Department/Location: Upper School Faculty, St. Louis campus
Organizational Relationship: Reports to Math Department Chair and Upper School Principal
Summary: Teaches math for Upper School with ability and interest; uses a variety of teaching methods to teach for understanding, ensuring students are effectively applying their knowledge and skills to class activities and assignments; mentors students as their teacher, character educator, and advisor; supports school activities by chaperoning social events and trips. Full-time, school year position.
Work Performed: Essential Duties*
Displays a strong interest and love for working with Upper School students
Models an enthusiasm and love for math and its applications
Plans lessons that invoke student interest and ownership, incorporates real-life situations where appropriate, and demonstrates an awareness of the needs of the 21st century learner to make math relevant and meaningful
Willing to work effectively in a 1:1 tablet laptop environment, incorporating use of graphing calculator and technology as tools to enhance learning
Effectively integrates 21st century skills into the classroom helping students develop strong critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, research, and communication skills
Able to work with a wide range of students, helping them feel successful and to understand their unlimited potential
Willing to teach various courses with an understanding of how each course fits into the entire math scope and sequence
Pursues professional development and looks to apply best educational practices in the classroom; becomes part of a professional learning community where teachers are continually improving teaching and learning
Collaborates as a member of the Math Department to support curricular and instructional goals, including weekly meetings
Collaborates effectively with colleagues, coaches, parents, houseparents, and administrators
Provides daily conferences for students
Handles discipline situations in an effective manner that supports character growth
Participates in Upper School extracurricular activities
Recognizes that spiritually-based character education is as important as the subject matter being taught and shares with students the rich character lessons within classroom collaboration
Candidates’ overall outlook and approach to life and learning are just as important to us as appropriate qualifications and experience. Principia School seeks individuals who are . . .
Positive: We appreciate team members who are optimistic, positive, and focused on elevating and bringing out the very best in themselves and others. We are a strengths-based organization; faculty and staff are expected to understand teammates’ strengths and how they can complement each other.
Team players: The ability to collaborate and partner with peers and senior administrators is critical. The School has a strong team-centered leadership approach. Staff are expected to be able to listen, give and receive feedback, and be comfortable exchanging ideas and speaking candidly in a professional and collegial manner. They must bring a constructive outlook to partnering with a wide range of stakeholders—administrators, faculty, coaches, houseparents, marketers, and fundraisers, among others.
Innovators: Given our fast-moving, ever-changing world, all School employees are expected to demonstrate a problem-solving mindset that helps our team come up with creative solutions to challenging issues. The School emphasizes continual improvement and expects staff to have a mentality of self-improvement and organizational excellence.
Strategic thinkers: We prize the ability to consider complex topics from multiple perspectives and offer innovative solutions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Collaborates regularly and communicates effectively with colleagues; able to work independently and effectively organize and prioritize work
Uses technology to engage students and enhance instruction
Demonstrates initiative and follow-through on professional expectations including self-reflection and evaluation, maintenance of accurate records, and communication with families; must be able to maintain strict confidentiality
Communicates clearly through both speaking and writing
The Principia shall seek to serve the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution (Policy 1).
Principia is a Christian Science community of practice. Through transformative opportunities, a challenging curriculum, and character education based on the teachings of Christian Science, we examine, test, and strengthen our faith while developing the skills and understanding requisite for excellence. As global, outward-looking, inspired learners, we serve and better the world.
Principia’s values, listed below, are grounded in the teachings of Christian Science:
Teaching and learning
Thinking and acting from the basis of Principle, Love
Unfoldment of character
Individual and collective excellence
Citizenship and service
Innovation and continuous improvement
Bachelor’s degree in Math required; Master’s degree preferred (in Education, Math, or related field)
Teaching certification preferred (required within two years of hire)
Relevant teaching experience with Upper School students
*The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed, but are not to be seen as a complete list of responsibilities and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.