Category: Languages and Literature Teaching Faculty
Preferred Education: BA and/or Masters in English Literature
Verde Valley School is a small (120 students), independent, boarding and day school serving grades 9-12. The campus is surrounded by National Forest and the splendor of Sedona’s red rock towers. With a working farm and 25 horses on campus, Verde Valley’s rugged and intimate campus shapes a community in which every student is known and supported in becoming the fullest, most thriving version of him/herself. Academically, VVS is an IB World School, and offers the IB Diploma and Course Certificate programs at the 11th – 12th grades. The school’s program is best encapsulated by its motto, IB + Dirt. Guiding principles include: global citizenship, environmental stewardship, academic excellence, the value of physical labor, and service to others. Please visit the website for more information at www.vvsaz.org.
Verde Valley School seeks a skilled and enthusiastic English teacher with the ability to teach grades 9 – 12 in a rigorous academic setting. Through reading and discussing a range of literary works, students develop their critical reading and analytical writing skills. English classes at VVS include seminar discussions, frequent opportunities to practice and receive feedback on their analytical writing as well as creative and collaborative projects. A belief that all students can develop the reading and writing skills necessary for college and beyond coupled with an affinity for differentiating instruction for a wide range of students are hallmarks of the VVS English faculty.
In addition to teaching, all full-time faculty lead one extracurricular sport/activity twice each week. In terms of residential duty, faculty supervise students one evening per week and one weekend per month. Verde Valley is proud of its experiential education programs. Faculty are responsible for co-leading a ten-day experiential education travel program throughout the southwest during the fall. In the spring, faculty lead an eight-day on-campus project-based program on a topic outside their discipline.
Verde Valley School is a residential community. On-campus housing and meals at the dining hall are provided.
Preference is given to candidates who have:
Experience designing and implementing IB or AP literature curriculum
Experience differentiating instruction for a wide range of learners
Experience infusing experiential education into a literature classroom
Previous professional experience in a residential setting
The ability to coach sports or activities offered at VVS
Experience leading multi-day experiential education trips
As VVS courses are inherently international, experience and comfort with a variety of cultures is highly valued. The position begins August 2020. Please send a cover letter and resume, with the subject heading ‘English Literature Position Application to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Candidate must be willing to wholeheartedly engage in all facets of boarding school life including advising, coaching, weekends, and dorm supervision.
About Verde Valley School
Verde Valley School is a small, independent, boarding and day school serving grades 9-12. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is our main curriculum, and the student body is 50% international. VVS’s guiding principles include academic excellence, intercultural understanding and service to others. Please visit our website for more information at www.vvsaz.org.