Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Located in Atherton, California, and established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.
Menlo is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletic programs. The School helps students develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment that upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Our program encourages students to reach their fullest potential and to develop the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.
At Menlo School, equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our organizational identity. Through our daily efforts, the School demonstrates a shared commitment to the development of all stakeholders by supporting a campus ethos where equity, diversity, and inclusion reflect the major cornerstones of our community.
Menlo’s Middle School is seeking an enthusiastic, full-time 8th grade Science Teacher. The ideal candidate has a genuine love of Middle School students and is excited to work with all types of learners. They should also have a strong desire to encourage a lifelong passion and understanding of science in their students. We seek an educator who hopes to help students use inquiry to test and explain their ideas and further their understanding of the chemical, biological, and physical world through facilitated exploration. Menlo School teachers are responsible for teaching four class sections and overseeing a 10-11 student advocacy group, as well as a major extracurricular activity.
Develop and execute classroom lessons in physical, chemical, and life science using the foundations from 6th and 7th grade.
Design learning experiences, create authentic assessments, and evaluate student performance in a standards-based system, using a set of established standards
Use a variety of creative teaching methods and demonstrations that actively engage all students.
Foster curiosity and a love of learning with inquiry-based lessons where students construct, test, and defend their claims.
Actively encourage multiple methodologies for solving problems, and discuss the benefits of certain strategies over others as a vehicle for becoming a more flexible thinker.
Promote thoughtful discourse in the classroom.
Differentiate instruction for a range of student abilities.
Encourage students to develop and measure the learning habits of engagement, collaboration, learning attitude, organization.
Use technology and its applications in the classroom, including the use of MacBooks, Google tools, Veracross, JumpRope, Zoom, and Canvas LMS .
Make recommendations for Upper School science class placements.
In our hiring process, we look for teachers who:
invest in the life of the school by actively participating in Advocacy, clubs, an extracurricular activity, grade level outdoor education overnight trip, grade, department team and faculty meetings plus school-wide committees.
embody the heart of Menlo School and share our commitment to cultivating an ever more heterogeneous and inclusive community.
commit to diversity, inclusion, and equity with anti-racist teaching practices.
pursue professional growth and reflection.
have a strong passion for science and a desire to make connections with the world outside the classroom.
work collaboratively with other faculty members on a variety of teams towards a common goal through active listening, sharing, and reflecting.
Bachelor’s degree required in the field of science or science education; Master’s degree preferred
At least three years of Middle School teaching experience
A broad knowledge of and experience with current best practices in curriculum and instruction, especially standards-based learning and NGSS three-dimensional teaching.
An exceptional work environment and caring community
Excellent professional development opportunities
Highly competitive salary
A comprehensive benefits package for employees and their families
Generous contributions to 403b retirement plan
Free lunch on campus when school is in session
On-campus child care center
Many other perks and benefits
Working Environment and Physical Demands:
The job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment, but there may be possible exposure to childhood diseases and illnesses
Exposure to heated/air conditioned and ventilated facilities with average interior dust with occasional exposure to outdoor elements
Exposure to a normal school environment that is usually quiet but sometimes noisy
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a school employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions
Reasonable accommodation may be requested to enable individuals to perform the essential responsibilities of the job:
Ability to sit, stand, move, communicate, manipulate art tools, speak, hear and read during the course of normal activities
Able to use computers and other tools
Able to move items weighing up to 10 pounds
Ability to think and concentrate for sustained periods of time
In-person attendance necessary to provide an effective level of performance during regular school hours