MIDDLE SCHOOLMANDARIN CHINESE TEACHER and ADVISOR (Full Time)
Reports to Upper School Division Head
Overview of School
Marin Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school with an enrollment of 590 students in grades K-8. We enroll children from both San Francisco and Marin County and actively seek diversity in our administration, faculty and student body.
The school's mission asks children to become strong learners and ethical human beings who are prepared and motivated to make their world a better and healthier place. In addition to an engaging curriculum balancing academics, arts and athletics, our current strategic initiatives focus on technology, environmental sustainability, and community and global connections.
MCDS is particularly concerned with supporting its outstanding faculty and professional staff and places a strong emphasis on professional development. Every employee helps create a learning community in which all seek to improve as practitioners, learners and team members. Members of the faculty and professional staff are bright, collaborative and passionate.
Prepare and theme-based units designed for a variety of student learning styles, using techniques such as student-generated written work, teacher-led oral exercises, “Total Physical Response” activities, small group dialogue work, long and short term projects as well as culturally relevant activities and exploration
Monitor and manage effectively student learning with systems and routines in place and through the use of a variety of methods to evaluate student progress
Collaborate with other teachers on the team
Help with planning special events, such as assembly presentations
Attend to the social and emotional needs of students and utilize the expertise of our Student Support Services
Communicate regularly with parents
Regularly post homework and large project descriptions to our student information system
Prepare progress reports and conference notes
Provide support to 8th graders applying to independent schools, as necessary
Serve as liaison between school and family for advisees
Create a warm and nurturing “homeroom” environment for daily attendance, announcements, and check-ins for an advisory group of approximately 10 students
Conduct student-led parent conferences twice per year
Design and implement advisory curriculum once a week
Grade Level, Team and Department Responsibilities
Participate in regular team and department meetings focused on grade level logistics (e.g., field trips, special events) and on students
Attend overnight outdoor education trips with students
Attend World Language Department meetings
Collaborate with department members to develop and refine curriculum and assessments
Division and School-Wide Responsibilities
Attend weekly faculty meetings
Attend back to school nights
Participate in student admission process
Supervise students at recess, carpool, etc.
Participate in Upper School and all-school assemblies
Participate in school-wide curriculum review
Serve on committees
Participate in professional develop both at MCDS and outside
Serve on hiring committees
Bachelors Degree, Masters and credential preferred
3-5 years teaching experience
Strong ability to work collaboratively
MCDS is an equal opportunity employer and promotes the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the school community.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits at high NAIS levels.
Marin Country Day School is an independent K-8 coed day school enrolling 560 students at a 35-acre campus in Corte Madera, California. Our school's mission, underscored by our core values of respect, responsibility and compassion, asks children to become skilled learners and ethical human beings, motivated to make a difference in the world.
Founded in 1956 by an adventurous group of parents and... educators who believed that learning is a joyous and lifelong process, MCDS provides a distinguished education based on distinctive values, aspirations and practices. Students at MCDS enjoy the benefits of innovative teaching, enhanced understanding of how children learn, tools for clear and creative expression and an increasingly diverse student body.
Our rich and well-considered core curriculum includes a rigorous grounding in traditional academic disciplines: English, Spanish, mathematics, science and social studies. Art, athletics, drama, music and outdoor education are integral parts of the program. In addition, Aikido/Energy Time, developmental physical education and age-appropriate curricula covering nutrition, human sexuality and substance abuse promote health and wellness.
We strive as well to prepare our students to participate thoughtfully and meaningfully in the changing world of the 21st century, and to give them flexible skill sets that will serve them in a world that is more competitive and technologically integrated. Woven into the program are initiatives promoting ecoliteracy, global awareness and engagement and facility in the use of technology. Ongoing review of the core program assures that the curriculum is dynamic, incorporates current pedagogy and best practices, and is well-aligned through the nine grade levels.