Wasatch Academy (WA) is an independent, college preparatory, international boarding school located in Mount Pleasant, Utah (www.wasatchacademy.org).
WA teaches 360 students in grades 8-12 from 40 countries and 30 states, including 70 day students, 120 domestic boarding students, and 170 international students. Although founded in 1875 as a Presbyterian boarding school, WA has been non-denominational since 1975, and actively seeks religious and cultural diversity.
The Department of Mathematics and Engineering is currently searching for an experienced teacher of Engineering and Math, with emphasis on teaching small classes in a collaborative project-based learning (PBL) environment. We employ a myriad of teaching and learning strategies to content-learning and skills-development that are high technology, cross-departmental, and student-driven. We strive to challenge students in a PBL environment while offering honors classes, AP, and independent study opportunities offered at all grade levels. We are also currently training all teachers on how to use a competency-based educational model in their instruction and assessment. A bachelor’s degree or higher, with experience teaching high school or college classes, and an understanding of independent boarding school culture is preferred. This position reports to the Assistant Head of School for Academics. This position is full-time (10 months per year), with both teaching and extracurricular duties as outlined below.
Faculty actively engage and challenge students to learn. Respect and dignity of the individual student is a core value. Faculty teach, coach, lead recreational trips, mentor advisees, serve as class sponsors and communicate with the students, parents, educational consultants, and other faculty and administrators.
A full time teaching load is considered instruction of 80-100 students. This often translates to 5-6 academic classes. The candidate will teach mostly engineering courses but may be asked to teach 1-2 math courses at the algebra level in order to fulfill a full teaching load. Teachers are expected to design and document all relevant curriculum of their academic classes. Teachers also effectively assess, support, encourage, and mentor each individual learner. Teachers are expected to engage in cross-disciplinary PBL.
Current engineering classes offered at WA are listed below.
Engineering -- A project-based introduction to the various fields within engineering. This course serves as an introduction to many different facets of engineering. Students first learn about what it is that engineers actually do and the engineering design process. They complete design projects in which they are asked to reflect upon how they used the engineering process. Then students get a taste of industrial engineering and factory management. They begin the practice of keeping an engineering notebook. Students continue to apply the engineering design process and organizational skills that they have been honing as they begin to understand the functioning of simple machines and mechanical engineering through hands-on experimentation and building. Students then begin to learn about how to best use technology by working with software engineering, robotics and completing various electrical engineering projects using microcontrollers such as Arduino.
Robotics -- The robotics team builds and programs robots to compete in annual FTC tournaments. The robotics course is intended for students with a strong interest in robotics and in particular in competing at the level of the First Tech Challenge or other robotics events. Students focus on the mechanics involved in motion, steering, elevating, tossing and more. They learn about how to safely wire the robots with batteries, motors, and sensors. They also become expert programmers using platforms such as RobotC, Labview or Arduino to control their robots. This is a very hands on course and requires a competitive edge.
Rocketry -- The rocketry class builds and programs rockets to launch in the Utah desert. Rocketry is a course designed for students with an interest in aerospace engineering or related fields. The course focuses on rockets and rocket engines developed from scratch, multi-stage rockets, high power rocketry, and detailed flight analysis by onboard computers. Students learn how to safely design and construct rockets and rocket engines as well as analyze potential hazards in strength and durability. Accomplished students move on to explorations in supersonic flight, high altitude flight, or other areas of the student's interest.
Although faculty members at WA are primarily teachers, the boarding school lifestyle requires faculty to take on some additional responsibilities. WA employs a professional residential life staff, so teachers are not responsible for dorm activities, except for duties described below.
Weekend Recreation -- For one weekend each month, rotating faculty teams plan, guide, and supervise students on weekend recreational opportunities.
Student Advisor -- Faculty members serve as an advisor for 6-8 students. Duties include meeting with advisees regularly, communicating with parents, assisting with academic or emotional needs of advisees, ensure advisee has appropriate academic and emotional support, and encouraging and mentoring each individual advisee.
Class Sponsor -- Supervise the senior, junior, sophomore, or freshman class in the events that the class sponsors.
Communication -- Communicate regularly with students, parents, educational consultants, other faculty and administration.
Study Halls -- Facilitate a weekly 2 hour study hall for your academic classes.
Coaching Sports and/or Clubs -- Coach student athletes in a sport, club, or experiential opportunity. For many faculty, academic teaching load subsumes this responsibility.
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Wasatch Academy Future Engineering Center
The WA board of trustees has given preliminary approval for the construction of a state of the art Engineering Center. The site of this future Engineering Center has already been purchased by the school, and WA is working with an architectural firm to renovate this existing building into an adaptive and flexible facility for the engineering program at WA. This renovation is expected to be complete by the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. The engineering teacher is expected to assist, advise, and support in the design of the Engineering Center.
The current Engineering program owns complete tools, parts, and building/electronics supplies, 6 desktop and laptop computers with separate WiFi and 3-D printer, 2 small and 1 large robotics arenas, supply and storage room, Epson document camera and recorder, projector and screen, and start-up funds for new and innovative projects. There is a separate budget for all Engineering projects, as well as funds for in-state and out-of-state competitions, travel, and scholarships. Additional programs such as Science Fair, Science Olympiad, and other competitions are highly encouraged.
Compensation includes competitive base salary and benefits package including health, dental, employer-matched retirement contribution; faculty housing package including home or apartment with a utility allowance; dining hall privileges; tuition remission for faculty children; professional development budget.
Start Date: August 14, 2018
Bachelor’s degree or higher required.
Prior teaching experience.
Ability to quickly establish relationships and effectively collaborate with the school community.
Proficiency in various computer software, programming, and data entry.
Extremely well organized.
Value culture of respect, innovation, community, and ownership.
About Wasatch Academy
Located in the center of Utah, Wasatch Academy welcomes students from 40 countries and over 30 U.S. States. Today the school educates more than 300 students providing outstanding educational opportunities to a richly diverse student body. Realizing the need to form international partnerships, Wasatch Academy currently partners with more than seven international schools through a dual diploma program. These partnerships encompass a broad range of possible relationships, including agreements with schools that provide educational student and teacher exchanges.