Graland Country Day School is seeking a middle school science teacher to work closely with students in grades 5-8. A successful candidate will be an experienced teacher who understands school environments and the unique needs of middle school students. This candidate thrives when working collaboratively and is skilled at working with students, faculty, and families.
About Graland’s Middle School
Teaching in the middle school at Graland is a multi-faceted experience. We start with the fundamental belief that teaching middle school students is about building relationships. From here, teachers are responsible for fostering in students a love of learning and the development of skills necessary to be successful. Math, English, science, and history teachers teach one grade level and form that grade's MESH team, whose charge is to create continuity in students' experiences, including developing central themes and interdisciplinary units, common expectations for student work and behavior, to integrate technology, and to manage students' academic and social well being. The MESH team also serves as advisors within their respective grade levels. Foreign Language and Visual and Performing Arts teachers work with a range of grade levels and are members of departmental teams. They may serve as advisors as well. The middle school experience at Graland calls for teachers to recognize that working with this age group requires a variety roles, including coaching sports or an innovation team in the Gates lab, and a high level of energy and enthusiasm from its staff.
Professional and Personal Qualities
Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
Experience with middle school students preferred
Excellent communication skills ?
A collaborative and supportive member of the Graland community who...
Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
Provides a safe environment for students.
Upholds school, employee and family confidentiality.
Represents school in position and in community – understands voice of school.
Participates in effective communication that is responsible, descriptive, and nonjudgmental.
Adheres to all school policies and procedures.
Offers support during after-hours as needed.
Likes to work with people and create solutions.
The middle school science curriculum at Graland taps into the natural curiosity of middle schoolers while also focusing on critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through a host of hands on activities. Students become increasingly adept at making astute observations, employing data and evidence to make informed inferences and predictions, and at considering multiple methods and perspectives when choosing likely solutions to complex problems. Whether they are engaged in dissections, calorimetry, a slingshot lab or crushing balsa wood towers, these young scientists learn to rely on both their growing creative resourcefulness and on increasingly disciplined thinking. As students grow in their scientific capacity, they are able to manipulate variables in experiments of their own design, experience an enhanced connection to the natural world and become empowered to clearly communicate complex and nuanced scientific ideas. Graduates should be able to think both analytically and creatively, possess the innovative skills to apply new solutions to real world problems, and be better prepared to think critically about scientific issues facing our future.
Reports to: Head of Middle School
Status: Full-time, school year
About Graland Country Day School
Graland Country Day School is a dynamic learning community having a commitment to academics, athletics, the arts, diversity, service learning, and community responsibility for children from pre kindergarten through the 8th grade. The school balances strong traditions with a progressive orientation for student learning. Teachers at Graland are highly valued as educators and challenged to model life-long learning as they grow both professionally and personally. Over 50% of faculty hold advanced degrees and many have been at Graland for 10 or more years. The school strongly encourages and supports a wide variety of professional development opportunities for its faculty.
Graland is centrally located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Denver, near the Cherry Creek district and three miles from the center of Denver – allowing for a quality of life that combines living in an urban environment with the ability to pursue a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the beautiful Rocky Mountain region