ESA is seeking a science and math teacher to teach a ninth grade physical science course, a twelfth grade physics course, and a middle or upper school math course.
The physical science course is taken by all ninth grade students in the upper school. It is designed to introduce the students to fundamental concepts in both physics and chemistry as well as teach basic science skills, such as how to design and perform experiments, interpret data, and present experimental results. The teachers for this course are expected to work collaboratively to design labs and activities that challenge the students’ scientific reasoning skills, elucidate the desired concepts, and get the students excited about doing science.
The goal of the twelfth grade physics course is to prepare students to succeed in a college level physics course by teaching them to “think like a physicist”. As such, deciding which concepts are covered in the course is not as important as teaching those concepts in a deep, engaging, and mathematically challenging manner. The teacher of this course will have wide latitude in deciding which physics concepts are emphasized based upon both the students’ and his or her own interests in the subject. As with all science courses at ESA, the lessons are expected to incorporate extensive laboratory activities to help the students further hone his or her scientific inquiry skills.
In addition to these two science courses, the new teacher will also be expected to teach a math course in either the middle or upper school. Which course is taught will depend on individual course enrollment as well as the teacher’s own interests and qualifications and can vary year-to-year. All math courses at ESA are expected to challenge the students’ mathematical problem solving ability while conveying an enthusiasm and passion for the subject.
The ideal candidate for this position is someone who is passionate about math and science and has a strong desire to cultivate enthusiasm for these subjects in our students. He or she should enjoy working independently to design lessons that adhere to the science and math departments’ teaching philosophies as well as working collaboratively to refine those philosophies. A Bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry, engineering, or highly-related field is required, and a Master’s degree or higher is preferred. ESA is accepting resumes from new teachers, but 3 or more years teaching experience is also a preference.
Episcopal School of Acadiana is a co-ed, college-preparatory day school for students in grades PK-3 through 12. Our mission is to instill in every student the habits of scholarship and honor. ESA challenges its students to develop intellectually, spiritually, and physically.