The Potomac School Science Department seeks a full-time Upper School Science Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. This position reports to the Head of the Upper School and is responsible for teaching four classes that are a combination of Biology and Chemistry as well as advising a group of Upper School students.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Inspire a love of science in students through teaching four classes.
Build relationships with students via the classroom and an advisory.
Plan, prepare, and deliver lesson plans and instruction in a manner that facilitates active, student-centered learning using various teaching methods such as discussions, group activities, and occasional lectures.
Work with students to encourage and facilitate each individual’s growth.
Teach the assigned curriculum, evaluate students’ progress, and inform parents of progress.
Keep attendance records; manage student behavior in the classroom and maintain a positive educational environment for all students.
Meet with parents as needed to discuss student progress and challenges.
Participate in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, and other teacher training workshops.
Demonstrate personal leadership qualities to inspire student learning, including understanding of the characteristics of the age group taught.
Work in an organized, dependable, patient, and creative manner.
Advise a small group of Upper School students by developing meaningful relationships with them and supporting their academic and social-emotional growth.
Perform all other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably with previous experience teaching Biology and Chemistry at the Upper School level.
Ability to communicate, motivate, and understand the students’ educational and emotional needs.
Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teachers, support staff, parents and members of the community.
Ability to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences in students and use different teaching methods that inspire high student achievement.
Enthusiasm and joy for working with students.
About The Potomac School
The Potomac School is an independent K-12 day school located in McLean, Va. While we are a K-12 school, we are more accurately described as a K through lifetime experience. We nurture the development of our students as unique individuals and as contributing members of a vibrant learning community.
Our school comprises four distinct yet interconnected divisions, joined through a shared mission, integrated curriculum, and deeply rooted communal ties. We enjoy the beauty and natural resources of our 90-acre campus, our athletic fields, woods, streams, and ponds providing a rare and wonderful setting for each student's educational journey.
Mission: At The Potomac School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary, and equally essential, educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.