Synapse School in Menlo Park, CA, an innovative independent school located in the heart of Silicon Valley dedicated to rethinking and reimagining education, seeks a HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHER.
Setting and Location
South of San Francisco, Synapse School resides in the city of Menlo Park. Because of Synapse's unique and exciting location, our school is influenced by the dynamic cultural, intellectual and ethnic diversity that permeates the region. Stanford University is minutes away and provides an unparalleled intellectual community in neighboring Palo Alto. Synapse is a close neighbor to several high-tech and high-profile companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. We are conveniently located between freeways 101 and 280 and along Caltrain, a commuter railway system that services thousands of people each day from San Jose to San Francisco.
Synapse School is expanding its program to high school and is starting with a 9th grade batch in the 21-22 school year. The school seeks a High School Math teacher for the 21-22 school year, who will also have middle school teaching responsibilities. The ideal candidate will be a creative and enthusiastic teacher who has a strong commitment to meeting the learning needs of each student, a teaching style that supports differentiation of instruction, a collaborative spirit, and an interest in building community. The candidate will develop a differentiated curriculum, provide direct instruction, and support the assessment process. Additional responsibilities include collaborative teacher meetings and supervisory duties.
We are looking for a teacher who loves working with high schoolers, is highly collaborative, loves innovation and design, has a growth mindset, always puts the students first, understands constructivism, is committed to social-emotional learning, and wants to be part of a team of forward-thinking educators at an innovative start-up high school.
Flexible start date; ideally starts in July 2021.
Design and deliver hands-on, innovative, and project-based math curriculum
Teach constructivist, project-based, mixed-aged, and mixed-ability high school and middle school math classes
Collaborate with teachers and specialists to develop and document integrated theme-based curriculum
Integrate appropriate technology to enhance learning
Collaborate effectively with students, teachers, and parents
Work flexibly and contribute to the overall development of the high school program
Model flexibility in implementing best learning practices
Provide timely and thoughtful feedback to students and parents in the forms of assessments, written narrative feedback, student-parent-teacher conferences, and meetings/conferences with parents
Attend student meetings, weekly faculty meetings, and other meetings as needed
Hold individual parent-teacher conferences and join other teachers for conferences as needed
An ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:
Minimum of three years of classroom experience in High School
Excellent verbal and written skills and ability to communicate with students, parents, and colleagues
A bachelor’s degree in education, English, history, or a related field. An advanced degree is preferred, though not required.
Experience developing and implementing constructivist, project-based curriculum
Desire to be innovative and creative in curriculum design and pedagogy
Creativity, flexibility, a sense of humor, and a love of learning
A passion to work cooperatively with colleagues on a consistent basis and actively cultivate an inclusive environment and support a school community grounded in empathy, social responsibility, and an appreciation and respect for individual differences
Experience integrating technology effectively into student learning
Demonstrate kindness, enthusiasm, a sense of humor, investment in continued learning and professional growth, and a passion for supporting children as they grow and learn
Effective classroom management skills
Mentoring high school-aged students to support their personal and social-emotional growth
Success in significantly growing students’ capacity to communicate in a variety of forms, lead among them math
About Synapse School
An independent school in Menlo Park, California, Synapse, a Lab school of Six Seconds, educates change makers by combining social-emotional learning, leading-edge academics, and the practice of innovation. We have an unwavering belief in the capacity of children, and our teachers work alongside our students to unlock their powers of curiosity, discovery, and creativity. Synapse’s program provides a deep and unique range of integrated academic, social, and creative experiences to help children use their hearts and hands to unleash their passion for learning. Synapse draws students from around the San Francisco Bay Area.