencies (as outlined by the State of Missouri)
  • Track each student's progress
  • Work as part of a team to support barrier removal for adult learners
  • Other duties as assigned
Benefits at MERS Goodwill
  • Employer subsidized individual and family medical benefits
  • Employer subsidized individual and family dental and vision
  • Employee retirement (403b) with company matching 50% up to 6% of employee wages after 1 year of employment
  • Employer contributed retirement (401a) annually after 1 year of employment (contributing to social security; not part of PSRS)
  • Employer contributed life insurance (twice W2 wages)
  • Optional short-term disability, additional life insurance, and accidental death and dismemberment offered
  • Employee discount
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave
  • Current Missouri Teachers Certificate in Elementary Education required (Example: Math Teachers must be certified in Math) 
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited Educational Institution; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Experience working with nontraditional and/or adult learners is preferred
  • Must be able to work with a diverse group of students, staff and co-workers
  • Knowledge of Missouri educational requirements to receive a high school diploma is strongly preferred
  • Two or more years of teaching experience with at least 6 months of direct educational experience in English is required;(1) one year or more is preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written skills
Who we are
MERS/Goodwill’s mission is “Changing lives through the power of work.” One barrier to employment is dropping out of school. Adults without a high school degree struggle to further their education & obtain employment with a family-sustaining wage.  There are 500,000+ Missourians without a diploma who lose ~$400,000 over their working lives.  This is your chance to play a key role in helping adults earn their high school diplomas. Goodwill supported by DESE and MO DSS, runs 4 adult high schools in Missouri. Our schools serve almost 1,000 adults. We marshal resources to support students with flexible scheduling, life coaching, transportation assistance, on-site daycare, & outside resources. Students pick up where they left off to complete the remaining credits they need to earn a MO high school diploma. Students are also able to earn Industry Recognized Credentials (IRC). Currently, 41% of our graduates enroll in college/advanced training & about 60% graduate with dual credit or an (IRC). Click HERE to hear from some of our graduates!   

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.