The Out-of-Door Academy seeks a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) teacher to engage 4th and 5th grade elementary school children in becoming problem-solvers, innovators, inventors, and logical thinkers eager to pursue STEM subjects now and as they move into the Middle and Upper Schools. In this full-time position, the STEM teacher is an integral part of the instructional team who has a vision and understanding of skills needed in design thinking and scientific inquiry. STEM teaching requires both deep content knowledge and strong teaching skills in order to help students excel in each of the four curricular elements.
The Lower School STEM Teacher will join Out-of-Door during an important period of programmatic growth and development and will be instrumental in the ongoing, qualitative progress of the division. The next phase of the Lower School’s growth and evolution will bring continuous improvement to a number of program areas. Strategic priorities for the Lower School include creating a more inclusive school community; increasing the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the student body, faculty and staff; and strengthening the school’s commitment to wellness.
Like all Out-of-Door faculty members, the successful candidate should expect to develop healthy and lasting relationships with students, inspire them to reach their full academic and personal potential, live the school’s mission and core values on a daily basis, and contribute to the broader life of the school community, including advising, coaching, and leading extra-curricular activities.
Reporting to the Head of Lower School, the Lower School STEM Teacher will be responsible for the following:
Developing and delivering STEM educational activities for students that focus on the integration of learning technologies, science, math, and engineering topics.
Using the latest scientific findings, tools, and data to inform and enrich the experience for students.
Coordinating the development, delivery and implementation of STEM curriculum, initiatives, events, and projects with faculty, the technology integration coach, the curriculum team, and school leadership.
Integrating STEM principles into the instructional program; technology infusion; rigorous, project-based and applied learning experiences; school-to-career connections for students; and the essential learning skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
Providing opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery through empathy-driven projects, academic competitions, and community showcases.
Living the school’s mission and core values of respect, integrity, service, excellence, and responsibility.
Experience, Skills and Knowledge
Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education with a focus in one of the STEM disciplines required; Master’s degree in a STEM discipline, or a related field preferred.
Minimum of five years of experience in teaching; independent school experience preferred.
Proficient in the development of curriculum, arts and athletic offerings, and extracurricular activities.
A successful track record of working effectively with a wide range of constituencies including students, faculty, staff, and parents, and alumni.
A broad and deep knowledge of traditional and emerging curricular and pedagogical trends, current thinking about best practices in teaching and learning, and the use of technology to enhance the student experience.
An honest person who will live the school’s values and who effectively blends candor, care, and empathy in dealing with others.
An approachable person who builds meaningful relationships, listens well, and respects differences of opinion.
A strategic thinker who possesses excellent communication skills and a high level of emotional intelligence.
A hard-working professional who thrives in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full-time teaching position beginning in August 2019. Compensation will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Once an offer is made and accepted, the position will require the completion of a successful background screening. At Out-of-Door, we value a diverse workforce. Applicants of any race, creed, physical ability, color, religion, sex, age, gender, sexual orientation or national origin are encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 194-SRQ
About The Out-of-Door Academy
Located on two campuses totaling 90 acres in beautiful, Sarasota, Florida, The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving 740 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. At Out-of-Door, students are happy, engaged, and excited about their academic and personal growth. Talented and dedicated faculty challenge students to reach their full potential while providing a high level of individual support. The school’s rigorous and innovative academic program ensures that learning is both meaningful and lasting. Offerings in the arts and athletics enrich the ODA experience and provide opportunities for students to discover and develop their unique interests and talents. Graduates leave Out-of-Door not only academically prepared but also with the strength of character and passion for learning that provide a strong foundation for their future success in college and in life.
Out-of-Door was founded on Siesta Key in 1924 to serve students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. In 1996, a second campus in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota was acquired to accommodate the addition of an upper school. Over the past ten years, t...he school has experienced steady and impressive enrollment growth from 550 to 740 students. The campuses have also evolved and developed in response to this growth. Today, the five-acre Siesta Key campus is home to the Lower School (PK-5), and the 85-acre Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch houses both the Middle and Upper Schools. Facilities include interactive technology in every classroom, a fine and performing arts center with a black box theater, a student and STEM Center, a full-size gymnasium with a wellness center, a lighted stadium, tennis courts and both competition and practice fields.