What does a Teacher, Elementary School do?

An elementary school teacher is responsible for creating a welcoming classroom environment. They are responsible for creating and executing lesson plans in the classroom. A few of the main duties of an elementary school teacher are creating and editing lesson plans, enforcing classroom and school rules, observe and evaluate student performance, and grade homework and tests. They also have to keep parents updated on their children. Some of the jobs titles that an elementary school teacher could grow into are principal and vice principal.

An elementary school teacher should have 2 years of experience in teaching and a Master's degree in teaching. One of the most important skills that an elementary school teacher will have is their ability to control a classroom. Another skill is empathy as the elementary school teacher will need to relate to their students. They also need to be able to report their classroom progress to the principal and vice principal.

What responsibilities are common for Teacher, Elementary School jobs?
  • Keep the classroom under control
  • Develop lesson plans
  • Establish and enforce a set of rules for the classroom
  • Keep parents updated on their child's progress
  • Prepare students for standardized tests
  • Monitor the halls in between classes
  • Encourage students to learn as much as they can
  • Recognize problematic behavior in students
What are the typical qualifications for Teacher, Elementary School jobs?
  • Master's degree in teaching
  • Empathy to care for students
  • Ability to control a classroom
  • Great scheduling ability
  • Great organizational skills
  • Great communication and listening skills
  • Ability to communicate issues to parents
  • State teaching certification
  • Ability to get the most out of any student
Work/Life Balance
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Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Teacher, Elementary School Salaries

Average Base Pay

$71,407 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $71K
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Teacher, Elementary School Career Path

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Teacher, Elementary School

Years of Experience Distribution

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Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)
Secondary Classroom Teacher
Jul 16, 2022

“23 and now is July and I don’t know if I will be getting a salary increase or just nothing.”

Bethel School DistrictBethel School District
Teacher, Elementary School
Aug 12, 2022

“The mentor program is amazing and is one of the main reasons I didn't freak out and quit.”

Tutor CorpsTutor Corps
Teacher, Elementary School
Oct 11, 2022

“I really enjoy tutoring students and have found it to be a great opportunity to improve my own skills in areas I don't teach regularly.”

Grapevine-Colleyville ISDGrapevine-Colleyville ISD
Teacher, Elementary School
Jul 2, 2021

“You don't have opportunities to grow if you are not friends with the coordinators/directors even if you have better qualifications than the other people.”

Bellevue Christian SchoolBellevue Christian School
Teacher, Elementary School
Sept 24, 2022

“Pulling students one on one for help with their learning targets was nice because there isn't any need to deal with classroom management.”

DSC International SchoolDSC International School
Teacher, Elementary School
Mar 28, 2022

“Organizational and administrative problems.”

Beacon College PrepBeacon College Prep
Teacher, Elementary School
Jun 22, 2022

“It's a great balance of having autonomy as a teacher while also having a curriculum that I truly enjoyed working with.”

Blue Valley SchoolBlue Valley School
Elementary Principal
Aug 5, 2020

“Teachers are amazing and great to work with.”

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