Mount Vernon Presbyterian School seeks an innovative and collaborative Middle School French and Humanities teacher for the 2018-19 school year. Versatility, collaboration, and openness to innovative instructional practices are essential. Availability to sponsor athletic, artistic, or academic teams/clubs is preferred.
Faculty at Mount Vernon are inquisitive, nurturing, flexible, and creative. They model lifelong learning for their colleagues and students. They involve themselves in areas of the School beyond their classroom walls. The teacher is responsible for fulfilling all of his/her responsibilities in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the School.
This individual will:
Report directly to the Head of Middle School and work closely with the MS Head of Learning and Innovation and the Dean of Student Life and Operations
Be a curious and collaborative educator, dedicated to facilitating and encouraging the growth of students and colleagues
Provide meaningful instruction in Middle School French and Humanities courses using a variety of research-based and innovative teaching methods
Collaborate with faculty across disciplines to facilitate interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and project-based learning experiences
Possess strong character with an absolute drive for excellence, a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the learning and social-emotional needs of students
Demonstrate a high level of competency in multiple Mount Vernon Mindsets (Collaborator, Communicator, Creative Thinker, Ethical Decision-Maker, Innovator, and Solution Seeker).
Embody and advance the mission, vision, and norms of the School
General Teaching Responsibilities:
Knowledge of the curriculum (subject-specific and interdisciplinary connections) of courses being taught and of those throughout the program
Design and execution of well-planned lessons with appropriate connections within and outside of the classroom (with a focus on integration of subject areas, problem solving, and application)
Timely maintenance of accurate and comprehensive records of each student’s performance and progress
Care and nurture for the social and emotional needs of each student
Effective, proactive, and timely verbal and written communication with students and parents pertaining to a child’s progress and needs as well as general information
Maintenance of an organized, inviting, and student-centered learning environment
Collaboration with colleagues in lesson planning as well as work on schoolwide goals
Active search and participation in professional growth opportunities
Creation of differentiated lessons to match the needs of each student in the classroom
Participation on Research, Design, and Iteration teams and faculty meetings working toward schoolwide goals
Participation in duties (e.g. lunch, enrichment and carpool) and others as assigned
Current Pedagogical Influences include:
Understanding by Design
Stanford University Design Thinking
Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero and Visible Thinking Routines
Comprehensive focus on knowledge, skills, and dispositions
Neuroscience and human development
Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in French, social studies, English or a related field; teaching experience; proficiency and facility with technological tools and platforms.
About Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Established in 1972, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, serving students in preschool through grade 12, is located in the heart of Sandy Springs within the metropolitan Atlanta area on a 37-acre campus. Throughout the School's rich history, MVPS remains committed to offering an innovative educational experience for students to lead the future with confidence as they confront a fast-paced digitally based global marketplace. Mastering 21st century skills, driven by a vigorous college preparatory environment, reflects the world-class education received by students at Mount Vernon. The School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).