What does an Elementary School Teacher 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.

  • 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
  • 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
10%
2 - 4
62%
5 - 7
2%
8+
26%

Common Skill Sets

Teaching Experience
CPR First Aid
English Language
Degree IN Education
Bilingual
ESL
IN Spanish
CDA

Elementary School Teacher Seniority Levels

Language Teacher
10% made the transition
Esl Teacher
9% made the transition
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Elementary School Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$53,065 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$35K
Median: $53K
$79K
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