Pace Academy is an independent college preparatory school in Atlanta, Ga., with an enrollment of 1,115 students in Pre-First through 12th grades. At Pace, we hire enthusiastic and energetic professionals who are dedicated to their crafts and passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. Pace actively seeks candidates from historically underrepresented populations.
Our commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture is reflected in a community in which differences are embraced, and students, parents, faculty and staff have a sense of belonging. We are looking for culturally competent and responsive candidates who believe in the critical importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the life of a school and can effectively incorporate those principles in their teaching.
Pace Academy’s Lower School seeks an expert science teacher with a passion for the subject and a gift for inspiring young minds as they discover how major concepts in science and scientific thinking inform the world around them. The ideal candidate is excited by the idea of helping our youngest students become prepared, confident global citizens with the skills to explain and explore scientific phenomena, and to think critically about data and information so that they can be applied to everyday life.
The successful candidate will oversee the implementation of the Pre-First through fourth-grade science curriculum. Working in close collaboration with our STEAM program, our Design Thinking program and the Isdell Center for Global Leadership, the science teacher will be responsible for creating daily lesson plans and learning activities that incorporate technology and engage students in real-world global issues, allowing them to explore, explain, expand and evaluate their own findings. The ideal candidate should also embrace professional collaboration with colleagues and have a desire to engage with fellow teachers across all subject areas.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepares course objectives and outlines for courses of study
Delivers high-quality, engaging science instruction in the form of discussion, direct teaching, demonstrations and independent practice using a variety of proven methods to students in grades Pre-First through four
Creates a classroom environment that promotes students' curiosity and critical thinking, and that empowers students to express and share points of view, solve problems and make decisions based on evidence
Encourages an atmosphere of collaborative teamwork in the classroom that teaches students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning and consider multiple perspectives when solving problems
Effectively manages and maintains a safe, well-organized science lab with all the necessary materials required for an engaged learning experience
Works cooperatively with the directors of STEAM, Design Thinking and the ICGL to deliver a congruent educational experience
Effectively incorporates principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching and classroom culture
Attends mandatory training, professional development and education in antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion
Models and reinforces the Lower School Code of Conduct
Reports student progress through regularly scheduled reports
Communicates effectively with parents in a timely manner
Participates in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops
Attends faculty meetings, grade level parent gathering, admissions testing, Sunday Sundae, Open House and Graduation
Participates in the co-curricular activities of the school community (such as coaching, sponsoring clubs, etc.)
Other duties may be assigned
A bachelor’s degree (B.A or B.S) in elementary education. An advanced degree is preferred.
Minimum two to five years experience delivering exceptional science instruction to students in Pre-First through fourth grade
Georgia certification is required
Proficient use of technology, including interactive whiteboard is necessary
A positive outlook, flexibility and a collaborative, nurturing nature are necessary
Belief in the critical importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the life of a school so as to foster a sense of belonging
Strong communication skills (oral and written)
Previous experience in robotics preferred (this position may include teaching robotics as part of the science curriculum and/or leading students through the FIRST Lego League program)
Commitment to excellence and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated experience in organizing, conceptualizing and prioritizing objectives
Adaptability in dealing with change or unexpected events to ensure the general welfare of the school
Must be able to work on campus, for in-person learning
Pace offers a complete benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurances, a 403(b) plan with a generous match, paid term life and disability insurances, supplemental insurance plans, Georgia 529 and Flexible Spending Accounts.
How to Apply:
Send your cover letter, CV or resume, statement of teaching philosophy, and references to: Jobs@PaceAcademy.org.
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About Pace Academy
Pace Academy is an independent college preparatory school in Atlanta, Georgia, with an enrollment of 1115 students in pre-first through twelfth grades. Pace Academy provides a rigorous academic curriculum to prepare students for success at a variety of prestigious colleges and universities. The school strives to provide an environment that stimulates physical health, a spirit of service, respect for diversity, and a healthy psychological and social outlook.