Summary: Uses a variety of teaching methods to teach for understanding, ensuring students are effectively applying their knowledge and skills; teaches Social Studies for Upper School with an ability and interest in teaching history, possibly including business management, entrepreneurial studies, and economics; mentors students as their teacher, character educator, and advisor.
Work Performed: Essential Duties
Displays a strong interest and love for working with high school students
Plans lessons that invoke student interest and ownership, incorporates real-life situations where appropriate, and demonstrates an awareness of the needs of the 21st century learner
Willingness to work effectively in a 1:1 tablet laptop environment, using technology as a tool to enhance learning
Models an enthusiasm and love for history and current events
Effectively integrates 21st century skills into the classroom helping students develop strong critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, research and communication skills
Able to work with a wide range of students, helping them feel successful and to understand their unlimited potential
Member of the Social Studies Department, which will involve weekly meetings
Provides daily conferences for students
Handles discipline situations in an effective manner that supports character growth
Pursues professional development and looks to apply best educational practices in the classroom; becomes part of a professional learning community where teachers are continually improving teaching and learning
Collaborates effectively with colleagues, coaches, parents, houseparents, and administrators
Supports mutual curricular/instructional goals with the Middle and Upper School Social Studies teachers
Organizes work to achieve timeliness and order
Supports school activities by chaperoning social events and trips
Recognizes that spiritually-based character education is as important as the subject matter being taught, and shares with students the rich character lessons within history
Candidates’ overall outlook and approach to life and learning are just as important to us as appropriate qualifications and experience. Principia School seeks individuals who are . . .
Positive: We appreciate team members who are optimistic, positive, and focused on elevating and bringing out the very best in themselves and others. We are a CliftonStrengths-based organization; faculty and staff are expected to understand teammates’ strengths and how they can complement each other.
Team players: The ability to collaborate and partner with peers and senior administrators is critical. The School has a strong team-centered leadership approach. Staff are expected to be able to listen, give and receive feedback, and be comfortable exchanging ideas and speaking candidly in a professional and collegial manner. They must bring a constructive outlook to partnering with a wide range of stakeholders—administrators, faculty, coaches, houseparents, marketers, and fundraisers, among others.
Innovators: Given our fast-moving, ever-changing world, all School employees are expected to demonstrate a problem-solving mindset that helps our team come up with creative solutions to challenging issues. The School emphasizes continual improvement and expects staff to have a mentality of self-improvement and organizational excellence.
Strategic thinkers: We prize the ability to consider complex topics from multiple perspectives and offer innovative solutions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Project Management – Develops project plans
Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others
Interpersonal – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming
The Principia shall seek to serve the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution (Policy 1).
Principia is a Christian Science community of practice. Through transformative opportunities, a challenging curriculum, and character education based on the teachings of Christian Science, we examine, test, and strengthen our faith while developing the skills and understanding requisite for excellence. As global, outward-looking, inspired learners, we serve and better the world.
Principia’s values, listed below, are grounded in the teachings of Christian Science:
Teaching and learning
Thinking and acting from the basis of Principle, Love
Unfoldment of character
Individual and collective excellence
Citizenship and service
Innovation and continuous improvement
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred (in Education, History or related field)
Relevant teaching experience with high school students
Ability to teach a range of Social Studies, including US Government, American History, Geography, and parallel World History events; preferred ability to teach business management, entrepreneurial studies, and economics as well