The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted and talented students since 1967. Today, Nueva serves over 800 students PK–12 and expects to grow to over 950 students in the next few years. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six different counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.
A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over.”
The Nueva School seeks a dynamic and experienced science and garden educator to become part of our faculty. Nueva is continuing to build a preeminent science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) program, with a specialty in design thinking. We seek a science and garden specialist to collaborate with a team of science teachers, classroom teachers, and other specialists to design and deliver integrated, differentiated, and challenging curriculum, and to work with middle and upper school science teachers to maintain vertical articulation within the science curriculum across the school. The ideal candidate will also be passionate about cultivating in students a deep sense of stewardship of the natural world through meaningful experiences in Nueva’s organic garden and throughout its natural campus.
We are committed to constructivist education, authentic, project-based learning, and an inquiry science and garden program that features hands-on investigations, experiential education, and authentic problem solving opportunities. In addition, the school has a commitment to social-emotional learning that pervades the culture of the school.
- Design and teach science classes for grades K, 1, and 3 (60% of the position).
- Maintain an organic garden taking responsibility for all aspects of the site including administering the garden program, care of chickens, planting and harvesting crops, and maintaining shed and greenhouse (40% of the position).
- Design a dynamic, intellectually engaging, and relevant science curriculum.
- Maintain science lab, equipment, curriculum materials, and consumables.
- Use documentation to make learning visible to the children, parents, and larger community, and as a basis of your own reflection and professional growth.
- Communicate with parents and colleagues through regular curricular updates and individual student feedback.
- Collaborate with teachers and students across disciplines and grade levels to develop garden-based programs.
- Mentor an associate teacher and participate in reflection and coaching activities.
- Write narrative student evaluations twice per year.
Participate in after-school meetings, some evening/weekend events, overnight trips, and committee work.
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