Location: La Jolla, California
Type: Full Time
The salary offer to a successful candidate will be dependent on several factors that may include but are not limited to the type and years of experience, training, practical knowledge, and education. As an example, the anticipated salary range the school reasonably expects to pay candidates with 5-7 years of experience and a Master's degree in a related field for this position is $66,000 to $77,000.
La Jolla Country Day School is seeking an educator with demonstrated expertise teaching chemistry and/or physics at the standard and/or advanced level to join our community for the 2023-2024 academic year. This individual must also have passion for innovation and creative problem solving, and have interest and enthusiasm for global and multicultural education.
As stated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Project 2061, “A scientifically literate person is one who is aware that science, mathematics, and technology are interdependent human enterprises with strengths and limitations; understands key concepts and principles of science; is familiar with the natural world and recognizes both its diversity and unity; and uses scientific knowledge and scientific ways of thinking for individual and social purposes.” The department hopes to engender a scientific worldview that includes certain beliefs: the world is understandable; scientific ideas are subject to change; science knowledge is durable but cannot provide answers to all questions; science relies on inquiry, evidence and analysis to explain and predict; and scientific work is a complex social activity that has generally accepted ethical principles of conduct.
Essential duties include: (1) planning and preparation of materials, classroom instruction and ongoing student assessment; (2) communication with parents, including formal written reports on students several times per year; (3) active, collaborative participation in the work of the department on curriculum development, pedagogy, and student assessment; (4) serving as an advisor for 10 to 13 students; (5) serving as a chaperone for at least one of our annual Experiential Education programs/trips.
We are looking for someone who has:
A deep passion for the subject matter
A variety of classroom techniques and methods to promote high levels of achievement in relation to individual student abilities
Enthusiasm, flexibility, and a desire to collaborate with colleagues in the department, across disciplines, and in all divisions
Ability to create a supportive and caring classroom environment in which students can learn and interact positively with one another; through student-centered instruction, collaboration, and authentic assessment
The insight to gather and analyze data on student learning and teaching practices to improve the educational experience
A willingness to contribute to school life as a positive community member in ways that go beyond the role in the classroom
The candidate must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree or the equivalent in chemistry or physics, or an arguably related field. Ideally, candidates will be capable of and comfortable with teaching introductory and advanced chemistry and/or physics. The expertise to teach introductory level chemistry and physics would be a plus.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Google Workspace and Microsoft Office, and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Blackbaud, Apple TV, On Record, Seesaw, Zoom, etc.). Expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction and manage daily expectations as a team member is also needed.
The ideal candidate is committed to leading and learning with dignity, with a high level of engagement in anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, 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.
To be considered, please submit (1) your current CV/resume, (2) a cover letter detailing your interest and experience for this role, (3) your educational philosophy statement, and (4) a sample lesson plan.
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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, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.