Lick-Wilmerding High School seeks a dedicated full-time Body-Mind Education (BME) team member to join its faculty for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Teach four sections of 9th grade Body-Mind Education
Full participation in all department and faculty meetings
Co-curricular responsibilities include serving as an academic advisor for a small group of students
BME classes average 16 students per section. Two-thirds of the 9th grade BME curriculum centers around “Climbing” and “Strengthen, Stretch, Relax” classes, featuring climbing, yoga and other body-based disciplines. One third consists of “Health & Wellness,” a series of presentation and discussion based sessions focusing on teen health topics that range from community health to personal health. Tenth grade features a classroom-based program focusing on health and wellness. Over time, responsibilities may shift to teaching both 9th and 10th grade sections.
The ideal candidate will possess:
A college degree—Master of Education, Master of Public Health, Teaching Credential in Physical Education, Master of Counseling, or equivalent strongly preferred; we are open to other backgrounds and combinations of educational degrees and certifications
Yoga teacher certification at the 200, 300, or 500 hour level, and Registered Yoga Teacher status, or higher, with Yoga Alliance
Experience teaching body-based disciplines, including yoga, to adolescents; other disciplines such as Climbing, Pilates, Tai Chi/Qigong, or Certified Group Fitness would be a welcome bonus
Certification or experience teaching health related topics to teens, especially Sexual Health, Sexual Education, Drug and Alcohol Education, and Diversity and Inclusivity
Strong facilitation skills to support engaged, respectful, and supportive conversations among groups of teens
The ideal candidate will also demonstrate and express:
An ability to work well both independently and collaboratively
Interest in curriculum development, curricular innovation, and professional growth
Experience in student-centered teaching and learning, including differentiated instruction for students who present a variety of skillsets and needs
Experience working with diverse populations, contributing to campus equity and inclusion efforts, and/or evidence of cultural competence
A commitment to equity and culturally responsive education, offering all students, regardless of background, identity, or previous education, the opportunity to learn and to thrive in BME
HOW TO APPLY Please visit lwhs.org/employment to apply for the position. Please include—all in PDF format—a cover letter addressing the questions below, a resume, a statement of educational philosophy, a 75-minute yoga-based lesson plan designed for adolescents, and contact information for three references. No calls, emails, or faxes, please.
Please address the following questions in your cover letter:
How does each element of your sample lesson plan showcase your particular talents and values as a teacher? How does your lesson particularly support adolescents, as well as the mission of the school?
What is the value of Body-Mind Education in the context of a diverse, independent, college-preparatory high school education?
How does your approach to teaching express your commitment to equity and culturally responsive education? Provide an example of a time when you chose to change or alter your plan because of the diversity of the group with whom you were working. What changes did you make and why did you make them? How did your changes manifest? What did you learn from the situation?
SCHOOL OVERVIEW Lick-Wilmerding High School has an institutional commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Located in San Francisco, LWHS is a college preparatory, co-educational day school serving 500 students from grades 9-12. Founded in 1895 as a technical arts school and tuition free until 1972, LWHS has a long history of welcoming and supporting students from all walks of life and prides itself on being a private school with public purpose. At LWHS, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff in all its forms is central to what we believe constitutes an excellent education, and we are institutionally committed to ongoing reflective work in order to further define and articulate this complex and worthwhile vision.
The average full-time teacher workload is 62 students, the students are motivated, and the compensation is generous. Lunch is included in the comprehensive benefits package for faculty and staff.
Successful teaching candidates will have developed a thoughtful teaching practice, have three years of teaching experience at a minimum, have earned a teaching credential, masters degree, or equivalent experience, and know that teachers at the high school level serve as role models and educators both inside and outside the classroom. A love of high school students, flexibility, and a sense of humor are required.
About Lick-Wilmerding High School
Mission Statement: A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.