Christchurch School is seeking candidates to teach computer science concepts through the medium of design thinking and our maker lab. We have redesigned our computer science curriculum around the design thinking model, so that students learn coding and computational thinking through a design and build process that focuses on empathy and problem-solving. We seek a candidate who would like to continue this “hands-on” approach, who would teach computer science courses and run our fully equipped maker space in partnership with the math department. Use of the space includes both computer science courses as well as student projects for other disciplines. Longer term, the candidate will have an exciting opportunity to work in partnership with the math department to teach quantitative reasoning through a maker process.
Requirements for candidates are flexible; candidates should have degrees and experience that equip them to teach coding and run a maker space. Our school is working on a mastery of competencies model (see the Mastery Transcript Consortium website for more information) for assessment, and a hands-on computer science curriculum is an ideal test bed for this approach, so candidates should be broadly familiar with and open to this. Experience with and interest in robotics is necessary. Finally, candidates should be realistic and excited about the challenges and rewards of teaching and living in a boarding school, as well as working with students who have a wide variety of learning styles and ability levels.
About Christchurch School
Christchurch School: we combine strong community with innovation to deliver our mission to meet students where they are and help them to find their infinite value in a rapidly changing world. Our traditions encompass being a coeducational Episcopal boarding and day school with an academically diverse student population of 200 college-bound students in grades 9 - 12. We believe strongly in being a mission-driven community. Our teachers know our mission and believe in it, and try to live it everyday. Prospective faculty members should embrace the mission, values and aspirations of our school, and want to live and work with students of many different kinds. Prospective teachers should also be committed to our progressive approach to education, which uses a highly relational, mastery, and place-based approach to build competencies and make meaningful connections so that learning is relevant. More details about our innovative curriculum--as well as our co-curricular programs, which include successful athletics and place-based outdoor immersion programs--are available on our website.
Situated on the banks of the Rappahannock River in rural Tidewater, Virginia, Christchurch is near ...to the village of Urbanna and the towns of Gloucester and Kilmarnock. We are forty-five minutes from Williamsburg (home of the College of William and Mary), and one hour from both Richmond and the Hampton Roads area. With a student population of 200 and a teaching faculty of 30, the atmosphere on campus is collegial, friendly, personal, and above all, community-oriented.
70% of faculty members and their families live on campus, where housing includes utilities. Faculty families are welcome for all regular meals when school is in session. Resident and non-resident members of the faculty participate in the full life of the school-from morning assembly and chapel to classroom and after-school activities, athletics, residential life oversight and weekend activities, as well as special events and awards ceremonies.
The standard load carried by faculty members is 4 classes, 2 co-curricular seasons or the equivalent, and rotating dorm duty. All positions include competitive salary commensurate with experience and education, as well as benefits (major medical insurance, dental, and vision, TIAA-CREF, disability insurance, life insurance, meals, and professional development) and may include housing and utilities.
One of six schools in the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, Christchurch is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. We are accredited by VAIS through the Virginia Council for Higher Education, the Commonwealth of Virginia's authorized accrediting agency for independent schools. We subscribe to the principles of good practice of these organizations.
Christchurch School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or age in the administration of its hiring procedures.
Check out our website and our mission, values, and aspirations: we believe in fostering the infinite value of each student, and we try to live that everyday. Great Journeys Begin at the River!