The Upper Campus of Sierra Canyon seeks a dynamic and experienced teacher of History to start at the end of August, 2017. The Upper Campus consists of 7th – 12th grade levels. We're looking for a teacher who exhibits excellence in the classroom, encourages students' development as informed and ethical citizens of the world, and is interested in working collaboratively with colleagues.
Sierra Canyon teachers enjoy an outstanding work environment and excellent benefits, and engage with students who are eager to learn. As a private independent school, the school actively seeks to increase the diversity of its faculty and develop an inclusive community.
History at Sierra Canyon is a dynamic discipline emphasizing the pursuit of knowledge as well as the mastery of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students come to view the study of history as an interpretive act, and their work is not done until they understand not only what happened, but how and why it happened. Through a five-year sequence of required courses in grades 7-11, students acquire a deep understanding of historical methods and are grounded in the basic patterns of human economic, political, social, and intellectual development from ancient civilizations to current times. In addition, opportunities for advanced, focused study are provided through upper-level seminars and the Directed Research Program.
The primary classroom responsibility will be teaching across grade-level classes that currently exist in the history department curriculum.
A candidate ideally will have experience with the following: team-teaching in a grade level or subject matter, curricular alignment and development, best practices of writing, research, and analysis of history.
Outside of the classroom, teachers are encouraged to lead clubs, engage with students, attend outdoor ed. trips, et al. Being a member of a faculty includes contributing to the department, division and community.
Other responsibilities include those that are normally part of a private independent school commitment: weekly duties, positive interactions with students and parents, becoming a member of the community by attending different events. ??
Experience teaching history or social sciences at the middle and high school levels, World and U.S. History at the high school level preferred.
Ability to differentiate within one's own classroom and between different academic levels of classes (e.g., standard and AP).
Masters' degree is preferred. Professional development as a sign of growing one's craft is esteemed and encouraged.
Interest in and demonstrated skill working with middle and high school age students.
The interest, initiative, and energy to thrive in a lively, academically rigorous and fast-paced community.
A sense of humor, humility, and the ability to work as part of a team within one’s own division, as a member of the history department and as an integral part of the faculty who strives to foster an inclusive community.
About Sierra Canyon School
Sierra Canyon School is a college preparatory, co-educational day school located on two campuses in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. For over 30 years, the School has been a leader in quality elementary and middle school education, and seven years ago, it opened an academically rigorous upper school which today is thriving. With a student:teacher ratio averaging 16:1 and grade level sizes averaging 75 – 110, Sierra Canyon School emphasizes the core values of community and excellence in its philosophy and approach. In early 2008, grades 7 - 12 moved into a custom-built, state-of-the-art academic classroom building which enables teachers and students alike to thrive. In the spring of 2012 the school opened its doors to a newly built athletic fields and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.