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Career and Technical Education: Horticulture Teacher

Description of Position: The teacher is responsible for imparting knowledge and skills to high school students in the field of Horticulture. The candidate will utilize research and practice based theories and strategies to teach, organize, and implement structured lessons for a classroom and lab.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Apply knowledge of plants, propagation, landscape design and management, and the business aspects of horticulture through effective teaching methods for student comprehension.
  • Present live demonstration utilizing lesson planning teaching and lecturing of principles which involve student practice.
  • Teach horticulture skills to high school students wishing to pursue a career in horticulture or a related field.
  • Coordinates student conferences to review students' performance, behavior and other issues.
  • Make industry connections promoting service learning, cooperative education, and work-based learning opportunities for the students.
  • Administer various types of assessments to monitor student's comprehension of materials.
  • Monitor students in the classroom maintaining order and discipline.
  • Perform various duties such as taking attendance, organization and participation in horticulture competitions.
  • Assist students as an advisor for student organization and participation in horticulture competitions.
  • Administer and/ or support the state local standardized testing processes and policies
  • Attend faculty meetings and training
  • Recognizing and responding appropriately to individual differences in students.
  • Develops lesson plans and plans lessons in a logical sequence.
  • Collaborating with other educators to create the most complete educational environment possible for students.
  • Participating in Professional Learning Communities (PLC).
  • Utilizing technology and the devices as a tool in the teaching and learning process.
  • Consistently implementing approved disciplinary actions to allow for effective instruction and classroom management.
  • Relating to parents and other community members in a positive and helpful manner.
  • Participating in school and district professional development in order to support school improvement and support student learning.
  • Attending staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
  • Enforcing rules and regulations as stated in the teacher and student handbook.
  • Adhering to policies and procedures established by district, state, and federal guidelines.
  • Maintaining accurate and complete records.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Education Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited College/University in Agricultural Education, Horticulture, Landscaping, Agricultural Economics, animal and Dairy Science, Plant and Soil Science, Poultry Science or Veterinary Science in order to be “Highly Qualified”.
  • Must hold or be eligible for a valid Mississippi Class A Career and Technical license. Licensure can be obtained upon hire.
  • Two or more years of teaching/work experience in Horticulture or a related field

Preferred Skills
  • Works effectively in groups and becomes a team player.
  • Knowledge of current instructional software programs used in engineering education curriculum frameworks and ability to work with new software.
  • Engages and motivates students to do their best.
  • Possesses adequate knowledge of their content area(s).
  • Has the basic understanding of technology.
  • Communicates with staff, students, parents and community effectively.
  • Takes the initiative to be a continuous learner.

All employees hired by the school district must pass a criminal background and child abuse registry check.