The White Mountain School seeks a full-time English teacher to begin duties on August 17, 2020. We believe this is an incredibly exciting time to be working at The White Mountain School: we take seriously the idea that education must be driven by student inquiry. Learning is more durable, transferable and meaningful when it is motivated by student curiosity and anchored in topics that are relevant -- to them and the world. We believe our students are capable of doing great things, and because of that, our teachers encourage students to ask meaningful, nontrivial questions and then make both time and space for students to answer their own questions as well as communicate their findings. As a teacher, this is an exciting place to live, to work, and to learn.
The White Mountain School’s mission:
We are a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in our Episcopal heritage, we prepare and inspire students to lead lives of curiosity, courage and compassion.
Equity and Inclusion: The White Mountain School aspires to create an inclusive community that is enriched by respect, understanding and shared values. We strive to have our faculty and curriculum reflect the diversity of our boarding population.
Our place in nature: Deeply committed to environmental sustainability, the school’s motto, “Lift thine eyes to the mountains” reflects our long held value in finding inspiration, peace and humility in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Curiosity: We are a school that encourages and celebrates questions. Successful candidates will model lifelong learning.
For the English teaching position, the ideal candidate will:
Be able to teach a range of English electives
Be able to put modern texts in conversation with the canon
Find ways to integrate current conversations about social justice, climate change and food/water insecurity into their classroom discussions.
Other responsibilities include:
Dormitory residence and supervision (roughly once a week),
Weekend Activities (roughly once a month),
Serving as an advisor to 5-6 students,
Coaching two seasons (coaching is broadly defined to be all afternoon activities, including things such as soccer, skiing, robotics, farm and forest, community service and theater)
Leading one week-long Field Course (place-based, experiential education) each semester.
A successful candidate will:
Have a college degree in English or related field,
Have experience or willingness to work at a boarding school as a dorm faculty,
Be interested in progressive curriculum and assessment models,
Be passionate about working with students in and out of the classroom,
Have a sense of humor and a high degree of flexibility,
Fully embrace the active lifestyle of a boarding school.
Interested candidates should submit their resume and (in lieu of a cover letter) their answers to the four questions below via email to WMShiring@whitemountain.org. (Limit your answers for each question to 150 words.)
Question 1: What does student-driven inquiry mean to you, and why are you interested in a school committed to it?
Question 2: If we observed you teaching an amazing class, what would we see?
Question 3: In what ways has your previous work (or studies) demonstrated a commitment to equity and inclusion?
Question 4: The work our teachers do in advising and in the dorm is often the most impactful work they do. As an educator, why do you believe this to be true?
About The White Mountain School
The White Mountain School
Set among the beautiful mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a college preparatory boarding and day school of 135 students in grades 9-12. Since our founding in 1886, we have remained true to the original focus of New England boarding schools: the development of mind, body and spirit. We develop the mind through our college preparatory curriculum and through a campus-wide ethos of inquiry and engagement in learning. We develop the body through sports and other physical activities, making full use of our spectacular natural setting. We develop the spirit through reflection, exploration of meaning and purpose, and service in the broader world.