Exciting Opportunity at Francis Parker School in San Diego, California
Francis Parker School is seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate educator who shares its core values: Students First, Academic Excellence, Global Perspective, Strength of Character, Inclusive Community, and No Limit to Better. Collegial and collaborative, Parker faculty create a learning environment that is dynamic and engaging. Parker faculty are content and pedagogical experts who invest in professional growth generously supported by the School. Importantly, Parker’s unswerving commitment to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community creates a culture of respect for all.
If Parker’s values and school culture resonate with you, we encourage you to consider this opportunity.
About Francis Parker School:
Francis Parker School is a coeducational independent day school in San Diego, California with 1235 students in grades JK-12. Founded in 1912, the school’s mission is “to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world”.
Overlooking Mission Valley, two separate campuses serve students in Lower School – junior kindergarten through 5th grade; Middle School – 6th grade through 8th grade and Upper School – 9th grade through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school Parker offers a comprehensive program that includes twenty-five advanced placement courses as well as a rich palette of electives – all designed to meet the individual needs of our students.
Francis Parker School seeks an enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate educator to teach English in our 6-12 English Department.
This is a full-time position (5 sections) that ideally will include advising the Upper School magazine (The Scribe) as well. The specific teaching assignment has not yet been determined and may be exclusively Upper School (9-12) or some combination of Middle and Upper School (6-12), based on both the needs of the department and the particular experience and skill set of the new teacher. Experience in newspaper, journalism, and/or other publications a plus.
The department gears all of its classes toward a group inquiry, so the applicant should be well versed in planning, leading, and moderating vibrant and lively class discussions. The candidate should also be deeply experienced in varying teaching methods and techniques to maximize student engagement.
The Middle School, which includes grades 6-8 and enrolls 300+ students, is a lively and dynamic place. True to the vision of the school’s namesake, Colonel Francis W. Parker, the Middle School emphasizes the importance of learning through doing. A rigorous curriculum guided by a passionate and caring faculty nurtures in students a lifelong love of learning.
The Upper School, which includes grades 9-12 and enrolls 500+ students, is a rigorous and supportive academic environment focused on preparing students for intellectual engagement while in high school and in the years beyond. Building on the work of the Lower and Middle Schools, the Upper School emphasizes academic achievement, global citizenship, and strength of character in order to prepare students to make a meaningful difference in the world.
The preferred candidate will have a depth of content knowledge that equips the candidate to teach in the Upper School, while also having the broad teaching repertoire required for a range of both learners and grade levels. Flexibility is a must!
Developing and executing classroom lessons; assigning relevant coursework; creating and administering thoughtful assessments; evaluating student performance.
Working with a wide range of age appropriate literary texts.
Working collaboratively with the department and the assigned grade-level team.
Employing a variety of methodologies in facilitating student writing.
Planning and teaching a challenging course of study in a developmentally appropriate manner with experience in differentiating instruction.
Communicating and meeting with parents when necessary.
Advising and mentoring a group of students.
Meeting with students and colleagues as required.
Participating in the curricular improvement of the department.
Willingness to initiate or participate in co-curricular activities such as Global Education Trips/Discovery Week, Camp, Math Team, Academic League, Robotics, or Coaching Athletics.
Participating in the daily life of the school and taking on additional and appropriate extra-curricular responsibilities.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in English preferred.
Several years of experience teaching English in high school, middle school, or both.
Experience in publications, writing, editing, and/or journalism.
Broad knowledge and experience with current best practices in curriculum and instruction.
A track record of teaching classes with notable rigor.
A desire to contribute to an active and vibrant professional community in positive ways.
A passionate commitment to student learning in general and differentiated learning in particular.
Extraordinary communication and presentation skills
A proficiency in the use of technology
A desire to work in a highly collaborative environment
Salary and Benefits:
Francis Parker School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a substantial compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA-CREF retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage. Individual salary is negotiable depending on years of experience and educational background.
Francis Parker School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
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