Under the supervision of the Assistant Head for Teaching & Learning – Lower School, the Environmental Science Teacher will plan, develop, and implement an effective science curriculum to maintain a classroom environment that supports each student’s social, emotional, and cognitive growth and development in accordance with the policies and philosophy of The Lamplighter School. The Environmental Science Teacher must also be a passionate educator with comprehensive knowledge of early childhood development who employs a variety of teaching tools and methodologies to educate students in Pre-K (3) – 4th grades in a robust science and design learning program.
Plan, develop, and implement engaging curriculum based on Next Generation Science Standards and the Lamplighter mission to include joyful, hands-on activities, exploratory, experimental, and constructivist philosophy of science
Revise and modify curriculum accordingly throughout the year, as necessary to meet the needs of all students
Consult with resources from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in further maintaining and developing the Environmental Science program.
Collaborate with both the Science Department and Homeroom Teachers on large scale projects that develop 21st century skills such as adaptation, collaboration, communication, creativity, and innovation.
Pursue new opportunities for local area partnerships to support science-specific projects and promote The Lamplighter School’s science program within the Dallas community.
Cultivate effective professional relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and The Lamplighter School’s partnerships with The Perot Museum, the Dallas Arboretum, Trinity River Audubon Center, and Mountain View College.
Seek opportunities to lead, publish, and present on Environmental Science topics in the community, at national conferences, and beyond, both virtually, and in-person.
Work daily in the greenhouse and outdoor gardens during the school year and intermittently in the summer
Offer summer camps related to Environmental Science topics for Lower School students.
Create positive educational climate for students
Perform all other related duties as assigned
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Science Education, preferably in Earth or Environmental Science; Master’s degree preferred
3 years teaching experience preferred with an understanding of the Montessori
Experience establishing and maintaining gardens
Experience managing small teams of volunteers or working on a team
Experience with or willingness to explore sustainability related projects
Experience in designing curriculum using the most current science standards
STEM/Design Thinking experience preferred
Understanding of the Montessori method of education
About The Lamplighter School
Lamplighter is dedicated to igniting the potential of each child. Focused on students in Pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade, young children are engaged in the joy of learning through intellectual discovery in a nurturing, inclusive, and collaborative environment. At Lamplighter, the student is central and our faculty is extraordinarily skilled at working side by side to nurture each child’s natural curiosity. Lamplighter offers limitless possibilities for learning, including opportunities to solve real problems, develop STEM skills, and benefit from our outdoor environmental science building, barn, and gardens. Students at the School emerge as risk takers, problem solvers, and confident leaders. Founded in 1953, today’s 12-acre campus has an enrollment of 450 students. Lamplighter delivers serious education wrapped in the wonder of childhood.