Lead Middle School Physical Education Teacher

Adelante Schools at Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School

Lead Middle School Physical Education Teacher

2021-2022 School Year

July 2021 Start



Adelante Schools is a non-profit school management organization in Indianapolis, Indiana, building a network of outstanding public schools in the city serving families with students in grades K-8. Our mission is to create joyous neighborhood schools, preparing all scholars to graduate from college, and lead lives of leadership and service to Indianapolis. We do this work in unity and solidarity with our families and communities.

Adelante Schools seeks highly motivated, mission-oriented, reflective teachers to serve as Lead Middle School Physical Education Teacher in a turnaround school setting.

We seek teachers who know that all children are capable of excellence, who are committed to continuously improving curriculum and instruction, who are hungry for feedback, and who are always looking for ways to more effectively reach and inspire our students every day in the classroom.

We are looking for teachers who, in close partnership with their principal, grade-level teammates, and many others, are eager to do the heavy lifting of identifying skill gaps in their students and filling them—all while teaching grade-level content and inspiring their students to greatness.

Job Description

Adelante’s Fitness/Physical Education Teacher is passionate about preparing students to grow into healthy and vigorous adolescents and adults. The Fitness/Physical Education Teacher designs and executes a rigorous curriculum that promotes physical activity, healthy eating habits, sportsmanship, teamwork, and effective learning in the classroom. The curriculum should take full advantage of the school’s gymnasium and athletic field to engage students in a wide variety of sports and activities. The Fitness/Physical Education Teacher also plays a vital role in supporting the school’s academic programming as a pull-out reading teacher. The Fitness/Physical Education Teacher also will start and coach sports teams and facilitate other clubs and activities.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Implement curricula and activities to meet physical education standards
  • Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards physical education standards
  • Use assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices
  • Participate in the collaborative curriculum development process
  • Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and code of conduct
  • Be accountable for students’ mastery of physical education standards
  • Share responsibility for grade-level and school-wide activities
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues
  • Participate actively in department meetings, faculty meetings, and other meetings, including an annual three-week summer staff orientation and training
  • Provide appropriate supervision of students during class, breaks, meals, specials, and transitions to maintain an optimal work environment and to ensure students’ safety and well-being
  • Attend and participate in events outside of normal school hours (e.g., family nights, student performances, field trips, report card nights, Teacher-Family Conferences, etc.)
  • Consistently demonstrate belief in and alignment with Adelante’s core values and educational philosophy
  • Design and document a curriculum for a physical education course that meets every day for every student in classes (e.g., develop a scope and sequence, produce weekly syllabi and daily lesson plans, create a curriculum binder, integrate a wide variety of activities including fitness centers, sports, and cooperative games, etc.)
  • Assist in the purchase of the school’s athletic equipment and materials
  • Monitor and maintain the school’s athletic equipment and materials
  • Contributing to the development of a competitive team sports program
  • Attending and participating in practices, scrimmages, and interscholastic athletic competitions outside of normal school hours
  • Serve as the primary source for reading coverage
  • Is present and engaged at the school from 7:10 AM to 4:10 PM, Monday-Friday
  • Plays a vital role in supporting the school’s academic programming as a pull-out reading teachers
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
  • Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for academic subjects
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Eagerness for constant observation and feedback
  • Desire to grow professionally
  • Deeply rooted belief that children are capable of reaching the highest bars we set for them
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public district school or urban public charter school setting.
  • Valid Indiana State certification or proof of reciprocal licensure in a different state is required. Applicants in Indiana State-approved alternate certification programs must provide proof of enrollment.

Additional Information

Adelante Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies. Adelante Schools believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Job Type
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Grade Categories
Athletics and Activities, Classroom Teacher
Job Subjects
Physical Education