Are you a tinkerer, designer, maker or technologist? Do you love to mentor people and think that you are a great teacher? If so, working with the Innovation Lab at La Jolla Country Day School might be for you.
The Innovation Lab at La Jolla Country Day School, having just completed its third year in existence, values its “startup atmosphere” where the entire blended team of experienced educators and industry professionals is key in redesigning the K-12 education experience. Our goal is to teach our students professional level research skills and development processes that are critical to adoptable innovation. Students are expected to work for industry and develop IP, products, solutions and technology.
As the Innovation Lab’s Interim Innovation Electives Teacher, you will be a member of a mixed team of professionals from industry and education playing an integral role in educating our students to become true innovators. We believe that true innovators can identify the right problems to solve and be able to deliver solutions that meet user needs, are technically feasible and are business viable. Over the last three years since the founding of the Innovation Lab, our students have worked for industry corporations such as CamelBak, Ottobock and others, filed for patents, started businesses and won national design competitions.
Working with the rest of the team and reporting to the assistant head of school for design & innovation you will work on projects that will enable our students to make a name for themselves and the Innovation Lab.
The expertise that you will need to bring to the Innovation Lab at La Jolla Country Day School will be in 3D printing, laser cutting, digital and analog electronics, hand and computer controlled machining. You will need to have a demostrable skillset not only in the tools but in project development and hands-on teaching and mentorship.
This is a 1/2 – 3/4 time position teaching and mentoring MS students, faculty and staff as well as working on a variety of departmental support projects.
2018-2019 Specific Responsibilities
Teach two Middle School (7th/8th grade) elective trimester blocks (6 classes during one academic year) on a variety of subjects
Work on various department projects such as maintaining and adding capability to the Innovation Lab website – www.innovation-education.com
Work on various projects that add capabilities to the department
Have a positive attitude and a sense of humor.
Be a role model to both our female and male students.
Able to work collaboratively within a team while still being a self-starter and able to work effectively in an independent manner.
Able to constructively give and receive feedback
Be a lifelong learner
Strong mechanical and electrical skill set.
At least 2 years teaching in a middle or upper school classroom
A team player who can easily adapt in a rapidly changing environment.
“Nice to Have” Requirements
Expert level skills in a wide variety of design software
Willingness to learn other design or engineering skills outside of the digital realm
The ideal candidate will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students and teachers of character who have a strong work ethic and a desire for greatness in any realm that inspires them. Through an outstanding faculty and staff, the school delivers an exceptional academic program, mentors the pursuit of greatness, and engages thought leaders into the fabric of the school. Its promise is to “Inspire Greatness for a Better World.”