Are you a creative, innovative and caring educator who is seeking a position that is not bound by the expectations of traditional education?
MYSA School is an innovative new microschool located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC. www.mysaschool.org At MYSA School we are creating a unique model of schooling characterized by both individualized learning plans and interdisciplinary theme based units (centered around places and resources in the DC community).
We are seeking a lead teacher/administrator who will help build the model and the school. Currently the school is finishing it's first year with 14 students in a mixed-age classroom grades K-4. This position will be an integral part of our very small founding team and the person will help to design, launch, and nourish our new school. Initially this role will be as the lead teacher of our mixed age class in order to gain insight into the teaching of the model and to help lay the foundation for building the school. In addition to teaching the first year of the job will involve working with the Head of School to build out enrollment and hire the team of teachers to grow the school. We are expecting to double in size by the fall of 2019 and at that time open enrollment to middle school students. As the school grows the position will become more administrative. This is a year-round position, reporting directly to the Head of School.
The ideal candidate will have:
Administrative experience in an elementary or middle school setting
A background in one or more of the following:
Project-based, progressive, or constructivist schools
In-depth theme-based teaching
Experience in a mixed-age setting
Experience in a start-up environment
Experience in teaching reading, writing, and social studies, math and science in an elementary setting
Experience with and excitement for exploring the use of technology in the classroom
A practice of lifelong learning and continual professional development
Ability to motivate and challenge students while maintaining a focused, orderly environment
Ability to use an interactive, hands-on, project-based approach while promoting self-discovery and critical thinking
Ability and interest to design and implement theme-based curriculum that engages children and young adolescents
A positive, passionate attitude with demonstrated professionalism, responsibility, and work ethic
A flexible attitude and ample patience
About Mysa School
Mysa School opened in the fall of 2016 as a very small, co-educational, full-day school with students in grades 6-12. In the fall of 2017, Mysa opened another small campus in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC for grades K-5. Mysa school is a pioneering school based on the rapidly growing “micro school” model that is emerging in many places in the United States. Micro schools are modern day and forward thinking versions of the one room school house. Mysa School is a hybrid model that combines two distinct, complementary, methods of education. The first method is a hands-on, project-based interdisciplinary and cooperative system where students engage in group work and solve real world problems using resources and sites in the greater DC area. The second method utilizes individually customized academic learning platforms where each student’s classes and lessons are drawn from an extensive menu of online lessons, programs and resources from around the world. In this way, Mysa School combines the best of both worlds: a tight-knit small learning community that emphasizes the building of interpersonal skills, and at the same time, crowdsourcing via the Internet the best academic lessons, classes, and programs from around the globe – personally tailored for each student.