University School of Nashville has openings in grade seven and grade eight for creative, collaborative, and experienced educators to teach English and be part of an outstanding academic and advising team. The teachers will join a well-established middle school English faculty and report to the Head of Middle School and English Department Chair.
Middle School English teachers at USN work closely as a department, and within their grade-level academic teams, to develop a scope and sequence of courses to inspire and challenge students to grow in skills and knowledge, and to make the world come alive for them. The middle school years are a time of powerful personal growth in children. As such, of primary importance in these courses are providing students with rich opportunities to gain fuller self-awareness, a deeper understanding and appreciation of differences across all people, and an increased knowledge of the learning process. Traditional English-related areas such as writing, reading, literature, grammar, and vocabulary must be taught in the context of these broader priorities, and strong candidates should come prepared with examples of their experience teaching English in this context.
The successful candidate will have at least a bachelor’s degree in English or a related field, a demonstrated ability to work effectively with students of varying learning styles and abilities, a strong commitment to interdisciplinary learning in a team approach, and be interested and effective in collaborating with other adults in an educational setting.
USN has a deep commitment to equitable and just community spaces. Candidates should be knowledgeable of research on how implicit biases in race, ethnicity, gender identity and socioeconomic class can shape curricula and pedagogy, classroom culture, and student outcomes. Candidates should be able to translate that knowledge into demonstrable actions that promote equitable and just teaching and learning.
University School of Nashville is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school with enrollment of 1,080 students kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 1915, the George Peabody College for Teachers opened Peabody Demonstration School, USN’s predecessor, which earned acclaim for its curriculum and faculty. In 1974, Peabody College announced plans to close PDS, and a group of parents, alumni, students, and teachers reconstituted and re-chartered the school as University School of Nashville.
USN’s midtown location adjacent to Vanderbilt University and its Peabody College for Teachers reminds us each day of our beginnings 106 years ago in the demonstration school culture of innovation and educational best practices. It’s a vibrant educational community for both students and teachers in the midst of a dynamic city.
In the USN community, students expect much of each other, and faculty benefit from that high standard. We seek educators who are enthusiastic about their own learning to complement their teaching, and we offer many opportunities for professional development. USN is committed to creating an institutional environment that mirrors the cultural and ethnic composition of greater Nashville. USN encourages a diverse applicant pool and provides equal employment opportunities for employees and job applicants.
Candidates wishing to be considered for this position should complete the online application available at usn.org/jobs. To learn more about USN, visit our website at usn.org.
About University School of Nashville
University School of Nashville is a K-12, independent, co-educational, non-sectarian day school established in 1975 as the successor to Peabody Demonstration School. USN is known for its academic excellence and for its commitment to putting students first.