Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a balanced approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through 8th-grade. We have two sections of each grade level K- 8 with class sizes that average from 14-18 per class.
We believe that students learn to their potential when they are inspired. With rich content and an emphasis on student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our teachers provide an education that is both challenging and supportive. They work to ensure that students become active and curious learners – and are both local and global citizens fully prepared for future endeavors and challenges.
Woodland School’s faculty embodies the values of academic excellence, a diverse and authentic community, and strong character building. We focus on character building because it takes both strength of mind and heart to live with integrity, to find one’s passions, and to create meaningful change in the world.
Our teachers are themselves learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by introducing them to the latest knowledge and best practice in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.
Overview of the Science Department
The graduating Woodland student has deep understanding of how major concepts in science and scientific thinking like patterns, change, cause and effect, structure and function, and systems cycle throughout any content they are discovering whether it be the interactions between atoms or the butterfly cycle. Woodland School also understands that responsible global citizens need the skills not only to explain and explore scientific phenomena, but also to critically think and evaluate large amounts of data and information that can be applied to everyday life in real-world and hands-on ways. With a shift in our society’s ability to gather data, students will need these skills in order to be responsible global citizens. Science students recognize that their ideas are integral to class learning and are expected to challenge their own understandings together.
Woodland School seeks an inspiring science teacher who develops students’ inquiring minds and gives them the hands on science skills. Teachers are encouraged to immerse students in collaborative learning experiences, critical thinking skills, and evidence based explanations. The philosophy of the science department aims to engage the students in real world problems, allows them to explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate their own findings.
Science has evolved from a content based focus to a performance based program where students learn science content through interactive inquiry based labs, discussions, activities, and projects. Woodland school teachers are no longer the keepers of knowledge but instead facilitate student-centered learning by engaging them in authentic scientific scholarship through fun and engaging real-world situations.
The position requires maintaining a full teaching load, serving as an advisor to ten to twelve students, and chaperoning and duties, such as Outdoor Education week, and school dances. Teachers are expected to help twice a week at recess and lunch duty.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
We seek a dynamic teacher who inspires students to learn Science and who works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in various curricular areas and divisions. Candidates should be passionate about teaching and have a love of science and middle school aged students, and have a desire to share and collaborate with colleagues cross-curricularly.
Bachelor's degree in science, science related field, a teaching certificate or credential or equivalent professional experience which would which would translate to successful classroom teaching. Advanced degree preferred but not required.
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all constituents. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
Collaborates well with colleagues of diverse backgrounds on pedagogical approaches, curricular alignment and instructional strategies.
Promotes the use of multiple methods in solving problems, identifying more efficient strategies and generalizing principles to a broad variety of applications.
Encourages collaborative teamwork in the classroom, teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning and to consider multiple perspectives when solving problems.
Invests in the life of the school by participating in the advisory program, social and emotional learning, weekly department meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings, anti-bias training, and any and all aspects that support the student experience.
Demonstrated professional behavior, including discretion, judgment and integrity.
Effectively interacts with a diverse population of students and faculty.
All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check, LiveScan fingerprinting and TB screening.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
Frequently required to sit; occasionally required to stand and walk
Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms
Frequently required to talk or hear
Occasionally required to bend, twist, or climb.
Moderate concentration/intensity, which includes prolonged mental effort with limited opportunity for breaks.
Average memory, taking into consideration the amount and type of information.
Moderate level of complexity for decision making. Average time pressure of decision making.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
How to Apply
Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three to five references. Please combine all documents into a single PDF and send to HR@woodland-school.org.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.
Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.
Woodland School is a 270 student PS-8th grade independent school located in the beautiful hills of Portola Valley just west of Stanford University. Rooted in the philosophy of a well-balanced education that values both the good student and good person in each child, Woodland enrolls children from a wide range of Silicon Valley families.