THE PARK SCHOOL OF BALTIMORE
UPPER SCHOOL MATHEMATICS POSITION
[An interest in Computer Science is highly desirable]
Fall 2017 Full Time Position
The primary goal of the Mathematics Department is to enable students to become more mathematically capable, confident and appreciative. Inquiry and the construction of knowledge are essential elements of each student’s mathematical experience at Park. Classes are opportunities for students to explore interesting problems using important ideas from different areas of mathematics. Training in specific mathematical habits of mind (Tinker, Visualize, Simplify the Problem…) is an ongoing focus in the classroom.
For example: early in 9th grade the students study arithmetic sequences. They are asked how they might add up the numbers 1-10 without actually adding up the individual numbers. Eventually this generalizes to sequences of arbitrary length and different "common differences." Students come up with different methods and eventually write their own formula for the sum of an arithmetic sequence. The teacher facilitates this conversation, perhaps pushing the students to use algebra to show that some of the methods that seem different from one another turn out to be equivalent.
Over the past several years, the Mathematics Department has written original 9th, 10th, and 11th grade curricula that have a strong emphasis on teaching students problem solving strategies and which encourage student discussion and inquiry. The new materials are being used as texts for all three grade levels. Work to revise and enhance these curricula will continue. It is essential that the new department member bring an enthusiasm for interesting problems, developing lessons, and collaborating with colleagues. Prospective applicants are encouraged to examine lessons from the curricula, available at http://www.parkmath.org/Sample-Lessons.
The teaching load is four sections: ideally, three sections of mathematics and one of computer science. In addition to teaching, the position includes advising individual students as well as student committees or activities, school-wide curriculum development in collaboration with colleagues, and involvement in discussion about community issues that affect the entire Upper School. Coaching experience and passion to work with students in the athletic arena are highly regarded.
SALARY & BENEFITS
Park’s salary and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.
In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:
Faculty and Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program: This program supports summer professional work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.6 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate in projects annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process.
Tuition Remission: Under current policy, employees who have been at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All candidates, including employee children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, faculty may apply for aid through the need-based financial assistance program.)
APPLICATION PROCESS: Send letter of interest, statement of educational philosophy, and resume. Please indicate whether you plan to attend any national recruitment forums. Please also indicate whether there are any special circumstances that will affect the timing of your search, availability for interviews, and decisions for the coming year.
Associate Head of School
The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Telephone: (410) 339-4159