Paideia is a K-12 college preparatory school of 1000 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the junior high enrolls 185 students. The program includes six self-contained homebase classrooms as well as specialist teachers. There are two teachers in each of the six classrooms with a mix of approximately 31 7th and 8th grade students. Homebase teachers work together as lead and assistant or as co-lead teachers. The junior high homebase curriculum includes creative writing, literature, grammar, and social studies. Each classroom does a year-long community service project.
Paideia’s philosophy is based on the belief that to educate well, schools must be conscious of individual strengths and weaknesses. The junior high faculty emphasizes the acquisition of basic academic skills and content and the development of social skills. Teachers frequently employ nontraditional means to achieve these traditional goals. Most academic work in the junior high school is carried out through small-group instruction that encourages individual challenge and achievement rather than competition.
Homebase teachers work collaboratively with each other to integrate the curriculum requirements for the age. Both teachers participate in parent conferences, curriculum development, student assessment, professional development, faculty meetings, and instruction. Not only must a teacher be proficient in teaching the language arts and/or social studies classes but also in creating a positive, nurturing environment for students.
We are looking for someone who has a passion for furthering an already solid foundation in the best teaching practices for this age. Our search is for candidates who have a love and understanding of adolescents, a knowledge and understanding of learning strategies to support all types of students, established proficiency in teaching the humanities at the junior high school level, skills in integrating curriculum and providing connectedness for learners, clear communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively as a part of a team.
At least five to seven years of experience working as a junior high classroom teacher is preferred.
About The Paideia School
Paideia is a K-12 college preparatory school of 999 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the elementary school enrolls 333 students. The elementary program includes twelve full-day, self-contained classrooms grades K-6. There are two teachers in each class of twenty-six to twenty-eight children. Teachers work together as lead teacher and assistant or as two co-lead teachers. Other than classes with specialists including art, music, physical education, and library, children remain with their own teachers throughout the day.
We believe the constellation of relative strengths and weaknesses among any group of students can differ widely; teachers decide when and how to offer extra help, when and where to augment a task to provide extra challenge, and when and why to take a step back to allow a child to process information. Social development is an integral part of a child’s maturation. Teachers help children learn how to work together cooperatively and effectively.