Punahou School celebrates the richness of its traditions as it embraces the responsibility to provide a relevant educational experience in a rapidly changing world. Punahou places students at the center of the curriculum, with the aim of authentic learning in a sequence and pace that is coherent and purposeful to the individual child. A Punahou education seeks to provide multiple pathways towards growth and success for each student through a broad and meaningful program of studies and through rich experiences for exploration, discovery and mastery. Working within a coherent curricular framework that promotes personalized, product-oriented, inquiry-based learning embedded in authentic, meaningful assessments, Punahou seeks to cultivate curious, confident, and self-directed students. We value the rich opportunities for teaching and learning that are inherent Hawaiian values and in the gift of “place” at Punahou. Our faculty attends to the social-emotional learning of our students via intentional opportunities to provide an environment and a range of learning experiences that educate our children for compassionate, moral, and ethical action at school, in our community, and in the world. Our teachers are agile learners themselves, demonstrating a growth mindset and a commitment to their continual professional development. Incoming teachers will join a dedicated and inspiring faculty whose ongoing reflection and renewal is supported by a schoolwide culture of collaboration and innovation.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for teaching middle school students and possess the traits needed to work with middle schoolers. Middle school teachers also serve as an advisor to 12-14 students. The Advisor serves as an advocate for the middle school child and communicates with the child, parents, academic dean, and teachers as needed. Advisors also lead advisory activities. Candidates should be comfortable with leading the advisory program curriculum that is centered on character education and social-emotional and ethical learning (SEEL). In the middle school, the classroom experience is designed around an interdisciplinary teaming model. Candidates should possess the demonstrated ability to function as members of the interdisciplinary teams with the ability to integrate technology into the curriculum and learn new technologies; to interact with students in a variety of instructional settings which include multiple learning centers, outdoor experiences.
Position Details: Department: Junior School Status: Full Time Regular FLSA Status: Exempt Work Year: 2019 - 2020 School Year Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Bachelor’s degree in Education or a background in the academic area for which applying. Master’s degree preferred.
Three (3) years of experience working in a middle school or a combination of education and experience.
Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds; an understanding of the developmental needs of adolescents, sensitivity to each individual student’s needs; and ability to appreciate the variety of perspectives offered by individual viewpoints, disciplines and cultural understandings.
Strong knowledge of content area curriculum and instructional methodologies. Candidates who are not driven by a table of contents, but rather can help students master concepts in creative, meaningful, and personalized ways preferred.
Ability to work cooperatively within a grade level and team to modify and develop materials and assessments within an articulated curricular framework that is embedded in the school's mission, vision, and aims.
Experience with national math contests, such as the Continental Math League, American Mathematics Competition, and MATHCOUNTS preferred. Candidate may be expected to serve as a math team coach.
The ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, parents, and other members of the Punahou community.
The ability to use information competently in critical thinking, decision-making, and problem solving.
Knowledge about current research on teaching and learning for this age group and skilled in applying its findings to a variety of situations – particularly those that call upon students to access, evaluate, and use information from multiple sources in order to learn, to think, and to create and apply new knowledge.
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills with the ability to respond effectively. Ability to communicate effectively in large and small group settings.
Knowledge of basic software applications and the ability to integrate technology effectively in teaching and learning.
Excellent organizational skills; the ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and deadlines during a consistently fast paced, time-sensitive school year.
The flexibility to meet job requirements beyond the school day.
Proven leadership and class management skills.
Excellent work ethic; models respect, honesty, and integrity.
Demonstrated history of maximizing impact of a variety of professional development opportunities to improve student learning. The ability and willingness to learn enthusiastically as a member of a Professional Learning Community, and to connect with local, national, and global Professional Learning Networks.
About Punahou School
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for life.
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interests and talents under the guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in athletics and the arts, and an array of co-curricular opportunities offer an integrated, 21st-century education for the whole child.
Students exemplify the diversity and strength of Hawai`i and reflect the School’s commitment to providing robust, need-based financial aid. When students graduate from Punahou, they join a network of 30,000 alumni spanning the globe. Beyond excellent scholars, the School seeks to develop engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.