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5th and 7th Grade Physical Education Teacher and Coach

January 4, 2024

Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8th school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Every day our exceptional teachers connect students’ academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop the courage to become not just great students, but great people. 

Overview of Athletics Program

Prospect Sierra offers interscholastic competition for 6th-8th grade students. The goal of our athletics program is to encourage participation and provide social, conceptual, and skill development for each student. Panther sports teams include basketball, cross-country, flag football, track and field, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. Teams are designed to teach students individual and team skills and concepts, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of respect, good sportspersonship, and healthy competition. 

Overview of Position

This position is for a 5th Grade and 7th Grade Physical Education Teacher, beginning in August 2024. The successful candidate will report to the Middle School Division Head and will work in close collaboration with the PE Department and the 8th grade team. This is a full-time position that also includes after-school coaching responsibilities. 

Physical Education Teacher Responsibilities

  • Teach approximately 72 7th graders in four classes of approximately 18 students.
  • Teach approximately 24 5th grade students.
  • Plan, deliver, and evaluate daily lessons for 5th and 7th grade PE classes. 
  • Develop a classroom environment that fosters sportspersonship, collaboration, inclusivity, joy, and healthy competition. 
  • Complete progress reports for 5th and 7th graders including both grades and narrative comments.
  • Conduct ongoing effective communication with a diverse group of parents. 
  • Collaborate with Physical Education department members and other faculty members. 
  • Serve on the 7th grade team and work collaboratively with faculty team members and take on leadership roles on occasion.
  • Attend and support a week-long 7th grade overnight study trip. 
  • Teach an elective once a week. 
  • Supervise the multi-purpose room/gym during lunch. 
  • Support the division and team with carrying out recess duties and other small tasks.
  • Coach three teams during the school year.

 Coaching Responsibilities 

  • Model sportspersonship and uphold an “Honoring the Game” culture with all constituents.
  • Work to be a visible ambassador of Prospect Sierra athletics. 
  • Attend coaches’ meetings as needed.
  • Uphold league expectations for each sports season. 
  • Assist/support team parents in organizing the end-of-season celebration.
  • Host sporting events at school as needed. 
  • Work with the AD to help carry out a positive and safe sports season.


The candidate must have:

  • Experience with the physical education curriculum, coaching, and organizing athletic events
  • Commitment to Honoring the Game
  • Ability to effectively communicate and partner with students, families, and staff 
  • A passion to advocate for Prospect Sierra students
  • Appreciation for and desire to work with middle school students
  • Ability to deliver a dynamic curriculum that can differentiate for a range of learners through lessons, projects, games, and various activities. 
  • Understanding of differentiated learning techniques
  • Knowledge of educational technology to support teaching and learning
  • Commitment to early adolescent education and social/emotional development
  • A passionate commitment to creating an innovative, joyful environment for students
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbal, with prospective and current parents and colleagues
  • Ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, take on leadership roles as needed, and collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Knowledge of the essential role social-emotional literacy plays in the workplace and interest in the application of SEL within the educational setting 
  • A nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective
  • Knowledge of identity-safe and anti-bias educational practices and the ability to create an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected
  • Ability to use and learn how to use various tech platforms such as Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Forms), Slack, Parentsquare, Classkick, etc. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong Organizational skills 
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable 

School-wide Duties

  • Participation on other committees as needed and appropriate
  • Ancillary duties as needed for school-wide operation


The salary is competitive. Benefits are included. Here is our current salary scale.

How to Apply

Email a resume, a one-page cover letter, and a list of three references with contact information to:

Nathan Tanaka, Middle School Division Head
Email: (include “5th/7th Grade PE Teacher Position” in the subject line)

Prospect Sierra School is an equal-opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.

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