The Bosque School English Department seeks an experienced Middle School English teacher to begin in August 2017. In keeping with Bosque's emphasis on community, we seek a teacher who cultivates student reading, thinking, and writing skills in the context of strong relationships, and with a deep understanding and appreciation of early adolescence. This teacher will guide students in developing evidence-based written arguments (by eighth grade these may take the form of extended research essays) as well as engaging their emerging voices in personal narratives and other creative genres. Our curriculum emphasizes recent multicultural literature alongside texts whose difficulty challenges students to increase their skills (eighth-graders read a complete Shakespeare play, while sixth- and seventh-graders may work through scenes or speeches, for example); within this framework, this teacher will choose his or her own grade-appropriate book list. The Bosque Middle School offers a collaborative, digitally supported teaching environment with opportunities for cross-disciplinary inquiry learning. As Bosque faculty, we are committed to reading and writing as practices in our own lives. We seek a colleague whose teaching likewise expresses a personal commitment to lifelong learning.
Responsibilities of the position include: teaching five sections of English (including four seventh-grade sections); serving as faculty advisor to twelve students; sponsoring a one-week experiential learning program; participating in faculty meetings and in ongoing professional development through Bosque's Sofia Center; and fulfilling other duties as assigned by the Head of Middle School.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and statement of teaching philosophy. Send materials as attachments to Karen Sanchez, Assistant to the Head of Middle School at firstname.lastname@example.org. A short teaching video will be requested of candidates advancing past the initial stage. Two references will be requested of candidates reaching the interview stage. Consideration of all candidates will take place until an offer is made and accepted.
This position requires: the ability to help all students negotiate a multicultural society; a four-year degree, either in English or accompanied by other evidence of reading and writing as valued practices; and above all, a deep commitment to Middle School students and their development.
Founded in 1994 and located on a 45-acre site in the bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bosque School values integrity, community and scholarship. Our progressive curriculum is designed to support a lifelong learning mindset through challenge and inquiry. Through the Bosque Environmental Monitoring Program, our students host thousands of peers from around the state as they are trained on-site to c...ollect scientific data for use by researchers at the University of New Mexico. A dynamic Service Learning program develops student leadership skills. Ongoing teacher growth is facilitated by the Sofia Center for Professional Development, like BEMP and our student service program, an expression of the school's commitment to public-private partnership in our community. Currently, we serve about 490 students in grades six through twelve. There are over 60 full-time faculty members with more than half of them holding advanced degrees and a support staff of 41. The average class size is 16 and the average student:faculty ratio is 9:1.