St. Mark’s School of Texas seeks an energetic and dynamic Middle School science educator to serve as fifth grade physical science teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. The fifth grade course introduces the skills and processes that are the basis for scientific investigations, and it includes units in introductory physics, chemistry, and robotics. Concepts of hypothesis formation and testing, measurement, observation, data collection, and data analysis are developed through class work, laboratory investigations, and special projects. Candidates should have a background in at least one of the physical sciences—physics, chemistry, engineering, or a related field—and the ideal candidate will be capable of teaching a broad spectrum of Middle School science classes. St. Mark’s students are eager and motivated learners, and the science courses are based upon frequent laboratory experiences. A strong candidate should be able to design and conduct laboratory activities, teach with an engaging classroom style, and appeal to the learning styles of a diverse and extremely talented group of boys. Moreover, candidates should have a desire to participate enthusiastically in activities outside of the classroom, such as coaching, sponsoring a club, or participating in the St. Mark’s Wilderness Program.
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a vibrant learning community, and successful candidates will have a love of working with boys and will be generative in the ways they think about teaching and learning. Character and leadership education is an important element of the School’s program that spans all Divisions and is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Teaching four or five sections of science in the Middle School
Serving as an advisor to a small group of boys
Contributing to the broader community by participating in the wilderness program, club program, or athletic program, depending on experience
Participating in the character and leadership education program
Experience / Qualifications & Skills
Bachelor’s degree in a field of science is required; Master’s degree in a field of science or science education is preferred.
Five or more years of teaching science in Middle and/or High School; independent school experience is a plus.
Knowledge of varied teaching strategies to differentiate learning
Fluency with a variety of technology tools to advance learning
Passion for subject matter and for working with young people and colleagues
Enthusiastic and collaborative approach to working with colleagues
About St. Mark's School of Texas
Founded in 1906, St. Mark's School of Texas is a non-sectarian, college-preparatory, independent day school for boys in grades one through twelve. The School’s charter states that it is “designed to afford its students well-rounded physical, intellectual, moral, and religious training and instruction.” The School is intended to be a diverse community of teachers and students who share a love of learning and who strive for high achievement in whatever they undertake.
St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world. To this end, the School professes and upholds certain values. These values include the discipline of postponing immediate gratification in the interests of earning eventual, hard-won satisfaction; the responsibility of defending one’s own ideas, of respecting the views of others, and of accepting the consequences for one’s own actions; and an appreciation for the lively connection between knowledge and responsibility and the obligation to serve.