Westridge is seeking an experienced upper school English teacher to join our team of dedicated faculty members beginning fall 2021. Reporting to the director of upper school, the upper school English teacher will have the skills needed to guide his/her class in engaging and challenging student-led conversations. The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and diversity responsive instructional practices. S/he will emphasize the fundamentals of close reading, essay writing, and grammar. Additionally, s/he will have an approach that differentiates levels of challenge that also builds confidence in our students. The candidate will have an interest and skill in collaborating with colleagues as well as the potential and willingness to contribute beyond the classroom. This teacher will inspire and challenge our students through the mission of the school.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Convey enthusiasm for content and intellectual inquiry
Design instruction that emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving
Preparation of course materials in collaboration with the English department, including syllabi, homework assignments, assessments, and supplementary materials
Administration and evaluation of class work, assignments, and assessments
Preparation and maintenance of student attendance records, grades, comments, and other required records including letters of recommendation
Planning, evaluation, and revision of curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction
Build skills and provide opportunities that help recognize, respect and embrace diversity of all kinds, and contribute to a culture of belonging
Integrate appropriate technology to enhance learning; Westridge is a 1:1 laptop environment
Collaborate effectively with students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents
Model flexibility in implementing best learning practices
Support the social and emotional well-being of all students
Participate regularly in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter’
Participate in the greater life of the division and school
3-5 years’ experience teaching English, preferably in an all-girls’ environment
Ability to teach different grade levels in English and a willingness to shift grades to accommodate the needs of the department and the school
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated experience and skill in the effective use of technology and integrating technological applications in the classroom
Previous experience developing and implementing diversity responsive curriculum to improve teaching and student learning preferred
Demonstrated competency in student and faculty work that promotes diversity, inclusion, equity, and community engagement preferred
Attitude of collaboration and collegiality
A strong commitment to the mission and vision of Westridge School
Schedule and Salary
This is a full-time exempt position; hours 7:30 to 3:30. Salary range depends on qualifications and experience.
Send cover letter, resume, and references to Jobs@Westridge.org. Include “Upper School English Teacher” in the subject line.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are evaluated without consideration of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. For more information: www.Westridge.org.
About Westridge School for Girls
Westridge School is an independent day school for girls located in Pasadena, California. Founded in 1913, the school has an enrollment of approximately 500 girls in grades 4 through 12 and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Westridge is committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders. Westridge is a vibrant and diverse community that is grounded in the commitment to goodness in all aspects of life and learning. Students are encouraged to learn and thrive in new ways, to try new things, and to be resilient. The school balances challenging academics and a focus on leadership development with a deeply engrained culture that prioritizes physical and emotional wellness and treating oneself, others, and the world with integrity, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and courage to stand up and speak for the ideals of responsibility and integrity as they take their places in an ever-changing world.
Westridge is located 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Southern California region is home to several world-class museums and restaurants, and includes ...excellent outdoor opportunities for the biking, swimming, surfing, and hiking enthusiast.
Salaries are competitive. Full-time employees are eligible for health benefits which include full medical, dental, and vision coverage and participation in an ample retirement plan with TIAA-CREF. Employees who contribute a minimum of 2 percent of their salary to retirement, receive an additional 7 percent of salary contributed by Westridge to their retirement account.
Other benefits include a generous holiday schedule, disability insurance, group life insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, a flexible spending plan, and a rideshare/public transit/bike-walk incentive program. In addition, technology is an integral part of daily life at Westridge. Employees have access to the latest, state-of-the-art computing systems including SMART Boards, Podcasting software, and desk-top publishing programs.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer and opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or handicap.