Summary: Uses effective, hands-on instructional lessons and labs that demonstrate the scientific process for biological science units in accordance with the school’s curriculum, while collaborating closely with the rest of the science faculty. Strong background in environmental science, biology and sustainability. A full-time teacher of life science lab courses: current classes include 9th grade Biology (with strong field biology, environmental and ecology components) and an 11th-12th grade course: Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Implements Project-Based Learning techniques and strategies.
Builds community through effective communication and collaboration with students, colleagues, parents, house parents, and administrators about classroom activities and student progress.
Creates relevant and authentic learning experiences, including Placed-Based Learning strategies that engage students with the broader community.
Plans and executes lessons that invoke student interest and ownership, incorporates real-life situations where appropriate, and demonstrates an awareness of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Effectively integrates 21st century skills and STEM best practices into the classroom.
Implements backward design in a Understanding by Design (UbD) framework to align all lessons, activities, labs and assessments.
Models an enthusiasm and love for science.
Exhibits knowledge of student cognitive development and various learning styles
Showcases student work within the community.
Scaffolds instructional activities that facilitate engaging and appropriate learning opportunities.
Differentiates instruction based on feedback, needs, and learning levels.
Proven track record of working with a wide range of students – helping each student be successful and reach their full potential.
Provides opportunities for student engagement through student “voice and choice”.
Designs formal and informal assessments that measure student progress and uses this data to inform instruction.
Maintains the life science preparation room, lab supplies, greenhouse, aquariums, and other related environments necessary to the teaching of life sciences.
Recognizes that the subject of science is a vehicle for character education.
Establishing an exemplary classroom culture that balances high expectations with love and support.
Supporting student recruitment, enrollment, and retention activities as needed.
Becomes a part of a strong and supportive professional learning community.
Willing to be trained in and embrace both the SLII leadership model and in Clifton Strengths Based Leadership.
Supervises student workers who help maintain the animals & greenhouse.
Master’s degree in science or science education, or relevant field preferred.
Strong background knowledge in biology and the environment as well as physical sciences preferred.
Current teaching certification and proficiency in student-centered experiential and inquiry based learning at the secondary level.
Desire to take full advantage of the School’s unique physical environment (~350 acres) as an extension of the classroom.
Ability to collaborate with students and adults coupled with an eagerness to take initiative.
Note: This description includes most but not necessarily all of the activities and responsibilities currently assigned to this position.
Additional Salary Information: depends on years of teaching experience, excellent benefits