Saint Andrew's Episcopal School is seeking a dynamic and highly collaborative science teacher with an understanding of and passion for teaching middle school-age students. Founded in 1961, SAES is a diverse and inclusive PK-8 school with a strong tradition of whole-child education in the heart of the vibrant Silicon Valley. The successful candidate will join a community of dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and experienced adults – faculty and parents alike – who are committed to the mission to develop “as fully as possible the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social capacities of each student.” Our goal is to build a joyful, inclusive, and respectful learning community.
This teacher position will be responsible for teaching up to five sections of Middle School general science courses (including earth, physical, and life sciences) as well as a daily Advisory class for 12-14 students. The successful candidate must be able to transfer her/his enthusiasm for and deep understanding of science to students using multiple modalities and authentic applications in order to make learning relevant and meaningful for students. Differentiation, such that students are appropriately challenged within their developmental level, and a meaningful approach to homework are expected instructional strategies. Experience with technology integration, implementation of 21st Century learning strategies, STEAM initiatives, NGSS standards, and science curriculum development are highly desired. S/he must also demonstrate excellent communication and collaboration skills, creativity, and a high degree of self-direction and flexibility.
1) Student Relationships
- Creating an inclusive, welcoming, learning-motivated classroom environment where student voice is celebrated.
- Be attuned to and support the specific learning needs and social and emotional development of each student.
- Lead an advisory group of approximately 12-14 students; provide instruction in health, wellness, and character education while coaching, mentoring, and counseling.
- Provide academic support for students outside of class time (answering homework questions, providing extra writing help, etc.), as needed.
- Facilitate age-appropriate exploratory, investigative, and challenging inquiry-based instruction.
- Plan learning experiences that develop deep understanding and inspire enthusiasm, confidence, and a love of science.
- Create authentic learning experiences that incorporate a range of instruction modalities and which address real world issues and challenges.
- Guide students to think and act like a scientist through the development of strong scientific skills, including lab skills and report writing.
- Assess understanding using a range of formative and summative assessments, including project-based and other alternative assessments.
- Use technology creatively and effectively in a one-to-one laptop environment .
- Attend and collaborate to organize annual overnight educational trips.
- Promote social-emotional learning and executive functioning in science and Advisory classes.
- Active collaboration with other middle school teachers, educators, and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, interdisciplinary projects, educational trip planning, and other special projects.
- Communicate regularly with parents regarding course curriculum and student progress.
- Be a positive and contributing member of the school community.
- Supervise students in other roles such as recess, lunch, field trips, etc.
- Participate actively in department, grade-level team, division, and faculty meetings as scheduled.
- Pursue relevant opportunities for professional growth and development.