North Country School is a junior boarding/day school for grades 4-9 located on a 220-acre campus in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York. North Country School gives children a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. Central to our academic program is a hands-on, place-based approach founded on the progressive tradition of John Dewey. Math students learn measurement and computer skills by tracking the weights of newborn lambs. Science students study anatomy by reassembling chicken skeletons from birds they harvest. English students write persuasive letters to elected officials about environmental issues they research. Arts students restore rowboats, knit scarves from wool from our own sheep, and create sculptures and murals that decorate our campus.
North Country School is seeking a dynamic and highly collaborative middle school history teacher and houseparent for the fall of 2021. The successful candidate will join a community of dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and experienced faculty who are committed to the mission to “create a community that gives children the self-confidence, knowledge, skills, and values to lead satisfying and productive lives while contributing to their world.” Our goal is to build a joyful, inclusive, and respectful learning community.
This teacher will be responsible for teaching up to four sections of middle school history courses as well as living in a house and serving as a houseparent. The successful candidate must be able to transfer an enthusiasm for and a deep understanding of history to students using multiple modalities and authentic applications in order to make learning relevant and meaningful for students. Differentiation, such that students are appropriately challenged within their developmental level, and a meaningful approach to homework are expected instructional strategies. Experience with technology integration and implementation of innovative learning strategies is highly desired. A candidate must also demonstrate excellent communication and collaboration skills, creativity, and a high degree of self-direction and flexibility.
1) Student Relationships
Creating an inclusive, welcoming, learning-motivated classroom environment where student voice is celebrated.
Be attuned to the specific learning needs and social and emotional development of each student.
Serve as a houseparent in a house of 8-12 students; provide instruction in health, wellness, and character education while coaching, mentoring, and counseling.
Provide academic support for students outside of class time (answering homework questions, providing extra writing help, etc.), as needed.
Facilitate age-appropriate exploratory, investigative, and challenging instruction.
Plan instruction that inspires enthusiasm, confidence, and a deep understanding of history.
Create learning experiences by incorporating a range of instruction modalities.
Assess understanding using a variety of formative and summative assessments.
Utilize assessment feedback to adjust instruction and continuously improve student learning.
Use technology creatively and effectively in a one-to-one laptop environment.
Attend and collaborate in the organization of annual overnight educational trips.
Actively pursue student-centered professional learning opportunities aligned with school goals and initiatives.
Active collaboration with other middle school teachers, educators, and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, plan trips, interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and special projects.
Communicate regularly with parents regarding curriculum, student progress, and course placements.
Be a positive and contributing member of the school community.
Supervise students in other roles such as recess, lunch, field trips, etc.
Participate actively in department, grade-level team, and faculty meetings as scheduled.
Pursue relevant opportunities for professional growth and development.
Requirements and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:
a Bachelor’s degree in history or a closely-related field (Master’s degree is preferred)
a passion for interacting with middle level students in and outside of the classroom
the desire for a highly collaborative work environment that values innovation and creativity
a sense of humor and a pitch-in, can-do, “yes…and” attitude
the ability to use technology to enhance the classroom experience
the desire to use a range of resources that represent diverse cultures, experiences and viewpoints
Partake in community work with students and engage with students in outdoor trips like rock climbing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, overnight hiking and camping, and many other activities that support our co-curricular focus on experiential learning.
satisfactorily completed a nationwide criminal background check.
Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to email@example.com. Interviews including demonstration lessons will take place until the position is filled.
About North Country School
Founded in 1938, North Country School (NCS) sits in the heart of the mountains in the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, of which two million acres is forest preserve. NCS has long practiced a progressive, hands-on, and place-based education for boarding and day students in grades 4-9. Programming is held in the summer months under North Country School’s sister organization, Camp Treetops. Our 220-acre campus includes extensive vegetable and flower gardens, a working farm, a maple sugaring operation, a six-trail ski hill, a thirty-six-route rock climbing crag, two riding rings, and over 3 miles of recreational trails, as well as a state-of-the-art performing arts center and teaching/learning kitchen. North Country School serves children who come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and countries and provides a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. At NCS, the students are known well by the dedicated, multi-talented adults who teach and care for them. NCS's unique academic programming includes an engaging traditional core curriculum and hands-on projects alongside signature programs in the arts, farm and garden, outdoors, and community life. Wi...th extensive offerings in studio and performing arts, outdoor activities from horseback riding to ice climbing, and barn and garden experiences like watching lambs give birth or harvesting vegetables, NCS provides a variety of venues in which every child can find success.