Lower School Reading/Writing Tutor

Waterford School is Utah’s premier liberal arts, college preparatory private school for students in Preschool through High School. Student learning is Waterford School’s reason for being. Since its founding, the School has instilled habits of independent thought, critical thinking, responsibility, passionate learning, and service to others. Waterford School’s liberal arts program provides a strong foundation, and the campus culture prepares students to pursue lives of meaning and purpose. Waterford delivers a world-class education distinguished by a rich curriculum, an outstanding faculty, a deep commitment to student growth, and a learning environment that is caring, nurturing, and inspiring.

Reading/Writing tutoring involves one-on-one and/or group tutoring with students in Waterford Lower School, grades K-V.  Tutoring sessions usually occur three times per week. Sessions are approximately 45-60 minutes, and take place during school, before school and after school hours Monday through Friday.  The tutoring position includes the following expectations:

  • Willingness to be trained in specific reading programs- Fundations, Wilson Reading System, Just Words, and Higher Steps; and Step up to Writing with writing strategies employed in the Lower School Writing Program.
  • Willingness to be a reader for group instruction, guide group instruction of 3-5 students, conduct running records for students who need fluency building, work with reading students in PreK-4 and Kindergarten, one on one or small groups.
  • Willingness to participate in schoolwide Dibels screening and  My IGDI’s testing with training provided prior to testing.
  • Willingness to observe at least three sessions taught by tutors currently in the program before beginning employment, and to be observed once per term when tutoring begins.
  • Ability to teach comprehension strategies to support students’ required reading and materials read at students’ instructional level.
  • Develop and follow daily lesson plans that focus on individual student needs.  Plans include building foundational skills outlined by student evaluation, and providing guided assisted reading on student’s instructional reading level.  
  • Communication with students’ parents and current teachers.  Tutors are required to write two reports each term. The midterm report is brief, and its purpose is to establish goals, while the end of term report is more comprehensive and informative.  Reports are shared with parents, homeroom teachers, and lower school head.
  • A willingness to learn the skills necessary to maintaining Google Drive folders for all students and to becoming proficient in working with Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Calendar.
  • Maintain a Waterford email and check it weekly for notes from Waterford Lower School head and more often for notes from reading director.
  • Attendance at weekly tutor meetings; and if guiding writing tutoring, attendance at the once a week writing meeting to guide response to class assignments.
  • Training in the fall by the reading director

The Waterford campus is set on 45 acres at the foot of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, one of North America’s premier outdoor and recreational areas. The school offers an outstanding working environment. The atmosphere is collegial; both families and faculty show a genuine commitment to learning. Benefits include medical, dental, 403(b).

For more information about the school, please go to www.waterfordschool.org.

Qualified candidates should forward a résumé and letter of interest, by email, or fax, to recruiting@waterford school.org