The Upper School Science Department at The Park School of Baltimore seeks candidates for a full-time, integrated biology and chemistry or integrated physics, engineering and computer science teacher. Excellent academic credentials, demonstrated distinction, and a strong record of, or interest in, designing innovative curriculum in one or more of the following disciplines is desired: physics, biology, chemistry, engineering and computer science. Willingness to supervise and engage peers and students in large-scale design or building projects is preferable. An orientation compatible with Park’s commitment to progressive educational practices is essential.
The Core 9 or Core 10 teacher will play a collaborative, yet visionary, role in the Upper School Science Department. The Science Department is rolling out a new required curriculum in 9th and 10th grade. In Core 9, physics is integrated with computer science and engineering and is currently in its pilot year. Core 10 fuses biology with chemistry, while offering students the opportunity to apply their engineering and/computer science knowledge to the study of life. This course will be introduced to the community in the 2019-2020 academic year. We are especially interested in a dynamic, innovative person with an eye for creative and collaborative problem solving and program development.
UPPER SCHOOL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT MISSION
The Science Department engages and challenges students to develop the ability, confidence, and enthusiasm to inquire about the natural world. The Science Department supports these goals by promoting a durable understanding of the natural world through the study of chemical, biological, and physical principles. Rather than seeing each of these as separate disciplines, we encourage students to grapple with their interaction and mutual influence.
In our classrooms, we emphasize processes of inquiry and thoughtful analysis over rote recitation. Students learn to question what they observe, to look for evidence for and against a particular viewpoint. They design tests to collect data and develop increasingly sophisticated models. This emphasis on scientific process encourages an open-minded and rigorous independence of thought that students then bring to bear on the world around them.
The Science Department feels strongly that students should have the opportunity to pursue advanced work in the major disciplines. We feel that this is best accomplished by offering a rich elective program with curricula designed to meet the interests and passions of students.
All Upper School Science Department courses include formal and informal assessments and written reports. In addition to a full-time teaching schedule, the new faculty member will attend weekly faculty and department meetings, serve on school-wide committees, and share in regularly assigned duties such as Advisory and X-Block Activities (clubs). The Core 9 or Core 10 teacher participates fully in the life of Park’s Upper School as well as the K-12 Science Department.
SALARIES AND BENEFITS
Park salaries and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.
In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:
Faculty & Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program: This program
Supports summer professional development work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.9 endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process. Grants range from one to four weeks.
Tuition Remission: Under current policy, employees who have been employed at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All applicants, including employee children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. During the first two years of employment, employees can apply for support through the need-based financial assistance program.
Application Process: Send letter of interest, statement of educational philosophy, and current resume to:
Contact Person: Priscilla Morales
Associate Head of School
The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Telephone (410) 339-4159 FAX (410) 339-4125
The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee's duties.
A degree in physics, chemistry or biology or relevant teaching experience. Experience, or interest in engineering or computer science desired.
Some experience with, or a willingness to develop, exciting electives within areas of expertise and interest
Teaching experience at the Upper School level preferred
Orientation to progressive education and pedagogy
In addition to dynamic classroom teaching, successful candidates may have experience in one or more of the following: original research, program development, science immersion experiences, environmental education, grant writing
Knowledge of the complementary nature of biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and/or computer science, and energy for interdisciplinary curriculum design.
Interest in building projects and/or opportunities for civic engagement that give students opportunities to demonstrate their understanding in the greater Baltimore community.
About The Park School of Baltimore
Founded in 1912, Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school with 830 students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. The school’s core values, rooted in progressive educational philosophy, sustain an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. A fundamental commitment to inclusiveness and equity guides all programs and activities.